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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

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
8 October 2008
24th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.15 am in Committee Room 6

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

Linda Fabiani MSP, Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture, Wendy Wilkinson, Deputy Director, Culture Division, and David Seers, Head of Cultural Excellence Team, Culture Division, Scottish Government.

4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the following affirmative instrument—

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 October, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2) from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.

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

Audit Committee
8 October 2008
14th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: Cathie Craigie MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 6, 7 and 8 in private.

3. Section 23 report: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A review of major capital projects" from—

Sir John Elvidge, Permanent Secretary, and Alyson Stafford, Director of Finance, Scottish Government.

4. Audit Committee’s report "The 2006/07 Audit of Western Isles Health Board": The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s response to the Audit Committee’s report "The 2006/07 Audit of Western Isles Health Board" from—

Sir John Elvidge, Permanent Secretary, Dr Kevin Woods, Director-General Health and Chief Executive of the NHS in Scotland, and Paul Martin, Chief Nursing Officer and Interim Director Health Workforce, Scottish Government.

5. Section 23 report: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A review of free personal and nursing care" from—

Dr Kevin Woods, Director-General Health and Chief Executive of the NHS in Scotland, Graeme Dickson, Director of Primary and Community Care, and Neil Rennick, Head of Older Peoples Unit, Scottish Government.

6. Consideration of evidence: The Committee will consider the evidence received at agenda item 3.

7. Consideration of evidence: The Committee will consider the evidence received at agenda item 4.

8. Consideration of evidence: The Committee will consider the evidence received at agenda item 5.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 October, it is expected that the Committee will receive further briefings from the Auditor General for Scotland and consider a number of written responses from Accountable Officers in relation to previously published reports of the Auditor General for Scotland.

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

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
8 October 2008
19th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: Ms Wendy Alexander MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

Jo Armstrong, Director, Armstrong and Armstrong Limited;

John McLaren, Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Public Policy for Regions;

Kenneth Low, Research Fellow, The Fraser of Allander Institute, University of Strathclyde;

Ben Thomson, Chairman, Reform Scotland.

3. The impact of the credit crunch on the Scottish economy: The Committee will discuss an options paper on how members may wish to take forward deliberations on this issue.

4. Invitation to the Council of Economic Advisers: The Committee will discuss its invitation to the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to give evidence to the Committee.

5. Seminar with the Scottish Trades Union Congress: The Committee will consider an outline programme for its annual seminar with the Scottish Trades Union Congress.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 October, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take 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.

Health and Sport Committee
8 October 2008
24th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

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

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 6 and 8 in private.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Mental Health (England and Wales Cross-border transfer: patients subject to requirements other than detention) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 from—

Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health, Joanna Keating, Legal Adviser, Legal Directorate, and John Williamson, Policy Officer, Mental Health Division, Scottish Government.

4. Subordinate legislation: Shona Robison MSP (Minister for Public Health) to move S3M-2563—

That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the draft Mental Health (England and Wales Cross-border transfer: patients subject to requirements other than detention) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

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

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).

6. Health inequalities inquiry: The Committee will consider a draft response to the Scottish Government’s report, Equally Well.

Not before 11:00 AM

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

Philippa Bonella, Director of Information and Communications, ASH Scotland;

Theresa Fyffe, Director, Royal College of Nursing Scotland;

John Gallacher, Regional Organiser, UNISON Scotland;

Dr Andrew Lamb, National Director, British Dental Association Scotland.

8. Mental health services inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 October, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing on the Scottish Government’s draft budget.

The Committee expects to take evidence on the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill 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
8 October 2008
25th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Declaration of interests: Mary Mulligan MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

Jackie Baillie, MSP;

David Cullum, Clerk Team Leader, Non-Executive Bills Unit, and Robert Marr, Assistant Legal Adviser, Directorate of Legal Services, Scottish Parliament.

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

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

4. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of draft reports on the Scottish Government’s budget proposals 2009-10 and draft reports on the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 should be taken in private at future meetings.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 October, it is expected that the Committee will consider subordinate legislation; take oral evidence from COSLA on the Scottish Government’s budget proposals 2009-2010 and consider a draft report on the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
8 October 2008
18th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Declaration of interests: Elaine Murray MSP and Rhoda Grant MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Wakeford, Director General Environment, and Ross Scott, Finance Team Leader, Scottish Government.

3. Rural housing inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Gavin Corbett, Policy Manager, Shelter.

4. Crown Estate: The Committee will consider written evidence on the Crown Estate and Crown Estate Commissioners.

5. Petition: The Committee will consider petition PE749 by Geoffrey Kolbe, on behalf of Newcastleton and District Community Council, seeking a moratorium and legislative restrictions on the spreading of sewage sludge.

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

7. Rural housing inquiry (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

8. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a paper on possible witnesses for future meetings.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 October, the Committee will take evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment and the Minister for Communities and Sport on its rural housing inquiry.

The Committee expects to take evidence on the annual quotas proposed under the Common Fisheries Policy and on the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

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

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
8 October 2008
7th Meeting, 2008

The Commission will meet at 12.30 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Corporate governance of Audit Scotland (in private): The Commission will consider a draft report on its review of the corporate governance of Audit Scotland.

Proposed future business

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

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