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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
4 March 2008
5th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Scottish Government’s International Strategy: The Committee will take evidence from—

Lucy Watkins, Scottish Government’s First Secretary, Scottish Affairs in Beijing; and Deborah Smith, Deputy Director, Europe, External Affairs and Culture Directorate, Scottish Government.

2. Lisbon Treaty: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Government.

3. EU Budget Review: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Government.

4. Inquiry into international development: Alasdair Morgan MSP will report back from his visit to Malawi as part of the CPA delegation in February 2008.

5. Inquiry into international development: The Committee will take evidence from—

Karen Gillon MSP, Member, Executive Committee, Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Scotland Branch and Co-Convener, Cross Party Group on Malawi, and

Patricia Ferguson MSP, Convener, and Des McNulty MSP, Treasurer, Cross Party Group on International Development

and then from—

Colin Cameron, Honorary Consul for Malawi,

Ken Ross, Member and former Chair of the Board, Scotland Malawi Partnership, and

Magnus Macfarlane-Barrow, Chief Executive, Scottish International Relief

Mhairi Owens, Head, Concern Worldwide Scotland.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 March, the Committee will take oral evidence from the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture on its inquiry into the transposition of EU directives and on the Scottish Government’s European priorities. The Committee will also take further evidence on its inquiry into international development.

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

Justice Committee
4 March 2008
6th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 11.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 6 in private.

2. Pensions Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandum lodged by Kenny MacAskill MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Justice) (LCM(S3) 8.1).

3. Subordinate legislation: Kenny MacAskill MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Justice) to move S3M-1287—

That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Home Detention Curfew Licence (Amendment of Specified Days) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

4. Subordinate legislation: Bill Aitken MSP to move S3M-1459—

That the Justice Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Home Detention Curfew Licence (Prescribed Standard Conditions) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/36).

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

the Police Grant (Variation) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/20);

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

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

6. Community policing inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to its inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 March it is expected that the Committee will begin taking evidence on the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill. The Committee expects to continue 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.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
4 March 2008
4th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 1.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Inquiry into points of order: The Committee will take evidence from—

Brian Adam MSP, Scottish National Party Chief Whip;

Jackie Baillie MSP, Scottish Labour Party Business Manager;

David McLetchie MSP, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party Business Manager;

Robert Brown MSP, Scottish Liberal Democrat Party Business Manager;

Robin Harper MSP, Scottish Green Party;

Margo MacDonald MSP; and

David McGill, Head of Chamber Office, Scottish Parliament.

2. Budget process review: The Convener will report back to the Committee on a meeting with the Convener and Deputy Convener of the Finance Committee.

3. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider item 4 in private.

4. Inquiry into points of order: The Committee will consider key themes arising out of evidence heard in relation to its inquiry into points of order.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider Cross-Party Group applications, take oral evidence from Business Managers on its review of section 8 of the Code of Conduct, and consider the key themes arising from that evidence.

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
4 March 2008
5th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Corran Halls, Oban

1. Inquiry into Ferry Services in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence on its inquiry into ferry services in Scotland from—

Dr Amanda Currie, Secretary, Lismore Community Council, Councillor Len Scoullar, Scottish Islands Federation, Sandy Brunton, President, Mull and Iona Chamber of Commerce and Finlay MacDonald, Chairman, Highlands and Islands Enterprise Innse Gall;

and then from –

Blair Fletcher, Transportation and Infrastructure Manager, Argyll and Bute Council, Councillor Roy Pederson, Highland Council and Councillor Donald Manford, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar;

and then from –

Councillor Alistair Watson, Chairman and Rodney Mortimer, Director of Policy and Strategy, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport and Duncan MacIntyre, Chair and Ranald Robertson, Partnership Manager, HITRANS.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 March, it is expected that the Committee will continue to 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.

Public Petitions Committee
4 March 2008
4th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

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

2. Consideration of new petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions—

PE1126 Access to independent advocates

Lesley Learmonth will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of her petition accompanied by Joan Mulroy and Nicola Smith.

PE1123 Diabetes self management plan

Stephen Fyfe will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition accompanied by Tony Doherty.

PE1124 Ban on snares

Louise Robertson will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of her petition accompanied by Libby Anderson.

PE1117 Lion of Scotland Statue

PE1118 Animal slaughter without pre-stunning

PE1119 Impact of fuel price increases on road haulage industry

PE1120 Funding of family mediation services

PE1121 Environmental levy for plastic bags

PE1127 Posthumous pardon of Helen Duncan

PE1128 Posthumous pardons under Witchcraft legislation

PE1129 Funeral costs and debt issues

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

4. Forthcoming work programme: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on: free nursery education from 3rd birthday; Mordechai Vanunu; guidance on literature available in school libraries; school closures where pupil roll exceeds 80% of capacity; Kashmir movement; policies on objection to planning permissions; Internet.sco and Age Concern. The Committee is also expected to further consider current petitions on Same As You; equal access rights for parents; awareness, diagnosis and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea; muscular dystrophy; community leisure facilities; home loss payment; annual monitoring of advice agencies; public sector contracts; mandatory fitting of seatbelts on school buses; planning applications; Post Offices in the Borders; violence against women; environmental impact of wind farms and heritage plaques.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
4 March 2008
8th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Scottish Government responses: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s responses in relation to 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);

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

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

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

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

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

the Crofting Counties Agricultural Grants (Scotland) Amendment Scheme 2008 (SSI 2008/58);

the Charities References in Documents (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/59);

the National Health Service (Clinical Negligence and Other Risks Indemnity Scheme) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/60); and

the Agricultural Processing, Marketing and Co-operation Grants (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/64).

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

the Vulnerable Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement No.7, Savings and Transitional Provisions) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/57);

the Act of Adjournal (Criminal Procedure Rules Amendment) (Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007) 2008 (SSI 2008/61); and

the Act of Adjournal (Criminal Procedure Rules Amendment No.2) (Miscellaneous) 2008 (SSI 2008/62).

4. Instruments not subject to parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Radioactivity in Sheep) Partial Revocation (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/63).

5. 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 29 February.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 March it is expected that the Committee will resume consideration of the delegated powers in the Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill. 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.

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