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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

Local Government and Communities Committee
23 January 2008
2nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 8.30 am in Committee Room 1

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

2. Planning application processes (Menie Estate): The Committee will take evidence from—

Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister and David Ferguson, Head of Planning Decisions, Scottish Government;

and then from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth and David Ferguson, Head of Planning Decisions, Scottish Government.

3. Housing consultation paper: The Committee will take evidence on the "Firm Foundations" housing consultation paper from—

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Mike Foulis, Director for Housing and Regeneration, David Rogers, Deputy Director – Housing Markets and Supply and Andrew Scott, Deputy Director, Social Housing; Scottish Government.

4. Planning application processes (Menie Estate): The Committee will consider the evidence taken.

5. Elections 2007: The Committee will consider its approach to further work on the 2007 Scottish elections.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 30 January, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill, secondary legislation arising from the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 and its work on child poverty. 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
23 January 2008
2nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Graduate Endowment Aboliton (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

2. Education and Skills Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the Legislative Consent Memorandum lodged by Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning (LCM(S3) 6.1), and take evidence from—

Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Schools and Skills, Rachel Sunderland, Team Leader, Schools Directorate, Qualifications Assessment and Skills, and David McPhee, Statistician, Enterprise, Education and Lifelong Learning Analytical Services, Scottish Government.

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

the Individual Learning Account (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/1).

Proposed future business

The Committee will next meet on 20 February. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Health and Sport Committee
23 January 2008
3rd Meeting, 2008

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. Future of sportscotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive, sportscotland, and Mike Whittingham, Executive Director, Scottish Institute of Sport;

Not before 10.45 am

and then from—

Stewart Maxwell, Minister for Communities and Sport.

3. Correspondence from the Public Petitions Committee: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Public Petitions Committee on the handling of Petition PE1108 on the availability of cancer treatment drugs.

4. Future of sportscotland: The Committee will consider the evidence taken today.

5. Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider selection of witnesses for oral evidence in the light of written evidence received.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 30 January, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Public Health etc (Scotland) Bill. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
23 January 2008
2nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the following affirmative instruments—

the draft Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2007; and

the draft Quality Meat Scotland Order 2008

from—

Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Aileen Bearhop, Principal Policy Officer, Agricultural Commodities, Agriculture Division, and Sandy McNeil, Solicitor, Rural Affairs Division, Scottish Government,

and decide whether to consider a draft report on the instruments in private at a future meeting.

2. Subordinate legislation: Richard Lochhead (Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment) to move—

S3M-1166— That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the draft Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2007 be approved; and

S3M-1167— That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the draft Quality Meat Scotland Order 2008 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instruments—

the Sheep and Goats (Identification and Traceability) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/559); and

the Zoonoses and Animal By-Products (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/577).

4. European Union scrutiny: The Committee will consider a paper updating it on EU issues relevant to its remit.

Not before 10.30 am

5. Flooding and flood management inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor David Crichton, Benfield UCL Hazard Research Centre;

and then from—

Ronnie Mercer, Chairman, Jim Conlin, Environmental Regulation Manager, and Mark Dickson, General Manager – Customer Services, Scottish Water.

6. Flooding and flood management inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence heard earlier in the meeting with a view to identifying preliminary conclusions.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 6 February, the Committee will continue to take oral evidence on flooding and flood management. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Audit Committee
23 January 2008
2nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 3 and 4 in private.

2. Dealing with offending by young people: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Dealing with offending by young people" (AGS/2007/4) from—

Fergus Ewing, Minister for Community Safety, Philip Rycroft, Director General Education, Donna Bell, Head of the Youth Justice Team and Olivia McLeod, Deputy Director of the Care and Justice Division, Scottish Government.

3. Consideration of evidence: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 2.

4. Police call management: The Committee will consider its approach to a forthcoming evidence session with the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Police call management: an initial review" (AGS/2007/8).

5. Section 22 Report on Western Isles Health Board (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received at its meeting on 11 January 2008 on its inquiry into the Auditor General for Scotland’s Section 22 Report on the 2006/7 Audit of the Western Isles Health Board.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 6 February, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor’s General for Scotland’s report on "Police call management: an initial review" (AGS/2007/8). For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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