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Section A – Today’s Business

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
14th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: Malcolm Chisholm 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 to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Budget process at future meetings should be taken in private.

3. Carers: The Committee will take evidence on carers, in a round-table discussion, from—

Jane Kennedy, Team Leader, Health and Social Care Team, COSLA;

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

Alan Swift, Director of HR, the Scottish Court Service;

Alexis Jay, Chief Social Work Inspector, Social Work Inspection Agency;

Lawrence Wason, Divisional Officer, Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers.

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

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Graham Owenson, Team Leader, Local Government Finance, and Yvonne Strachan, Equality Unit, Scottish Government.

5. European Year of Equal Opportunities for All: The Committee will take evidence on the outcomes of the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All from—

Belinda Pyke, Director of Equality, European Commission.

Justice Committee
23rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private. The Committee will also decide whether its consideration of its draft report on the Scottish Government’s budget proposals 2009-10 should be taken in private at future meetings.

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

the Restriction of Liberty Order (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/307).

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

Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Community Safety;

Robert Gordon, Director General Justice and Communities, and Ruth Ritchie, Team Leader, Finance Justice, Scottish Government;

Mike Ewart, Chief Executive, Scottish Prison Service.

4. Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider whether to accept supplementary written evidence.

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

European and External Relations Committee
16th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Declaration of interests: Charlie Gordon MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Choice of Convener: The Committee will choose a Convener.

3. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 7 and 8 in private and whether further consideration of its EU work programme should be taken in private.

4. Scottish Government’s EU priorities: The Committee will take evidence from—

Linda Fabiani MSP, Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture, Donald Henderson, Head of Scottish Government EU Office, and Craig Egner, Senior Policy Officer on Rural Affairs and Health, Scottish Government EU Office, Scottish Government.

5. Visit to Brussels: The Committee will receive a report back from the Deputy Convener on the visit to Brussels.

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

7. Scottish Government’s China Plan: The Committee will consider its approach to future work.

8. Scottish Government’s EU priorities: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence session with the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture.

Finance Committee
23rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: Jackie Baillie MSP and David Whitton MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose a new Deputy Convener.

3. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s consolidated accounts for 2007-08 and Scotland Performs from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Alyson Stafford, Director of Finance, and Julie Wilson, Senior Statistician, Scottish Government.

4. Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill from—

Alasdair Morgan MSP;

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

5. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill at a future meeting should be taken in private.

6. Proposed contingent liability: The Committee will consider a letter from the Scottish Government in relation to a contingent liability and take evidence from—

Derek Bearhop, Head of Commonwealth Games 2014 Delivery Team, Equalities, Social Inclusion and Sport Directorate, and Kate Vincent, Deputy Director for Sport, Equalities, Social Inclusion and Sport Directorate, Scottish Government;

Carole Forrest, Executive Legal Manager, Corporate Property Law, Chief Executive Department, Glasgow City Council.

7. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill.

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

Public Petitions Committee
15th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Declaration of Interests: Bill Butler MSP and Marlyn Glen MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

PE1189 Standards of social rented housing

The Committee will take evidence from Anne Lear, Janice McEwan and Mike Dailly

PE1201 Shucksmith report on crofting

The Committee will take evidence from Netta MacKenzie

PE1175 A92 upgrade

The Committee will take evidence from Ronald Page, Jayne Smith and Dr Bob Grant

PE1188 Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order accreditation scheme

PE1190 Investigation of complaints by Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

PE1192 Promotion of independent vehicular ferry routes

PE1194 Rights of Kashmiri people

PE1195 Maintenance of common areas in new housing developments

PE1196 Tail docking

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

PE908, PE909, PE1007 Traffic regulation orders and disabled parking bays

PE920, PE922, PE1018 NHS dental services

PE931 Skin cancer

PE1023 Residential care for the elderly

PE1032 Standard of care for the housebound elderly

PE1036 and PE1069 Employment for disabled people

PE1050 Protection of Common good sites

PE1061 Access rights under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003

PE1077 Protection of conditions relating to gifts of land

PE1086 and PE1091 NHS hospital car parking charges

PE1098 Mandatory fitting of seat felts on school buses

PE1109 Diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis

PE1122 Mordechai Vanunu

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

5. Inquiry into the public petitions process: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk.

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
18th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Declaration of interests: Des McNulty MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

3. Scottish Water Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08: The Committee will take evidence from—

Gary Womersley, Chief Officer, Jim Black, Head of Customer Support, and Tom McClements, National Service Quality Committee Chair, WaterWatch Scotland.

4. Climate change events: The Committee will consider its approach to forthcoming climate change events.

5. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2) - 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 during consideration of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

6. National Planning Framework 2: The Committee will consider its approach to the National Planning Framework 2.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
28th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: Malcolm Chisholm MSP and Tom McCabe 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. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response to points raised on the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

4. Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

5. Scottish Government responses: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s responses in relation to 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).

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

the International Criminal Court (Remand Time) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft);

the Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft);

the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft).

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

The Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/322).

8. Correspondence from the Minister for Parliamentary Business: The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Parliamentary Business on the Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/261).

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