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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

Equal Opportunities Committee
20 May 2008
8th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 7 in private.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider an item on the Scots language in private at its next meeting.

3. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider in private at future meetings a draft report on the evidence it has taken in relation to the report Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities, published by the Equal Opportunities Committee in Session 2 of the Parliament.

4. Equality and Human Rights Commission: The Committee will take evidence on the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s approach to equality from—

Ros Micklem, National Director for Scotland, Muriel Robison, Head of Legal Enforcement, and Morag Patrick, Foresight Team Leader, Equality and Human Rights Commission.

5. Taking stock on religion/belief: The Committee will consider an approach paper.

6. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider whether it wishes to seek to appoint an adviser to assist with its scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

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

8. Reporter (in private): The Committee will consider a paper by the gender reporter.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 June, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on the evidence it has taken in relation to the report Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities, published by the Equal Opportunities Committee in Session 2 of the Parliament and a paper on the Scots language.

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

Justice Committee
20 May 2008
12th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 1.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item5 in private.

2. Inquiry into community policing: The Committee will take evidence from—

Jim Barker-McCardle, Deputy Chief Constable, National Policing Improvement Agency;

Rachel Tuffin, Research Officer, Home Office;

and then from—

Professor Martin Innes, Director, Universities Police Science Institute, Cardiff University;

Professor Adam Crawford, Director, Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, University of Leeds;

and then from—

Professor Wesley Skogan, Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University, USA;

and then from—

Dr Daniel Donnelly, Scottish Centre for Police Studies;

Alistair Henry, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Edinburgh.

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

the Lyon Court and Office Fees (Variation) (No.2) Order 2008 (SSI2008/168).

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

5. Inquiry into community policing: The Committee will consider whether to accept written evidence received in response to its call for evidence.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 27 May, it is expected that the Committee will continue taking evidence on its inquiry into community policing.

The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on its inquiry into community policing at subsequent meetings.

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

Finance Committee
20 May 2008
14th 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—

Dougald Middleton, Head of Transport and Distribution, Ernst and Young;

Bryan Smail, Head of Treasury and Investment and Project Director, Falkirk Council; and

Bruce West, Head of Strategic Finance, Argyll and Bute Council.

2. Inquiry into the methods of funding capital investment projects: The Committee will take evidence, in a round-table discussion, from—

Michael Gerrard, Deputy Chief Executive, Partnerships UK;

Stephen Gibson, Director, Cordale Housing Association;

Robert MacDowall, Director, DTZ Pieda Consulting;

Ron McAulay, Director for Scotland, and Fred Maroudas, Director of Finance, Network Rail;

Martin Spollen, Strategic Adviser, Northern Ireland Strategic Investment Board;

Ray Stephenson, Programme Manager, ProCure21, Department of Health;

Ian Wall, former Chief Executive, The EDI Group Ltd.

3. Scrutiny of financial memoranda: The Committee will consider a draft letter to the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

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.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 27 May, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on its inquiry into the methods of funding capital investment projects.

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

Public Petitions Committee
20 May 2008
9th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Inquiry into the availability on the NHS of cancer treatment drugs: the Committee will take evidence from—

Tina McGeever;

George Darroch;

Tony Higgins;

Reg McKay.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its draft report of its inquiry into the availability on the NHS of cancer treatment drugs in private at future meetings.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on27 May,it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice on current petitions on the publication of criminal memoirs and a ban on airguns. The Committee will consider new petitions on review of fire service boards; review of screening for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and heart conditions; CCTV provision; destruction of medical records; disabled parking spaces; the Balfour Declaration; inheritance law; young offenders; best interests of children and Court of Session right of audience. The Committee is also expected to further consider current petitions on environmental impact of animal gasification plants; Alimta; village halls; specialist visiting teachers; Jon Wheatley College; registered social landlords; protection of historic sites; protection from wind-farm developments; provision of motorcycle facilities and St Margaret of Scotland Hospice.

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

Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Committee
20 May 2008
7th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 3.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry.

Proposed future business

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

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
21 May 2008
11th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 in private.

2. Enterprise network reform and transfer of functions: The Committee will take evidence on the reform of the enterprise networks and transfer of functions, from—

Jack Perry, Chief Executive, Hugh Hall, Chief Financial Officer, and Stuart Patrick, Senior Commercial Director, Scottish Enterprise;

Sandy Cumming, Chief Executive, and Sandy Brady, Director of Strategy, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

Councillor Alison Hay, COSLA Regeneration and Sustainable Development Spokesperson, James Fowlie, Team Development Manager, COSLA, Barbra Lindsay, Strategic Director COSLA, and David Valentine, Head of Economic Development, Angus Council and representative of SOLACE and SLAED;

Donald Henderson, Interim Chief Executive, Linda Ellison, Director of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Marie Burns, Director of Skills Interventions, Skills Development Scotland.

3. Tourism Inquiry: The Committee will discuss the progress of the inquiry with its tourism adviser.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 May, the Committee expects to take oral evidence on its tourism inquiry, the Scottish Register of Tartans Bill and on the legislative consent memorandum for the UK Energy Bill from Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism. Then the Committee expects to take oral evidence on the Scottish Register of Tartans Bill from Jamie McGrigor MSP. 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
21 May 2008
13th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Petition 1046: The Committee will take evidence on the petition from—

Ronnie Smith, General Secretary, David Drever, Vice President, and Helen Connor, Vice President Elect, The Educational Institute of Scotland;

and then from—

Valerie Wilson, Senior Honorary Research Fellow, and Jon Lewin, Information Officer, The SCRE Centre.

2. Creative Scotland Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 May, it is expected that the Committee will agree its draft Stage 1 report on the Creative Scotland Bill. The Committee will also continue to 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.

Health and Sport Committee
21 May 2008
15th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 5 and 6 in private.

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

the Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/166);

the Guar Gum (Restriction on First Placing on the Market) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/176).

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

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

5. European matters: The Committee will consider developments in relation to cross-border health services and then correspondence from the Convener of the European and External Relations Committee.

6. Finance Committee’s review of the budget process: The Committee will consider a draft response to the Finance Committee’s consultation.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 May it is expected that the Committee will consider its work programme.

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

Local Government and Communities Committee
21 May 2008
15th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Social Housing: The Committee will take evidence on developments in support for new council housing and in housing regulation since the abolition of Communities Scotland from—

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing; Karen Watt, Chief Executive, Scottish Housing Regulator; Stephen Devine, Team Leader, Social Housing Quality; and William Fleming, Branch Head, Social Housing; Scottish Government.

2. Elections 2007 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 May, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from Audit Scotland on local government performance and from Professor Himsworth and Professor Kerley on the implications of local income tax. The Committee will also agree an approach to its Child Poverty Inquiry.

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

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