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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
19 February 2008
4th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Inquiry into the transposition of EU directives: The Committee will take evidence from—

Calum MacDonald, Director of Environmental and Organisational Strategy and Rob Morris, Better Regulation Manager, SEPA; and

Bill Adamson, Branch Head, Strategic Policy & Consumer Engagement, Food Standards Agency, Scotland.

2. European Commission’s Legislative and Work Programme: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk.

3. Inquiry into international development: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk.

4. Services Directive: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Government.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 March, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Scottish Government’s international strategy and as part of the Committee’s inquiry into international development.

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 February 2008
4th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Conference Room, Moray College, Elgin

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

Alvin Barber, Senior Professional Officer (Flood Prevention), City of Edinburgh Council, Sandy Gillon, Environmental Sustainability Manager, Glasgow City Council, Bob Stewart, Director of Environmental Services, Moray Council, Councillor Eddie Phillips and Kathy Cameron, Policy Manager, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities.

and then from—

Alex Macmillan (Chairman) and Brian Watson, Elgin Community Council and Jennifer Main, resident of Elgin

and then from—

Graeme Archibald, Financial Director, Johnstons of Elgin, Andrew Grzesinski, Group Managing Director, Macrae and Dick Ltd and Michael Urquhart, Joint Managing Director, Gordon and MacPhail.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will considerthe following negative instruments—

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

the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/17).

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.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 March, the Committee will continue to hear oral evidence on its flooding and flood management inquiry and will consider progress on petitions that have been referred to it. The Committee will continue to take evidence on its flooding and flood management inquiry at its meeting on 19 March. The Committee will then next meet on 16 April.

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

Justice Committee
19 February 2008
5th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Subordinate legislation: Kenny MacAskill MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Justice) to move S3M-1186—

That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995 Fixed Penalty Order 2008 be approved.

2. Subordinate legislation: Kenny MacAskill MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Justice) to move S3M-1185—

That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (Supplemental Provisions) Order 2008 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: Kenny MacAskill MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Justice) to move S3M-1230—

That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Bankruptcy (Scotland) Act (Low Income, Low Asset Debtors etc.) Regulations 2008 be approved.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandum on the Pensions Bill (UK legislation).

The Committee expects to take evidence on the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

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

Finance Committee
19 February 2008
6th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2007 Amendment Order 2008 from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, John Williams, Head of Finance Co-ordination and Martin Bolt, Finance Co-ordination, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: John Swinney MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth) to move S3M-1272—

That the Finance Committee recommends that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2007 Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

Proposed future business

The Committee will next meet on 4 March.

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

Public Petitions Committee
19 February 2008
3rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Consideration of current petitions: The Committee will give further consideration to the following current petitions—

PE812 High voltage transmission lines

PE1048 NPPG19 and pre-school children

PE1087 Electricity transmission lines

PE886 Alzheimers Disease

PE1004 Environmental impact of animal gasification plants

PE1006 Alimta

PE1089 Cancer causing toxins

PE1108 Provision of cancer treatment drugs across NHS boards

PE1105 St Margaret of Scotland Hospice

PE911 Market led urban regeneration

PE913 Play strategy

PE920, PE922 and PE1018 NHS dental services

PE923 Spiritual care

PE932 Supporting People Funding

PE1020 Deceleration lane on the A90

PE1067 Upgrading A76

PE1040 Bingo industry

PE1045 Hairdressing trainees

PE1047 Coastal and marine environment protection

PE1081 Marine air space

PE1049 Maintenance of un-adopted open spaces

PE1050 Protection of common good sites

PE1013 Scheduled and listed buildings

PE1078 Protection of historic sites

PE1094 Objections to quarrying activity

PE1095 Protection from windfarm developments

PE1065 Emerging technologies and engagement of young people

PE1068 Racing pigeons

PE1070 Village halls

PE1071 Specialist visiting teachers

PE1072 Jon Wheatley College

PE1075 Registered Social Landlords

PE1076 SPSO appeal

PE1079 Education maintenance allowance

PE1080 Re-introduction of suburban railway

PE1083 Local museums

PE1084 Merging neurology units

PE1085 Kinship carers

PE1086 and PE1091 NHS car parking charges

PE1088 Pay and conditions of FE lecturers

PE1090 National proof of age card

PE1092 Seven day care provision

PE1093 Nursery school closures

2. Notification of new petitions: The Committee will consider a paper indicating new petitions lodged since the last Committee meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 March, the Committee is expected to consider new petitions on the impact of fuel price increases on road haulage industry; diabetes self management plan; Helen Duncan; the Witchcraft Act; animal slaughter without pre-stunning; funding of family mediation services and policy on repeat of years practice.

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
19 February 2008
4th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 4 in private.

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

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

3. Inquiry into Ferry Services in Scotland - witness expenses: The Committee will be invited to delegate to the Convener responsibility for arranging for the SPCB to pay, under Rule 12.4.3, any expenses of witnesses in the inquiry.

4. Inquiry into Ferry Services in Scotland: The Committee will consider its approach to its inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its external meeting on 4 March in Oban, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence 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.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
19 February 2008
6th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 7, and all future items where it considers its draft report on its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland, in private.

2. Legislative consent memorandum: The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Pensions Bill.

3. 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 Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No.4) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/21).

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

the Companies Act 2006 (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft); and

the Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft).

5. Draft Guidance subject to annulment: The Committee will consider the following—

the Environment Act 1995: The UK Strategy for Radioactive Discharges: Draft Statutory Guidance (SG/2008/13).

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

the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/27);

the Sea Fish (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/29);

the Discontinuance of Legalised Police Cells (Scotland) Revocation Rules 2008 (SSI 2008/35);

the Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/36);

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (Alteration of Housing Finance Arrangements) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/28);

the Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of Lothian and Borders) etc. Order 2008 (SSI 2008/31);

the Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/32); and

the Housing Revenue Account General Fund Contribution Limits (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/34);

7. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland: The Committee will consider its draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 26 February, it is expected that the Committee will continue to consider a draft report on its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland as well as Scottish Statutory Instruments and other documents subject to parliamentary procedure. The Committee will also consider the delegated powers of the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill.

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

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
20 February 2008
3rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

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

2. Tourism inquiry - Growing pains: can we achieve a 50% growth in tourist revenue by 2015?: The Committee will take evidence on skills, training, education and wider issues as part of its tourism inquiry, from—

Rowena Groves, Managing Director, Loch Lomond Trading Company Ltd;

Shirley Spear, Chef Patron, The Three Chimneys and the House Over-by, Colbost;

Bob Downie, Chief Executive, The Royal Yacht Britannia;

Professor Andrew Martin, Director of Scottish Centre of Tourism, The Robert Gordon University;

Dave Moxham, Deputy General Secretary, STUC;

Linda McKnight, Executive Director of Sport, Tourism and Community Learning, Adam Smith College;

David Allen, Head of Scotland-UK Skills Team, People 1st;

and then on quality improvements and tackling mediocrity and wider issues as part of its tourism inquiry from—

Jim Cowie, Owner, Chef, The Captain’s Galley, Scrabster;

Tony Mercer, Head of Quality Assurance, VisitScotland;

David Smythe, Chairman, Association of Scotland’s Self-Caterers;

James Thomson, Proprietor, Prestonfield and the Witchery;

Ross Anderson, Proprietor, East Lochhead Country House and Cottages;

Joan Campbell, Silver Thistle Award Winner 2007.

3. The establishment of an Energy Technologies Institute and the opportunities for Scotland: The Committee will consider additional evidence.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 March, it is expected that the Committee will take further oral evidence on 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
20 February 2008
4th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Arts and Culture: The Committee will take evidence from—

Cindy Sughrue, Executive Producer, Scottish Ballet, Vicky Featherstone, Artistic Director, National Theatre of Scotland, Simon Woods, Chief Executive, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Alex Reedijk, General Director, Scottish Opera and Roy McEwan, Managing Director, Scottish Chamber Orchestra;

and then from—

Amanda Barry, Marketing and Public Relations Manager, Edinburgh International Book Festival, Seona Reid, Director, Glasgow School of Art, Robert Livingston, Director, HI~Arts and Fiona Rogan, Committee Member, Voluntary Arts Scotland.

2. Petition: The Committee will consider its approach to the following newly referred petition—

PE1022 by Dr Murray Hill calling on the Scottish Parliament to debate the urgent need to make a step-change in strategy and vigorously promote foreign language learning and intercultural awareness in Scotland’s schools, colleges and universities.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 27 February, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on Curriculum for Excellence.

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

Health and Sport Committee
20 February 2008
5th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

the Condensed Milk and Dried Milk (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/12).

2. Subordinate Legislation: Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health, to move S3M-1235—

Nicola Sturgeon: The Draft Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008—That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the draft Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 be approved.

3. Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health; Molly Robertson, Bill Team Leader, Stella Smith, Legal Directorate, Dr Sara Davies, Medical Adviser and Duncan McNab, Air, Noise and Nuisance Team, Scottish Government.

4. Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence taken under item 3.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 27 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider subordinate legislation; its approach to the following inquiries - Pathways into Sport, Health Inequalities and Balance of Healthcare and its work programme.

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

Local Government and Communities Committee

20 February 2008

5th 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 5 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Valuation and Rating (Exempted Classes) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Development, Robin Benn, Team Leader, Non-Domestic Rates Team, Laura Sexton, Senior Policy Adviser, Non-Domestic Rates Team and Linda Hamilton, Principal Legal Officer, Legal Division, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Development, to move motion S3M-01187—

That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Valuation and Rating (Exempted Classes) (Scotland) Order be approved.

4. Implementation of digital TV switchover: The Committee will consider an approach paper.

5. Planning application processes (Menie Estate): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 27 February, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from contractors in connection with its inquiries on fuel poverty and consider a second draft report on planning application processes (Menie Estate).

The Committee expects to take evidence on the implementation of digital TV at subsequent meetings.

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

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