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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
11th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 3, 4 and 5 in private.

2. Age: The Committee will take evidence on age, in a round-table discussion, from—

Superintendent Fiona Barker, Association of Scottish Police Superintendents;

Raymond Thomson, Deputy Director of Lifelong Learning, Scottish Centre for Intergenerational Practice;

Kathleen Marshall, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People;

Lee Cousins, Head of Policy, sportscotland;

John Zimny, Treasurer, Voice of Chief Officers of Cultural, Community and Leisure Services in Scotland;

Gina Nowak, Senior Development Office, YouthLink Scotland.

3. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

4. Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

5. Work programme: The Committee will review its work programme.

European and External Relations Committee
14th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: Jamie Hepburn MSP and Jim Hume MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

3. Scotland as a Fair Trade Nation: The Committee will take evidence from—

Betsy Reed, Fair Trade Nation Development Officer, Scottish Fair Trade Forum;

Martin Rhodes, Chair, Glasgow Fair Trade Steering Group;

Malcolm Brown, Head of Corporate Communications, Scottish Midland Co-operative Society;

Duncan Rees, Chair, Wales Fair Trade Forum;

Thomas Hastie, Edinburgh City Fair Trade Initiative.

4. International Development Inquiry: The Committee will consider the response from the Scottish Government.

5. COSAC Subsidiarity pilot: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk.

6. Brussels Bulletin: The Committee will consider the Brussels Bulletin.

7. Scottish Affairs Committee inquiry into Scotland and the European Union: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk.

8. EU Budget Review Inquiry: The Committee will consider an approach paper from the Clerk.

Justice Committee
20th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

1. Declaration of interests: Robert Brown MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on the Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill at future meetings should be taken in private.

3. Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Community Safety, Paul Allen, Head of Damages and Succession Branch, Civil Law Division, Anne Hampson, Policy Manager, Damages and Succession Branch, Civil Law Division, and Catherine Scott, Solicitor, Solicitors Constitutional and Civil Law Division, Scottish Government.

4. Community Policing Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
15th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.45 am in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: Liam McArthur MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of evidence and draft reports on the budget process 2009-10 should be taken in private at future meetings.

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

the Water Environment (Relevant Enactments and Designation of Responsible Authorties and Functions) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/263).

4. Flood management legislation The Committee will consider its approach to forthcoming legislation on flood management.

5. Food policy: The Committee will take evidence from—

Carey Coombs;

Sally Crystal, Chair, Scottish Association of Farmers Markets;

Michael Gibson, Managing Director, Macbeth’s;

Jim McLaren, President, National Farmers Union Scotland;

Dr Karen Smyth, Rural Development Manager, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association;

Professor Phil Thomas;

and then from—

Dr Peter Bowbrick, Food Policy Economist;

Andrew Fairlie;

Adam Harrison, Senior Food Policy Officer (Food and Agriculture), WWF Scotland;

Hugh Raven, Director, Soil Association Scotland;

Dr Alan Renwick, Land Economy and Environmental Research Group Manager, Scottish Agricultural College;

Judith Robertson, Head of Oxfam Scotland;

Professor Bill Slee, Head of Socio-Economics Group, Macaulay Institute.

6. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.

7. Food policy (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
16th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 6

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

2. Finance and Sustainable Growth: The Committee will take evidence from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Malcolm Reed, Chief Executive, Transport Scotland, John Ewing, Director, Transport Directorate, and Philip Wright, Deputy Director, Climate Change, Scottish Government.

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

the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 (Fixed Penalty) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/243);

the Road Works (Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/244);

the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland Revocation Regulations 2008 Revocation Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/247);

the Public Transport Users’ Committee for Scotland Amendment Order 2008 Revocation Order 2008 (SSI 2008/248).

4. Budget process 2009-10 - appointment of adviser: The Committee will consider a list of candidates for the post of budget adviser.

Finance Committee
19th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: Jeremy Purvis MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private and whether to consider evidence heard and any draft reports on its inquiry into the methods of funding capital investment projects in private at future meetings.

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

Paul Brewer, Partner, Public Private Advisory, Price Waterhouse Coopers;

Lynn Brown, Executive Director of Financial Services, Glasgow City Council;

Andrew Gordon, Chief Executive, Canmore Partnership Ltd.;

Donald McGougan, Director of Finance, Edinburgh City Council;

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

Nigel Middleton, Managing Director, Barclays Private Equity;

Angela Scott, Head of CIPFA in Scotland;

Dave Watson, Scottish Organiser, Policy, UNISON;

Michael Watson, Partner, Banking, Energy and Infrastructure and Procurement, McGrigors LLP.

4. Review of the Budget Process: The Committee will consider how to proceed with the review.

Public Petitions Committee
13th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

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

PE1171 Mandatory sentencing for knife crime.  John Muir will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition accopanied by Paul McBride QC

PE1172 Billy Liddell.  Councillor Bill McCulloch will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition accompanied by Thomas Docherty and Mike Payne 

PE1179 Acquired brain injury services.  Helen Moran will make a brief statement to the committee in support of her petition accompanied by Mark Zeirvogel and Christine Flannery 

PE1174 Free public transport for under 16s

PE1176 Review of criteria for listing historic buildings

PE1177 Investigations into the genetic effects of radiation

PE1178 Moratorium on wind farm installations

PE1180 Further education provision for students with complex needs

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

PE988 Home Loss payment.  The Committee will hear evidence from—Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infastructure and Climate Change; and Stephen Garland, Scottish Government

PE936 Siting of oil depots

PE1003 Shetland Islands Regulated Fishery (Scotland) Order 1999

PE1076 SPSO appeal tribunal

PE1104 Environmental impact of wind-farm developments

PE1117 Lion of Scotland statue

PE1118 Animal slaughter without pre-stunning

PE1119 Impact of fuel prices on the road haulage industry

PE1120 Funding of family mediation services

PE1121 Environmental levy on plastic bags

PE1123 Diabetes self-management plan

PE1124 Ban on snares

PE1126 Access to independent advocates

PE1128 Posthumous pardons under witchcraft legislation

PE1129 Funeral costs and debt issues

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

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
15th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Declaration of interests: Robert Brown MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft).

4. Review of Volume 2, Section 6 of the Code of Conduct: The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

5. Audit Committee - title and remit (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

6. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
24th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill after Stage 2.

2. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

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) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/261);

the Control of Salmonella in Poultry (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/266).

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

the Freedom of Information (Relaxation of Statutory Prohibitions on Disclosure of Information) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft);

the Scottish Commission for Human Rights (Specification) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft).

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

the National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/288);

the National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/289);

the Divorce etc. (Pensions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/293);

the National Health Service (Charges to Overesas Visitors) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/290);

the Public Contracts and Utilities Contracts (Common Procurement Vocabulary Codes) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/291).

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

the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No.5) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/292).

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