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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
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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