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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

Audit Committee
6 February 2008
3rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 6, 7 and 8 in private.

2. Police call management: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Police call management, an initial review". (AGS/2007/8) from—

Robert Gordon CB, Director-General Justice and Communities, Linda Rosborough, Deputy Director of Transformational Technologies, Stephen Woodhouse, Head of Police Funding, Performance and Efficiency, Scottish Government.

3. Review of free personal and nursing care: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "A review of free personal and nursing care". (AGS/2008/1).

4. Section 22 Report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s Section 22 report entitled "2006/2007 Audit of the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland Administration".

5. Overseas staff in the NHS, pre-employment checks: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Overseas staff in the NHS, pre-employment checks". (AGS/2007/9).

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

7. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A review of free personal and nursing care". (AGS/2008/1).

8. Consideration of evidence: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at the Audit Committee meeting on 23 January 2008 on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Dealing with offending by young people". (AGS/2007/4).

9. Section 22 Report on Western Isles Health Board (in private): The Committee will consider correspondence received from the Chief Executive of NHS Western Isles and the Accountable Officer and consider the next steps in the Inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting it is expected that the Committee will take further briefings from the Auditor General for Scotland. 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
6 February 2008
3rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the Individual Learning Account (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/1) and take evidence from—

Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Schools and Skills, and Hazel Rutherford, Course Costs Support Team Leader, Higher Education and Learner Support Division, Lifelong Learning Directorate, Scottish Government.

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

the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/6).

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.

Local Government and Communities Committee
6 February 2008
4th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

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

George A. Sorial, Managing Director for International Development and Assistant General Counsel, Trump Organisation and Neil Hobday, Project Director, Scotland, Trump International Golf Links.

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

4. Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on Planning Application Processes (Menie Estate) and the Valuation and Rating (Exempted Classes)(Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft). The Committee is planning to carry out work on child poverty later in the year. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
6 February 2008
3rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Flooding and flood management inquiry: The Committee will take evidence, in a round-table discussion, from—

Veronica Burbridge, Director, Royal Town Planning Institute; Bill Dodds, Assistant Chief Executive, Scottish Building Standards Agency; Mike Donaghy, Freshwater Policy Officer, WWF Scotland; Ronnie Falconer, Past President, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management; Andrea Johnstonova, Freshwater Policy Officer, RSPB Scotland; Wendy Kenyon, Senior Research Fellow, Macaulay Institute; David Martin, Scottish Hydrological Group; Blair Melville, Planning Manager, Homes for Scotland; Tom Nisbet, Head of Water, Soil and Heritage Research Group, Forestry Commission Scotland; Karen Smyth, Rural Development Manager, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association; John Thomson, Director of Strategy & Communications, Scottish Natural Heritage; and Hamish Trench, Head of Natural Heritage and Land Management Group, Cairngorms National Park Authority.

2. Pig Industry: The Committee will consider briefings from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre and from the National Farmers Union Scotland, and decide what action to take.

3. 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.

4. Subordinate legislation (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the draft Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2007, the draft Quality Meat Scotland Order 2008 and the Sheep and Goats (Identification and Traceability) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/559).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on Tuesday 19 February at Moray College, Elgin the Committee will continue to take oral evidence on its flooding and flood management inquiry. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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