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Section A – Today’s Business

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
6th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider in private at its next meeting the evidence it has taken on age, carers and female offenders in the criminal justice system.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its draft annual report in private at its next meeting.

3. Female offenders in the criminal justice system: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Nancy Loucks, Independent Criminologist;

Dr Margaret Malloch, Senior Research Fellow, University of Stirling; and

Professor Gill McIvor, Professor of Criminology and Co-Director, Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Stirling.

and then from—

Dr Fergus McNeill, Scottish Consortium on Crime and Criminal Justice;

Netta Maciver, Chief Executive, Turning Point Scotland; and

Jan MacLeod, Senior Development Officer, Women’s Support Project.

and then from—

the Rt Hon Elish Angiolini QC, the Lord Advocate; and

Ian Gunn, Governor-in-Charge, HMP and YOI Cornton Vale.

4. Reporters: The Committee will hear from its reporters.

5. Disability inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a paper on the evidence it has taken on the recommendations made in the report Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities.

Justice Committee
10th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 6

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

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

the Police (Special Constables) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/117);

Act of Sederunt (Fees for Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2008 (SSI 2008/118); and

the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Prescribed Police Stations) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/128).

3. Mainstreaming Equal Opportunities: The Committee will consider a letter from the Convener of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee on whether committees should be obliged to report periodically on how they have built equalities considerations into their work.

4. Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider whether to accept written evidence received after the deadline for submission of written evidence.

5. Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
6th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 1.00 pm in Committee Room 6

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

Bruce Crawford MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business.

2. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider applications for recognition from three proposed Cross-Party Groups.

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

4. Audit Committee - title and remit (in private): The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

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

6. Complaint (in private): The Committee will undertake its initial consideration of a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

7. Review of Volume 2, Section 8 of the Code of Conduct (in private): The Committee will consider proposed revisions to section 8 of the Code of Conduct.

Finance Committee
10th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Inquiry into the methods of funding capital investment projects: The Committee will take evidence from—

Iain Duff, Chief Economist and Policy Manager, Scottish Council for Development and Industry; and

Martin Southern, Senior Consultant, BT Public Services Scotland;

and then from—

Russell Frith, Director of Audit Strategy, Audit Scotland; and

Angela Scott, Head of CIPFA in Scotland.

2. Creative Scotland Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Creative Scotland Bill from—

Greig Chalmers, Head of Creative Scotland and Broadcasting Unit, and Yvonne Georgeson, Project Manager, Creative Scotland Bill, Scottish Government.

3. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Creative Scotland Bill at a future meeting should be taken in private.

4. Inquiry into the methods of funding capital investment projects (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence sessions to date, in order to inform the drafting of its report.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
13th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Government to points raised on the following bill—

Creative Scotland Bill at Stage 1.

2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following bill—

Commonwealth Games Bill as amended at Stage 2

and take oral evidence from—

Nick Brown, Bill Team Leader

David Thompson, Bill Team

Beth Elliot, Scottish Government Legal Directorate.

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

the Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/127); and

the Forestry Challenge Funds (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/135).

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

the Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Access to Land by the Scottish Ministers) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft); and

the Transport and Works (Scotland) Act 2007 (Access to Land on Application) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft).

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

the Specified Products from China (Restriction on First Placing on the Market) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/148);

the Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Quota and Third Country Fishing Measures and Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/151);

the Plant Health Fees (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/153);

the Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/154);

the Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/155);

the Smoke Control Area (Exempt Fireplaces) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/157);

the National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/147);

the Sea Fishing (Control Procedures for Herring, Mackerel and Horse Mackerel) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/156); and

the Scotland Act 1998 (Agency Arrangement) (Specification) Order 2008 (SI 2008/1035).

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

the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (Commencement) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/150);

the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No.5) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/149); and

the Serious Crime Act 2007 (Commencement No.1) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/152).

7. Mainstreaming equal opportunities: The Committee will consider a letter from the Convener of the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee on whether committees should be obliged to report periodically on how they have built equalities considerations into their work.

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