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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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); and

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

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.

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 in Scotland. 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.

Audit Committee
27 February 2008
4th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 5 in private.

2. Section 22 Report on Western Isles Health Board: The Committee will take evidence on its inquiry into the Auditor General for Scotland’s Section 22 Report on the 2006/07 Audit of the Western Isles Health Board from —

Dick Manson, former Chief Executive and David Currie, former Chair, NHS Western Isles.

3. Scottish Future Trust: The Committee will consider a paper from the Auditor General for Scotland regarding the Scottish Government’s proposal to establish a Scottish Futures Trust.

4. Audit Scotland Work Programme: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland regarding Audit Scotland’s forthcoming review of drugs expenditure.

5. Overview of Scotland’s health and performance of the NHS: The Committee will consider its approach to a forthcoming evidence session with the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Overview of Scotland’s health and the performance of the NHS". (AGS/2007/10).

6. Section 22 Report on Western Isles Health Board (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 2 and decide the next steps in its inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 12 March, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland Report "Overview of Scotland’s health and the performance of the NHS" (AGS/2007/10) and consider the Accounts Commission’s "Overview of the local authority audits 2007".

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
27 February 2008
5th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Curriculum for Excellence: The Committee will take evidence from—

Alison Coull, Deputy Director, Curriculum Division, Schools Directorate, The Scottish Government; Chris McIlroy, Chief Inspector, HMIE; and Alan Armstrong, Director of Education Improvement, Learning and Teaching Scotland

and then from—

Christine Carlin, Deputy Director, Qualification and Skills Division, Schools Directorate, The Scottish Government; and Gill Stewart, Depute Director, National Qualifications, Scottish Qualifications Authority.

Proposed subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider a letter from Fiona Hyslop MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning), and Fergus Ewing MSP (Minister for Community Safety), on the Scottish Government’s proposals to create an Order which exempts colleges from the independence requirement of the charity test.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 March, it is expected that the Committee will take further evidence on the 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
27 February 2008
6th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (Scotland) Regualtions 2008 (SSI 2008/13); and

the National Assistance (Sums for Personal Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/14)

and may take evidence from Neil Rennick, Head of Older People’s Unit, Community Care Division, and John Stirling, Policy Officer, Community Care Policy on Older People Branch, Scottish Government.

2. Pathways into sport inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from Rhona Martin MBE.

3. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider approach papers on its inquiries into health inequalities and the balance of health care in the context of its overall work programme.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider the petitions PE789 and PE808 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
27 February 2008
6th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3, and all future items where it considers its draft report on its inquiry into planning application processes (Menie estate), in private.

2. Fuel poverty: The Committee will take evidence from—

Ian Brown, Chief Executive, Solas Scotland, Howard Marshall, Director, BEST Energy and Jim Ramsay, Operations Manager, McSense Heatwise Ltd.

3. Planning application processes (Menie estate): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider four items of subordinate legislation.

The Committee expects to consider the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill at Stage 2 at subsequent meetings. The Committee is also planning to carry out an inquiry into 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.

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