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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

Finance Committee
27 May 2008
15th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

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

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Dr Andrew Goudie, Chief Economic Adviser and Director General Economy, and Sandy Rosie, Director of the Financial Partnerships Unit, Scottish Government.

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

3. Creative Scotland Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to further scrutiny of the financial implications of the Creative Scotland Bill.

4. Review of the Budget Process: The Committee will consider a discussion paper from its Budget Adviser.

5. Inquiry into the methods of funding capital investment projects (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence heard to date, in order to inform the drafting of its report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 June, it is expected that the Committee will consider the evidence heard 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
27 May 2008
10th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Consideration of current petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions—

PE504 Publication of criminal memoirs: The Committee will hear oral evidence from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, the Scottish Government

PE1059 Ban on airguns: The Committee will hear oral evidence from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, the Scottish Government

2. Consideration of new petitions: The Committee will give consideration to the following new petitions—

PE1147 Review of fire service boards

Annmargaret Watson will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of her petition accompanied by Councillor Peter Johnston and John Duffy, Fire Brigade Union.

PE1151 Review of screening for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and heart conditions

Wilma Gunn will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of her petition accompanied by Graeme McIver and Professor Stewart Hills.

PE1152 CCTV provision

Robert Kyle will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition.

PE1141 Destruction of medical records

PE1157 Court of Session right of audience

PE1149 Disabled car parking spaces

PE1153 Balfour Declaration and the rights of the Palestinian people

PE1154 Inheritance law

PE1155 Young offenders

PE1156 Best interests of children

3. Consideration of current petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions—

PE1004 Environmental impact of animal gasification plants

PE1006 Alimta

PE1070 Village halls

PE1071 Specialist visiting teachers

PE1072 Jon Wheatley College

PE1075 Registered social landlords

PE1078 Protection of historic sites

PE1095 Protection from windfarm developments

PE1100 Provision of motorcycle facilities

PE1105 St Margaret of Scotland Hospice

4. Notification of new petitions: The Committee will consider a paper indicating new petitions lodged since the last Committee meeting.

5. Annual equalities report: The Committee will consider a draft annual equalities report.

6. 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 10 June, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on support for community prisons; cuts in public and voluntary sector services; referendum on fiscal autonomy; audio recording of court proceedings; National Concessionary Travel Scheme; audit of the office of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman; use of live and hybrid embryos; and rights of biological fathers.  The Committee is also expected to further consider current petitions on deceleration lane on the A90; hairdressing trainees; maintenance of un-adopted open spaces; Education Maintenance Allowance; local museums; pay and conditions of FE lecturers and national proof of age card.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
27 May 2008
18th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 6

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

the Food Labelling (Declaration of Allergens) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/180).

2. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following––

the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft);

the Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft);

the Human Tissue (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Amendment) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft); and

the Nutritional Requirements for Food and Drink in Schools (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/draft).

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

the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland Revocation Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/187); and

the Public Transport Users’ Committee for Scotland Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/186).

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

the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/191);

the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/192); and

the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/193).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 June, the Committee will consider Scottish Statutory Instruments and other documents subject to parliamentary procedure.

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

Audit Committee
28 May 2008
10th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

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

2. National Fraud initiative in Scotland 2006/07: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the report entitled "National Fraud Initiative in Scotland 2006/07".

3. Section 22 Reports: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the Section 22 reports entitled "The 2006/07 Audit of James Watt College" and "The 2006/07 Audit of Kilmarnock College".

4. Consideration of the title and remit of the Audit Committee: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee regarding proposed changes to the title and remit of the Audit Committee.

5. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A review of free personal and nursing care" (AGS/2008/1) in light of the publication of a report by Lord Sutherland entitled "Independent review of free personal and nursing care in Scotland". The Committee will also consider its approach to the report entitled "National Fraud Initiative in Scotland 2006/07" and the Section 22 reports entitled "The 2006/07 Audit of James Watt College" and "The 2006/07 Audit of Kilmarnock College".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting it is expected that the Committee will consider further briefings from the Auditor General for Scotland.

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

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