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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

European and External Relations Committee
5 February 2008
3rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Lisbon Treaty: The Committee will take evidence from—

Andrew Duff MEP, East of England.

2. EU budget review: The Committee will take evidence from—

John Bachtler, Professor of European Policy Studies, University of Strathclyde.

3. Scottish Government’s International Strategy: The Committee will take evidence from—

Robin Naysmith, Scottish Government Counsellor in North America; and Leslie Evans, Director, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Directorate, Scottish Government.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 February, the Committee will take oral evidence by video conference from Glenys Kinnock MEP on its inquiry into international development. The Committee will also take further evidence on its inquiry into the transposition of EU directives, and will consider a response from the Scottish Government on the Services Directive.

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

Justice Committee
5 February 2008
4th Meeting, 2008

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

the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 Compensation Offer (Maximum Amount) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/7); and

the Discontinuance of Legalised Police Cells (Scotland) Rules 2008 (SSI 2008/8).

3. Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to Stage 1 of the Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 February, 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.

Finance Committee
5 February 2008
5th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

2. Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Spring Budget Revision.

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

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
5 February 2008
3rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Climate Change: The Committee will take evidence on the consultation on the proposed Scottish Climate Change Bill from—

Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change.

Proposed future business

The Committee expects to take evidence in Oban on 4 March 2008 on its inquiry into ferry services in Scotland. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
5 February 2008
2nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Public Appointments Commissioner – Equalities Strategy consultation: The Committee will take evidence from—

Karen Carlton, Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland.

Not before 2.45 pm

2. Audit Committee - title and remit: The Committee will take evidence from—

Hugh Henry MSP, Convener of the Audit Committee, Tracey Reilly, Clerk to the Audit Committee, and Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland,

and then consider a paper in relation to the inquiry.

3. Review of Volume 2, Section 8 of the Code of Conduct: The Committee will consider written evidence received from stakeholders and interested parties.

4. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider item 5 on a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner and item 6 on its work programme in private. The Committee will also consider whether to take its draft report on the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland (OCPAS) Equalities Strategy consultation in private at its next meeting.

5. Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner: The Committee will consider a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 26 February, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from MSPs on the review of Section 8 of the Code of Conduct. It is also expected that the Committee will consider further the inquiry on a proposed change to the Audit Committee title and remit, and whether to consider a draft report in private at future meetings; and consider and agree its report on the consultation on the proposed Public Appointments Equalities Strategy.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
5 February 2008
5th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Scottish Government responses: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s responses in relation to the following—

the Bluetongue (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/11); and

the Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees and Amounts) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/16).

2. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—

the Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008; and

the Home Detention Curfew Licence (Amendment of Specified Days) (Scotland) Order 2008.

3. Instruments subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following—

the Police Grant (Variation) (Scotland) Order 2008.

4. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following—

the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No.4) Order 2008; and

the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Act 2008 (Commencement) Order 2008.

The order of the instruments under each agenda item will be determined by the Convener of the Committee on Friday 1 February.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland.

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

Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Scheme Committee
5 February 2008
1st Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 3.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 2 and 3 in private. The Committee will also decide whether to consider in private at future meetings the main themes arising from evidence sessions and the draft report on its consultation into the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme.

2. Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Consultation: The Committee will consider its approach to evidence taking.

3. Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Consultation: The Committee will consider the responses to its consultation, the main issues arising and publication of responses on the Committee’s webpage.

Proposed future business

At future meetings the Committee will take oral evidence on its consultation.

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

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