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Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for Committee Clerks are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Equal Opportunities Committee
4th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 2

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

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider a paper by the gender reporter in private at its next meeting.

3. Age: The Committee will take evidence on age, in a round-table discussion, from—

Jonathan Sher, Director of Research, Policy and Practice Development, Children in Scotland;

Sara O’Loan, Research Manager, LGBT Youth Scotland;

John Thompson, Older LGBT Forum;

Margaret Murdoch, Executive Committee Member, Scottish Pensioners’ Forum; and

John Loughton, Chair, Scottish Youth Parliament.

4. 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—

John Swinney MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth), Bill Brash, Senior Policy Officer and Fiona Locke, Head of Strategy and Policy,Transport Strategy Division, Scottish Government; and Alastair Young, Rail Standards and Safety Manager, Transport Scotland.

5. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

European and External Relations Committee
6th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Inquiry into the transposition of EU directives: Alex Neil MSP, Irene Oldfather MSP and Iain Smith MSP will report back from their respective inquiry visits.

2. Inquiry into the transposition of EU directives: The Committee will take evidence from—

Linda Fabiani MSP (Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture).

3. Scottish Government’s European priorities: The Committee will take evidence from—

Linda Fabiani MSP (Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture).

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

Dr Neil Thin, University of Edinburgh;

Mozammel Huq, Convener and Professor John Struthers, Scotland Study Group, Development Studies Association;

Professor John Briggs, Vice-Chair, Centre for International Development, University of Glasgow;

Dr Maurizio Carbone, University of Glasgow.

Justice Committee
7th 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 items 4 and 5 in private.

2. Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

The Right Hon Lord Hamilton, Lord President and Lord Justice General, The Hon Lord Hodge and Michael Anderson, Legal Secretary to the Lord President;

and then from—

The Right Hon Lord Osborne, The Hon Lord Reed and Sheriff Dickson and Sheriff Fletcher, Sheriffs’ Association;

and then from—

Alan McCreadie, Deputy Director of Law Reform and George Way, Council of the Society, Law Society of Scotland and Richard Keen, Dean of the Faculty, Bruce McKain, Director of Public Affairs and Carole Ferguson-Walker, Faculty Solicitor, Faculty of Advocates;

and then from—

Sir Neil MacIntosh, Chairman and Michael Scanlan, Member, Judicial Appointments Board.

3. Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill: 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 Committee’s consideration of the Bill.

4. Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider whether to accept written evidence received in response to the Committee’s call for evidence.

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

Finance Committee
7th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 4 and 5 in private, and decide whether to consider its approach to a review of the parliamentary budget process in private at its next meeting.

2. Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider written evidence received on the Financial Memorandum.

3. Local Authority Single Status Agreement: The Committee will consider correspondence received from UNISON on the Local Authority Single Status Agreement.

4. Inquiry into the methods of funding capital investment projects: The Committee will consider an evidence programme and potential witnesses for the inquiry.

5. Public sector pay: The Committee will consider its approach to consideration of public sector pay.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
9th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Scottish Government responses: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s responses in relation to 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 Act of Adjournal (Criminal Procedure Rules Amendment) (Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007) 2008 (SSI 2008/61); and

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

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

the Leader Grants (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/66);

the Intensive Support and Monitoring (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/75);

the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/82);

the Rice Products from the United States of America (Restriction on First Placing on the Market) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/87);

the Road Works (Scottish Road Works Register, Notices, Directions and Designations) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/88);

the National Health Service (Superannuation Scheme, Injury Benefits, Additional Voluntary Contributions and Compensation for Premature Retirement) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/92);

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/65);

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment No. 2) 2008 (SSI 2008/72);

the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Avian Influenza) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/74);

the Bankruptcy Fees (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/79);

the Non-Domestic Rating (Unoccupied Property) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/83);

the Non-Domestic Rating (Telecommunications and Canals) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/84);

the Non-Domestic Rates (Levying) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/85);

the Road Works (Settlement of Disputes and Appeals against Directions) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/89); and

the Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of Grampian, Highland and Islands) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/93).

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

the Pollution Prevention and Control (Designation of Batteries Directive) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/86).

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

the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No.4) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/90).

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

Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Scheme Committee
3rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 3.00 pm in Committee Room 6

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

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

Grant Ballantine, Senior Consulting Actuary, Government Actuary’s Department.

3. Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from evidence taken under item 2.

4. Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Inquiry: The Committee will consider the commutation of pension.

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