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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
23 September 2008
12th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10 from—

Yvonne Strachan, Equality Unit, Scottish Government;

Dr Marsha Scott, Scottish Women’s Budget Group.

2. Scottish Strategic Framework on Faith and Belief Relations: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Scottish Strategic Framework on Faith and Belief Relations from—

Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Community Safety, and David Bell, Policy Manager, Scottish Government;

Sister Isabel Smyth, Chair, Scottish Working Group on Religion and Belief Relations.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 30 September, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Budget process 2009-10 and consider written evidence on the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill.

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

European and External Relations Committee
23 September 2008
15th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

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

2. Scottish Homecoming: The Committee will take evidence from—

Marie Christie, Homecoming Project Manager, EventScotland;

Denise Hill, Head of International Marketing, VisitScotland;

Nick Larkin, Head of Enterprise and Property Services, South Ayrshire Council;

Shirley Bell, Chief Executive, Robert Burns World Federation;

David Williamson, Public Affairs Manager, Scotch Whisky Association;

Stewart Laing, International Sales and Marketing Director, Scottish Development International.

3. Services Directive Inquiry: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Government.

4. French EU Presidency: The Committee will consider a paper from the European Officer.

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

6. EU Budget Review inquiry - witness expenses: The Committee will be invited to delegate to the Convener responsiblity for arranging for the SPCB to pay, under Rule 12.4.3, any witness expenses which arise during the committee’s inquiry into the EU budget review.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 October, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture on the Scottish Government’s EU priorities.

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

Finance Committee
23 September 2008
21st Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2) (in private): The Committee will consider a paper from the Committee’s adviser and its guidance to the Parliamentary subject committees.

2. Review of the Budget Process (in private): The Committee will consider how to proceed with the review.

3. Inquiry into the methods of funding capital investment projects (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 30 September, it is expected that the Committee will continue to consider a draft report 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
23 September 2008
14th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

PE1182 Specialist epilepsy nurses

Alana Parker will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of her petition accompanied by Susan Douglas-Scott

PE1187 Age limit for off-sales alcohol purchases

Greig Muir will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition
PE1191 Age limit for off-sales alcohol purchases

Tom French will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition
PE1173 Continuous provision of local leisure activities

PE1181 Rural fuel prices

PE1183 Third party right of appeal

PE1184 Eco-friendly schools

PE1185 Inclusion of sewers and drains in road bonds

PE1186 Abolition of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

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

PE743, PE822, PE881 Review of services for people with learning disabilities

PE944 Equal access rights for parents

PE953 Awareness, diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea

PE965 Duchenne muscular dystrophy

PE984 High hedges

PE1102 Future of rural post offices

PE1103 Violence against women

PE1105 St Margaret of Scotland Hospice

PE1116 Free nursery education from 3rd birthday

PE1122 Mordechai Vanunu

PE1125 Personal expenses allowance

PE1130 School closures where pupil roll exceeds 80% capacity

PE1132 Closure of rural schools

PE1133 Policies on objection to planning applications

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 October, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on  A92 upgrade; Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order accreditation scheme; standards of social rented housing; tail docking; rights of Kashmiri people; Shucksmith report on crofting; maintenance of common areas in new housing developments and the role of health visitors.   The Committee also expects to further consider current petitions on traffic regulation orders and disabled parking bays; NHS dental services; skin cancer; residential care for the elderly; standard of care for the housebound elderly; employment for disabled people; marine environment; protection of common good sites; access rights under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003; protection of conditions relating to gifts of land; NHS hospital car parking charges; mandatory fitting of seatbelts on school buses and diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

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

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
23 September 2008
17th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

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

the Public Service Vehicles (Registration of Local Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/253).

2. PE894: The Committee will consider a petition by The Association of Caithness Community Councils calling for the Scottish Parliament to consider investment in infrastructure, rolling stock and timetabling as part of a strategic root and branch review of the provision of rail services between Inverness, Thurso and Wick, with unrestricted thinking on how best to shorten journey times and ensure the continuing future of the railway to these destinations. Thought should also be given to ensuring that the existing communities of the ‘Lairg loop’ are provided for.

3. Inquiry into the potential benefits of high-speed rail services - witness expenses: The Committee will be invited to delegate to the Convener responsiblity for arranging for the SPCB to pay, under Rule 12.4.3, any expenses of witnesses in the inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 October, it is expected that the Committee will consider  its approach to the Budget process 2009-10. 

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
23 September 2008
26th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Judiciary and Courts (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a letter from the Scottish Government concerning proposals to amend delegated powers at Stage 3.

2. Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (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 Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/294);

the Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/298);

the Potatoes Originating in Poland (Notification) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/299);

the Plant Health (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/300);

the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/302).

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

the Adoptions with a Foreign Element (Special Restrictions on Adoptions from Abroad) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/303);

the Special Restrictions on Adoptions from Cambodia (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/304);

the Special Restrictions on Adoptions from Guatemala (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/305);

the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 (Restriction on the Authorisation of Council Officers) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/306).

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

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement No. 6 and Transitional Provision) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/308);

the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No. 5) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/311).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 30 September, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Scottish Government response to the Committee’s letter in the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill and 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.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
23 September 2008
16th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 3.00 pm in Committee Room 5

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

2. Complaint: The Committee will announce its decision at Stage 3 on a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

3. Complaint: The Committee will consider its draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 30 September, it is expected that the Committee will consider its inquiry on the cut-off date for the introduction of Members’ bills.

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

Audit Committee
24 September 2008
13th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 9 in private.

2. Section 23 report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Day surgery in Scotland: reviewing progress".

3. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider responses from the Accountable Officers on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Managing increasing prisoner numbers in Scotland".

4. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider responses from the Accountable Officers on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Financial overview of Scotland’s colleges 2006/07".

5. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Improving the school estate".

6. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Dealing with offending by young people".

7. Section 23 report: 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".

8. National Fraud Initiative: The Committee will consider a response from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "National Fraud Initiative in Scotland 2006/07".

9. Consideration of approach The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Day surgery in Scotland: reviewing progress".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 October, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Permanent Secretary of the Scottish Government, Sir John Elvidge on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report "Review of major capital projects in Scotland".  The Committee also intends to take evidence from the Permanent Secretary and the Accountable Officer, Scottish Government Health Directorates on the government response to the Committee’s report on the 2006/07 audit of the Western Isles Health Board.  The Committee will also take evidence from the Accountable Officer, Scottish Government Health Directorates on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report "Review of free personal and nursing care". 

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

Section C – Other Future Meetings

This section includes the agendas of other forthcoming meetings and outlines proposed future business, which may be subject to change.

Scottish Commission for Public Audit
Wednesday 24 September 2008
5th Meeting, 2008

The Commission will meet at 12.30 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Corporate governance of Audit Scotland: The Commission will take evidence on its review of the corporate governance of Audit Scotland from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, and Lorna Gibbs, Head of the Scrutiny Improvement Team, Scottish Government.

2. Corporate governance of Audit Scotland (in private): The Commission will consider the issues arising from the evidence heard to date, in order to inform the next stage of its review.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 1 October, it is expected that the Commission will take further evidence on its review of the corporate governance of Audit Scotland.

For further details, contact the Secretary to the Commission, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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