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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

Equal Opportunities Committee
26 February 2008
3rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Disability inquiry: The Committee will take evidence on the recommendations made in the report Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities, published by the Equal Opportunities Committee in session 2 of the Parliament, from—

Fiona Hyslop MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning), Victoria Beattie, Senior Policy Executive, Residency & Supplementary Student Support Team, Liz Caterson, Learning Disabilities Co-ordinator and; Joseph Dowd, Development Manager, Workforce Plus Team, Scottish Government.

2. Proposed evidence session on carers (in private): The Committee will consider an approach paper.

3. Proposed evidence session on female offenders in the criminal justice system (in private): The Committee will consider an approach paper.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 March, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence in round-table discussion on age and take oral evidence from John Swinney MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth), on the Disability inquiry.

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
26 February 2008
3rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Review of Volume 2, Section 8 of the Code of Conduct: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Jim Dyer, Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner;

Graham Blount, Parliamentary Officer, Scottish Churches Parliamentary Office;

and then from—

Robin Harper MSP, Margo MacDonald MSP, Lewis Macdonald MSP, Alasdair Morgan MSP, Alex Neil MSP and Jeremy Purvis MSP.

2. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider an application for recognition from the proposed Cross-Party Group on Science and Technology.

3. Review of equalities in the work of Committees: The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

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 in private.

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

6. Review of Volume 2, Section 8 of the Code of Conduct (in private): The Committee will consider key themes arising out of evidence heard in relation to its review of section 8 of the Code of Conduct.

7. Public Appointments Commissioner - Equalities Strategy consultation (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 March, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from Business Managers, the Scottish Green Party, Margo MacDonald MSP and David McGill, Head of the Chamber Office on its inquiry into points of order. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
26 February 2008
7th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following bill––

Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill.

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

the Companies Act 2006 (Scottish public sector companies to be audited by the Auditor General for Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft);

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

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); and

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

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

the Official Statistics (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft);

the Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/draft);

the Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/draft); and

the Protected Trust Deeds (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/draft).

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

the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/38);

the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2008 (SSI 2008/40);

the Road Works (Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/43);

the Water and Sewerage Services Undertaking (Lending by the Scottish Ministers) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/44);

the Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/46);

the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/47);

the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/48);

the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 (Adults with Incapacity) (Consequential Provisions) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/50);

the Adults with Incapacity (Accounts and Funds) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/51);

the Adults with Incapacity (Public Guardian’s Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/52);

the Adults with Incapacity (Recall of Guardians’ Powers) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/53);

the Water Environment (Diffuse Pollution) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/54);

the Adults with Incapacity (Reports in Relation to Guardianship and Intervention Orders) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/55); and

the Adults with Incapacity (Certificates in Relation to Powers of Attorney) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/56).

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

the Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment) (Fees of Solicitors) 2008 (SSI 2008/39);

the Act of Sederunt (Summary Applications, Statutory Applications and Appeals etc. Rules) Amendment (Registration Appeals) 2008 (SSI 2008/41);

the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No.3 and Savings) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/42);

the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No.2 and Saving) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/45); and

the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No. 2 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/49).

6. Correspondence: The Committee will consider its response to the Scottish Government on the Bluetongue (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/11).

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

The order of the instruments under each agenda item will be determined by the Convener of the Committee on Friday 22 February.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 March, it is expected that the Committee will continue to consider a draft report on its inquiry into the regulatory framework. The Committee will also consider Scottish Statutory Instruments and other documents subject to parliamentary procedure.

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

Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Scheme Committee
26 February 2008
2nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 3.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Chad Dawtry, Director of Policy, Strategy and Development, Christine Marr, Policy Manager, and David Lauder, Policy Manager, Scottish Public Pensions Agency;

and then from—

Sir John Butterfill MP, Chairman of the Trustees, Westminster Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund and Alun Cairns AM, Chairman of the Trustees, National Assembly for Wales Pension Scheme.

2. Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence taken under item 1.

Proposed future business

The Committee will continue to take oral evidence on its inquiry 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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