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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

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
7 May 2008
9th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

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

Philip Riddle, Chief Executive, and Peter Lederer, Chairman, VisitScotland;

and then from a panel on planning and development and wider issues as part of its tourism inquiry from—

John McNairney, Assistant Chief Planner, Directorate for the Built Environment, Scottish Government; Steve Inch, Executive Director of Development and Regeneration, Glasgow City Council; Andrew Holmes, former Director of City Development, Edinburgh City Council; Gordon Watson, Director of Planning, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Authority; Mick Stewart, Chair, Scottish Society of Directors of Planning and planning advisor to CoSLA; and Dr Margaret Bochel, Head of Planning and Infrastructure, Aberdeen City Council.

2. Modernisation of the emergency oil stock regime: The Committee will consider its response to the consultation issued by the European Commission.

3. Scottish Register of Tartans Bill - 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 respect of the Committee’s Stage 1 scrutiny of the Scottish Register of Tartans Bill.

4. Inquiry into Scotland’s energy future: The Committee will consider a revised remit and terms of reference for its inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 14 May, the Committee will take oral evidence on the Scottish Register of Tartans Bill.

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
7 May 2008
11th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Creative Scotland Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Barbara Absolon, International Events Director - Culture, Event Scotland; Lorne Boswell, Scottish Secretary, Equity; and Dr Donald Smith, Director, Scottish Storytelling Centre;

and then from—

David Caldwell, Director, Universities Scotland; and Professor Jan McDonald, Vice-President (Arts and Humanities), Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 14 May it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture on the Creative Scotland Bill.

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

Health and Sport Committee
7 May 2008
13th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to takes items 4 and 5 in private.

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

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

3. Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

4. Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider further written evidence on the bill.

5. Mental heath services for deaf and deafblind people: The Committee will consider its approach to a one-off evidence session on mental health services for deaf and deafblind people.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 14 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 (day 2).

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

Local Government and Communities Committee
7 May 2008
13th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 and item 4 in private. The Committee will also consider whether to take all further consideration of its draft report on Elections 2007 in private.

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

the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (Scotland) Order 2007 Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/160);

the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI2008/161); and

the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (Development Planning) (Saving Provisions) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/165).

3. Elections 2007: The Committee will consider a draft report.

4. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report.

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