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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
30 September 2008
13th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

Emma Ritch, Project Manager, Close the Gap;

Margaret Gribbon, Head of Employment Department, Digby Brown;

Suzi Macpherson, Senior Research Fellow, Employment Research Institute;

Muriel Robison, Head of Commission Enforcement, Equality and Human Rights Commission;

Anne Meikle, consultant on gender equality issues and member of Occupational Segregation Working Group;

Peter Hunter, Regional Organiser - Equal Pay, UNISON.

2. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider written evidence on the Bill.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 October, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on carers; the Budget process 2009-2010; and outcomes of the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All.

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

Justice Committee
30 September 2008
22nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 10 in private. The Committee will also consider whether to take all future consideration of the main themes arising from evidence sessions on budget scrutiny in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Freedom of Information (Relaxation of Statutory Prohibitions on Disclosure of Information) (Scotland) Order 2008 from—

Bruce Crawford MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business;

Alicia McKay, Head of Freedom of Information Unit, and Mark Richards, Solicitor, Solicitors Transport, Culture and Procurement Division, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: Bruce Crawford MSP (Minister for Parliamentary Business) to move S3M-2560— That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Freedom of Information (Relaxation of Prohibitions on Disclosure of Information) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Scottish Commission for Human Rights (Specification) Order 2008 from—

Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Community Safety;

Richard Dennis, Head of Civil Law Division, Bill Galbraith, Policy Manager, Civil Law Division, and Olive Hogg, Solicitor, Solicitors Constitutional and Civil Law Division, Scottish Government.

5. Subordinate legislation: Fergus Ewing MSP (Minister for Community Safety) to move S3M-2562— That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Scottish Commission for Human Rights (Specification) Order 2008 be approved.

6. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Adults with Incapacity (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2008 from—

Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Community Safety;

Sandra McDonald, Public Guardian, Stuart Fowler, Deputy Public Guardian, and Kenneth Graham, Special Projects Manager, Office of the Public Guardian (Scotland).

7. Subordinate legislation: Fergus Ewing MSP (Minister for Community Safety) to move S3M-2561— That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Adults with Incapacity (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

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

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

the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (Scottish Public Authorities) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/297).

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

Mike Ewart, Chief Executive, and Willie Pretswell, Director of Finance and Business Services, Scottish Prison Service;

and then from—

Chief Constable Kevin Mathieson, Chair of ACPOS Information Management Business Area, and Doug Cross, Chair of ACPOS Finance Management Business Area, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland.

10. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence session.

11. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the written evidence received in response to its call for evidence.

12. Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 October, it is expected that the Committee will continue taking evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

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

Finance Committee
30 September 2008
22nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill.

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

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

3. Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill.

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

5. Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 October, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on the Draft Budget 2009-10 and continue to consider its 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.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
30 September 2008
17th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 6

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

2. Members’ Bills - cut-off date for introduction: The Committee will take evidence from—

David Cullum, Head of the Non-Executive Bills Unit, The Scottish Parliament.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 October, it is expected that the Committee will consider recognition of Cross-Party Groups; a draft report on its Points of Order inquiry and its review of the Code of Conduct.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
30 September 2008
27th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Regulatory Framework Inquiry The Committee will consider a paper by the clerk on follow up to the Committee’s Regulatory Framework Inquiry.

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

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

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

the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/309);

the Inshore Fishing (Prohibition on Fishing) (Lamlash Bay) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/317)

the Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/310);

the National Health Service (Recognition of Health Service Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/315);

the Mental Health (Certificates for Medical Treatment) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/316).

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

the National Health Service (Functions of the Common Services Agency) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/312);

the Homelessness etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Commencement No.3) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/313);

the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No.3 and Related Amendments) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/314).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 October, 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.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
1 October 2008
23rd 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 item 4 in private.

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

Damien Yeates, Chief Executive, Marie Burns, Director, Skills Interventions, and Linda Ellison, Director, Finance and Corporate Services, Skills Development Scotland.

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

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).

4. The proposed Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the proposed Bill at Stage 1.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 October, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2) from the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture.

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

Health and Sport Committee
1 October 2008
23rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

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

the Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/261);

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

3. Petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions—

PE789 by Eric Brown, on the supervision of prescribed methadone consumption;

PE1037 by David Nelson, on the provision of designated smoking areas in pubs and clubs;

PE1042 by Belinda Cunnison, on smoking in public places and indoor air pollution;

PE1138 by Erica Woollcombe, on the provision of local ice rinks;

PE1173 by Parisa Tadjali, on the provision of local sport facilities.

4. Pathways into sport inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to phase two of the inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 October, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Scottish Government’s draft budget 2009-2010.

The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on the draft budget 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
1 October 2008
24th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

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

2. Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Guy Mason, Public Affairs Manager, ASDA;

Kelvin Reynolds, Director of Technical Services and Head of Safer Parking Scheme, British Parking Association;

Graeme Taylor, Scottish Regional Manager, National Car Parks Ltd;

and then from—

Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, Angus MacInnes, Bus, Road Safety and Local Roads Policy and Traffic Branch, Bill Brash, Team Leader, PVS, MACS and Mobility Team, and Judith Ballantine, MACS Secretary, Scottish Government.

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

Lucy McTernan, Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisation;

Stephen Maxwell, Associate Director, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations;

Andrew Field, Chief Executive, and Dennis Robertson Sullivan, Operations Consultant, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.

4. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 1 witnesses): The Committee will decide whether to invite further witnesses to give oral evidence on the Scottish Government’s budget proposals 2009-10.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 October, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill and take oral evidence on the Scottish Budget 2009-10 from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth and the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing.

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
1 October 2008
17th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.10 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider the legal advice on the Crown Estate in private.

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

the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI/294);

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

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

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

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

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

Peter Russell, Rural Director, Andy Robb, Rural Payments and Inspections Director, John Mason, Environmental Quality Director, Mike Neilson, Marine Director, Maggie Gill, Rural and Environment Research and Analysis Director, Paul Snaith, Head of Corporate Services, Forestry Commission Scotland, and Ross Scott, Finance Team Leader, Scottish Government.

4. European Union issues: The Committee will consider an update on European Union issues.

5. Pig industry: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment.

6. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2) (in private): The Committee will review evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

7. Crown Estate: The Committee will consider legal advice on the Crown Estate and Crown Estate Commissioners.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 October, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the 2009-2010 budget from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment. The Committee will take evidence on its rural housing inquiry from Shelter.

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

Other Future Meetings

Scottish Commission for Public Audit
1 October 2008
6th Meeting, 2008

The Commission will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 5

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

Gillian Fawcett, Senior Fellow, the Office of Public Management, and Angela Scott, Head of CIPFA in Scotland.

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

John Baillie, Chair of the Accounts Commission and Chair of Audit Scotland, Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland, Caroline Gardner, Deputy Auditor General and Controller of Audit, and Phil Taylor, non-executive member of Audit Scotland.

3. 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 8 October, it is expected that the Commission will consider the evidence heard to date 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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