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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
5 March 2008
6th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

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

David Cameron, Vice President, Association of Directors of Education in Scotland; Jane Liddell, Head of Education Quality and Development, North Lanarkshire Council; and Linda Kinney, Head of Learning and Development, Children’s Services, Stirling Council;

and then from—

Larry Flanagan, Education Committee Convener, The Educational Institute of Scotland; Brian Cooklin, President, Headteachers’ Association of Scotland; and Gordon Smith, Past President, Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland.

2. Panjabi language examination: The Committee will consider a letter from Dr Manjit Singh Devgun, President of the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Glasgow, on the provision of a Panjabi language examination at S1-S6 level in Scottish schools.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 March, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on creative industries.

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

Local Government and Communities Committee
5 March 2008
8th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Housing and Regeneration Bill (UK Parliament Legislation): The Committee will take evidence on legislative consent memorandum LCM(S3) 10.1 from—

Stewart Maxwell MSP, Minister for Communities and Sport and Rachel England, Policy Analyst, Social Housing Division, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) from—

Stewart Maxwell MSP, Minister for Communities and Sport and Rachel England, Policy Analyst, Social Housing Division, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: Stewart Maxwell MSP, Minister for Communities and Sport, to move motion S3M-01364—

Draft Housing Support Grant Order 2008— That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

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

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

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

the Housing Revenue Account General Fund Contibution Limits (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/34).

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 12 March, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on Scottish Planning Policy SPP3 Housing (Revision). 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 this bulletin.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
5 March 2008
5th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Flooding and flood management inquiry - 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.

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

Chris Spray, Director of Environmental Science, and David Faichney, Flood Unit Manager, Scottish Environment Protection Agency

and then from—

Assistant Chief Constable Ewan Stewart and Superintendent James Urquhart (Grampian Police), Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, and David Wynne (Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service), Chief Fire Officers Association of Scotland.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following document that is subject to negative procedure—

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

and the following negative instrument—

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

4. Petitions: The Committee will review progress with the following public petitions—

PE799 from Tom Vella-Boyle supporting proposals by the Community of Arran Seabed Trust for a no-take zone and a marine protected area in Lamlash Bay; and

PE956 from Mary Douglas and PE982 from B Linden Jarvis on ship-to-ship oil transfers in the Firth of Forth.

5. 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 19 March, the Committee will take oral evidence from representatives from the insurance industry and from the Minister for Environment.

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

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
5 March 2008
4th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.45 am in Committee Room 6

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

Sandy Orr, Executive Chairman, City Inn Ltd;

Dr Maurice Taylor, Chief Executive, Chardon Leisure;

Jerome Mayhew, Director of Business Development and Risk Management, Go Ape!;

Kenneth Clark, Head of Tourism, Scottish Development International;

Stewart Selbie, Area Manager, The Westin Turnberry Resort;

David T G Reid, Partner, Knight Frank LLP.

Not before 12.15 pm.

2. Subordinate legislation: Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism to move S3M-01275—

That the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee recommends that the draft Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism to move S3M-01375—

That the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee recommends that the draft Official Statistics (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 10 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.

Health and Sport Committee
5 March 2008
7th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.45 am in Committee Room 5

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

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

and will take evidence from Deirdre Watt, team Leader and Anne MacLeod, Policy Officer, Community Pharmacy and Primary Care Infrastructure Branch, Catriona Hayes, Statistician, Health Analytical Services Division and David Smith, Solicitor, Health and Community Care Division, Scottish Government.

2. Petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions:

PE789 by Eric Brown calling for the Scottish Parliament to take a view regarding the need for regulation to ensure that methadone prescriptions are taken by the patient while supervised by a suitable qualified medical practitioner.

PE808 Lillian Lawson, on behalf of the Scottish Council on Deafness, calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to develop and establish a specialist inpatient mental health unit for deaf and deafblind people and to provide resources (e.g. training) for mainstream pshychiatric services in the community to make them more accessible to deaf and deafblind people in Scotland.

3. Public Health etc (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 12 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on the Public Health etc (Scotland) Bill.

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

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