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Section C – Future Committee Meetings

This section includes the agendas of the forthcoming committee meetings and outlines proposed future business, which may be subject to change. Committees have the right to take items in private and this will be notified as far in advance as possible.

Many committees include details of their future business on their webpages, which can be accessed at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/committees/index.htm

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
19 December 2007
12th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Update on energy issues: The Committee will consider a paper from the clerk on the energy sector, updating members on the proposed UK Energy Bill, a response from the Scottish Government on PE837 and PE969 and a proposal to arrange briefings as part of the Committee’s forthcoming energy inquiry.

3. Budget process 2008-09: The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 16 January 2008, it is expected that the Committee will discuss its Tourism inquiry.

For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
19 December 2007
14th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Petition PE1046: The Committee will take evidence from—

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Michael Kellett, and Donald Henderson, Deputy Directors, Schools Directorate, Scottish Government.

2. Budget process 2008-09 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee.

Proposed future business

For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Health and Sport Committee
19 December 2007
14th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Inquiry into the balance of health care: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Frances Elliot, Medical Director, NHS Fife; Dr Charles Swainson, Medical Director, NHS Lothian; Dr Angus Cameron, Medical Director, NHS Dumfries and Galloway; and Sandra Laurenson, Chief Executive, NHS Shetland.

3. Budget process 2008-09: The committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 9 January 2008, it is expected that the Committee will consider subordinate legislation.

For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Local Government and Communities Committee
19 December 2007
14th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 4 and 5 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

the Registration Services (Fees, etc.) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/531).

3. Budget process 2008-09 (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2008-09.

4. Fuel poverty: The Committee will review its work on the Scottish Government’s Central Heating Programme, Warm Deal Scheme, etc. and consider further work in this area.

5. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 16 January 2008, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill and the Scottish Government’s "Firm Foundations" report. Both items are subject to confirmation.

For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
19 December 2007
10th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Rural housing seminar: The Convener will report on the seminar entitled "Key Themes in Rural Housing", held in Aviemore on 10 December.

2. Work Programme: The Committee will review its forward work programme.

3. Petition PE749: The Committee will consider a response by Scottish Water in relation to the petition by Geoffrey Kolbe, on behalf of Newcastleton and District Community Council, seeking a moratorium on the spreading of sewage sludge.

4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following document that is subject to negative procedure—

Environmental Protection Act 1990: Part IIA Contaminated Land: The Radioactive Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2007 – Draft Statutory Guidance (SE 2007/168),

and the following negative instruments—

the Water Environment (Drinking Water Protected Areas) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/529);

the Seeds (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/536); and

the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Export and Movement Restrictions) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/552).

5. Scottish Government’s Budget 2008-09 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 9 January 2008, the Committee will hear oral evidence from the Meteorological Office as part of its flooding and flood management inquiry and will consider its approach to its inquiry into rural housing.

The Committee will continue to take evidence on flooding and flood management at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Audit Committee
19 December 2007
9th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 6 and 7 in private.

2. Overview of Scotland’s health and NHS performance in 2006/07: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Overview of Scotland’s health and NHS performance in 2006/07". (AGS/2007/10)

3. Section 22 Report: The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture and the Accountable Officer of the sponsoring directorate on the Auditor General for Scotland’s Section 22 report entitled "The 2006/07 Audit of the Scottish Arts Council".

4. Estate management in higher education: The Committee will consider a further response from the Scottish Funding Council on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Estate management in higher education" (AGS/2007/6).

5. Choice of temporary convener: The Committee will choose a temporary convener for its meeting on 11 January 2008.

6. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the AGS report entitled "Overview of Scotland’s health and NHS performance in 2006/07". (AGS/2007/10)

7. Dealing with offending by young people: The Committee will consider its approach to a forthcoming evidence session on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Dealing with offending by young people". (AGS/2007/4)

Proposed future business

Subject to receiving the necessary parliamentary approvals, at its next meeting on 11 January 2008, it is expected that the Committee will meet in Stornoway to take evidence on its inquiry into the Section 22 report "The 2006/07 Audit of the Western Isles Health Board".

For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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