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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
14 May 2008
10th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. The Scottish Register of Tartans Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Michael McElhinney, Head of Manufacturing Policy and Helena Janssen, Senior Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government; and

George MacKenzie, Keeper of the Records of Scotland;

and then from—

Mr Robin Blair, Former Lord Lyon King of Arms;

Brian Wilton, Director of the Scottish Tartans Authority; and

Keith Lumsden, Director Scottish Tartans World Register;

and then from—

Kirsty Scott, Head of National Textiles Team, Scottish Enterprise; and

Dr Nick Fiddes, Managing, Director Scotweb.

2. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliamentary year from 9 May 2007 to 8 May 2008.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 May, the Committee is expected to take evidence on the reform of the Enterprise networks, and the establishment of Skills Development Scotland.

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
14 May 2008
12th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Fundable Bodies (The Scottish Agricultural College) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) from—

Maureen Watt MSP, Minister for Schools and Skills, Louise Sutherland, Team Leader, Higher Education and Governance and Norman Harvey, Head of Science Reform and Finance, Scottish Government; and

Martin Fairbairn, Director (Governance Management, Appraisal and Policy), Scottish Funding Council.

2. Subordinate legislation: Maureen Watt MSP (Minister for Schools and Skills) to move S3M-1784—

That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Fundable Bodies (The Scottish Agricultural College) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

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

Calum Davidson, Head of Key Sectors, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

Adrian Gillespie, Director of Digital Markets and Enabling Technologies, Scottish Enterprise; and

Councillor Harry McGuigan, Community Well-Being and Safety Spokesperson, COSLA;

Not before 11 am:

and then from—

Linda Fabiani MSP, Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture, Heather Jack, Deputy Director, Culture and Gaelic Division and Greig Chalmers, Head of Creative Scotland and Broadcasting Team, Scottish Government.

4. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft Stage 1 Report on the Creative Scotland Bill at its next two meetings should be taken in private.

5. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee willconsider its approach to this year’s budget process.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report on the Creative Scotland Bill. The Committee will also take evidence on petition PE1046 in relation to class sizes.

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

Audit Committee
14 May 2008
9th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Declaration of interests: Charlie Gordon MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 8 in private.

3. Managing increasing prisoner numbers in Scotland: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Managing increasing prisoner numbers in Scotland". (AGS/2008/5).

4. Overview of Scotland’s health and the performance of the NHS: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Overview of Scotland’s health and NHS performance in 2006/07". (AGS/2007/10).

5. Dealing with offending by young people: The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Community Safety on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Dealing with offending by young people". (AGS/2007/4).

6. Police call management: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Police call management: an initial review" (AGS/2007/8).

7. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliamentary year from 9 May 2007 to 8 May 2008.

8. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Managing increasing prisoner numbers in Scotland". (AGS/2008/5).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 May, it is expected that the Committee will receive further briefings from the Auditor General for Scotland including a briefing on two Section 22 Reports he has made on the 2006/07 audits of James Watt College and Kilmarnock College.

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

Health and Sport Committee
14 May 2008
14th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Kathy Banks, Chief Executive, Sunbed Association;

Ron Culley, Policy Manager, COSLA;

Lene Priess, Director, Consol Suncenter plc; and

Alastair Shaw, Society of Chief Officers in Environmental Health Scotland.

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

3. Finance Committee’s review of the budget process (in private): The Committee will consider a consultation paper received from the Finance Committee.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 (Day 3).

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
14 May 2008
10th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Rural housing inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Madhu Satsangi, University of Stirling;

Professor John Bryden, University of the Highlands and Islands;

and will decide which further witnesses to invite to give oral evidence and where to hold an external meeting in September.

2. Finance Committee inquiry on the budget process: The Committee will consider issues raised in the Finance Committee’s inquiry, and decide whether to consider a draft submission to the inquiry in private at its next meeting.

3. European Union issues: The Committee will consider a letter from the Convener of the European and External Relations Committee.

4. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliamentary year from 9 May 2007 to 8 May 2008.

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

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 Areas (Exempt Fireplaces) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/157);

the Rural Development Contracts (Land Managers Options) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/159);

the Land Managers Skills Development Grants (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/162); and

the Bathing Waters (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/170).

6. Rural housing inquiry (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

7. Flooding and flood management inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a final draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 May, the Committee will take oral evidence on rural housing. The Committee will continue to take evidence on its rural housing inquiry at subsequent meetings.

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

Local Government and Communities Committee
14 May 2008
14th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 11.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Elections 2007: The Committee will take evidence from Bruce Crawford MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business, Gerald Byrne, Head of Constitution Unit and Andy Sinclair, Senior Policy Officer, Constitutional and Parliamentary Secretariat, Scottish Government.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 May, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, on council housing, and to discuss the development of arrangements following the abolition of Communities Scotland, particularly the role of the housing regulator.

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

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