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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

Justice Committee
11 November 2008
27th 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 6 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the the Justice of the Peace Court (Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/328) and the Stipendiary Magistrates (Specified Day) (Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/330) from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Gerard Bonnar, Head of Summary Justice Reform Branch, Criminal Procedure Division, and Stephen Crilly, Solicitor, Criminal Justice, Police and Fire Division, Scottish Government;

Eric McQueen, Director of Field Services, Scottish Court Service.

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

the Justice of the Peace Court (Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/328);

the Stipendiary Magistrates (Specified Day) (Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/330);

the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/334).

4. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Euan Page, Senior Parliamentary Affairs Officer, The Equality and Human Rights Commission;

Mhairi Logan, Manager, LGBT Domestic Abuse Project;

Tim Hopkins, Policy and Legislation Officer, Equality Network;

and then from—

Norman Dunning, Chief Executive, Enable Scotland;

and then from—

Rev Graham Blount, Scottish Churches Parliamentary Officer;

Alistair Stevenson, Public Policy Officer, Evangelical Alliance;

and then from—

David Greatorex, Head of Research, The Christian Institute;

Dr Gordon Macdonald, Parliamentary Officer, CARE for Scotland.

5. Justice and home affairs in Europe: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk.

6. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider whether to accept written evidence received after the deadline for submission of written evidence.

7. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence session.

8. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2) (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 November, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill. The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

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
11 November 2008
21st Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Climate change bill consultation - Scottish Government response: The Committee will take evidence from—

Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, and Climate Change, Philip Wright, Deputy Director Climate Change, Fiona Page, Head of Scottish Climate Change Bill Team, Andrew Henderson, Policy Officer Scottish Climate Change Bill Team, and Nuala Gormley, Principal Research Officer, Scottish Government.

2. Inquiry into the potential benefits of high-speed rail services: The Committee will take evidence from—

Garry Clark, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Scottish Chambers of Commerce;

Owen Kelly, Chief Executive, Scottish Financial Enterprise;

Iain Duff, Chief Economist and Policy Manager, Scottish Council for Development and Industry;

and then from—

Anthony Hughes, Transport Policy and Planning Manager, Glasgow City Council;

Chris Day, Transport, City Development, City of Edinburgh Council;

Ron Culley, Chief Executive, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport;

Trond Haugen, Rail Specialist, SEStran;

and then from—

James King, Convener, Passengers’ View Scotland;

Robert Samson, Passenger Link Manager, Passenger Focus.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 November, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on its inquiry into the potential benefits of high-speed rail services.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
11 November 2008
31st Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 6 in private.

2. Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Kenneth Hogg, Deputy Director of Health Delivery, Robert Kirkwood, Bill Team Policy Offficer, and Beth Elliot, Solicitor, Scottish Government.

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

the Budget (Scotland) Act 2008 Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft);

the Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft);

the Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) and the Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft).

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

the National Health Service Central Register (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/358).

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

the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 (Abolition of the Scottish legal services ombudsman) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/352).

6. Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the evidence taken under item 2.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 November, it is expected that the Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1, as well as considering 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.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
12 November 2008
22nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

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

2. Determining and delivering Scotland’s energy future - the political landscape: The Committee will take evidence, in a round-table discussion, from—

Colin Imrie, Head of Energy Markets Division, Scottish Government;

Robin Presswood, Business and Strategy Manager, Development Services, Fife Council;

Rob Hastings, Director of Marine Estate, The Crown Estate;

Alison Kay, Commercial Director - Transmission, The National Grid;

Audrey MacIver, Head of Energy, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

Brian Nixon, Senior Director - Energy, Scottish Enterprise;

Dave Watson, Scottish Organiser (Policy), UNISONScotland;

Nicholas Gubbins, Chief Executive, Community Energy Scotland.

3. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 26 November, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on its energy inquiry.

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

Audit Committee
12 November 2008
16th 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 8 and its future consideration of a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report "A review of free personal and nursing care" in private.

2. Section 23 report: Following on from the publication of the Auditor General for Scotland’s report enititled "Review of palliative care services in Scotland", the Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the Scottish Government’s action plan on palliative care.

3. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Review of the new General Medical Services contract".

4. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Day surgery in Scotland".

5. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A performance overview of sport in Scotland".

6. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Police call management: an initial review".

7. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A financial overview of Scotland’s colleges".

8. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Review of palliative care in Scotland" following the briefing received at agenda item 2.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 26 November, it is expected that the Committee will receive further briefings on reports from the Auditor General for Scotland and consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A review of free personal and nursing care".

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
12 November 2008
27th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) from—

Councillor Kirsty West, Lead Councillor for Education, Aberdeen City Council;

Robin Gourlay, Head of Facilities Management, East Ayrshire Council;

Albert Henderson, Head of Schools, Inverclyde Council;

Lynn Mirley, Head of Business Services, Scottish Borders Council.

2. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 November, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the draft Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) from the Minister for Children and Early Years. The Committee will also consider petition PE1022 on foreign languages policy.

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

Health and Sport Committee
12 November 2008
27th 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 4 in private.

2. Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Prof Bill Stevely CBE, Chairman, NHS Ayrshire and Arran;

Dr Charles Winstanley, Chairman, and Heather Tierney-Moore, Director of Nursing, NHS Lothian;

Sandy Watson OBE, Chairman, and Peter Williamson, Director of Health Strategy, NHS Tayside;

and then from—

John McCormick, Electoral Commissioner, and Andy O’Neill, Head of Office, Scotland, Electoral Commission;

Robert Jack, Society of Local Authority Chief Executives;

William Pollock, Chair, Scotland and Northern Ireland Branch, Association of Electoral Administrators.

3. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2) (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

4. Mental health services inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry in the light of members’ recent visits to mental health services across Scotland.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 November, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from workforce representatives, COSLA, local authorities, and patient and public representatives on the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to take further evidence on the 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
12 November 2008
28th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Scheme of Assistance) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) from—

Stewart Maxwell MSP, Minister for Communities and Sport, Roger Harris, Head of Private Sector Policy Delivery, David Blair, Unit Head, Private Housing Quality Unit, and David Bookbinder, Policy Adviser, Private Housing Quality Unit, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Stewart Maxwell MSP (Minister for Communities and Sport) to move S3M-02763—

That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the draft Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Scheme of Assistance) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) be approved.

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

the Notice to Local Authorities (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/324).

4. Child poverty in Scotland Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Lindsay Isaacs, Social Policy Officer, Citizens Advice Scotland;

Jo Kirby, Advice Services Manager, The Action Group;

Mark Lyonette, Chief Executive Officer, Association of British Credit Unions.

5. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2) (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 November it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence in its child poverty in Scotland inquiry and consider a draft report on the Scottish Government’s 2009-2010 budget proposals.

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

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