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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
18 November 2008
16th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. 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 arising from the evidence session on the increasing levels of sexual imagery in goods aimed at children.

2. Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1, in a roundtable discussion, from—

Dr Gordon Macdonald, Parliamentary Officer, CARE for Scotland;

Euan Page, Parliamentary and Government Affairs Manager, Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC);

Alistair Stevenson, Public Policy Officer, the Evangelical Alliance Scotland;

Nick Waugh, Policy Officer, Help the Aged in Scotland;

Alan Cowan, LBGT Committee Member, UNISON Scotland.

3. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 2 December, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the increasing levels of sexual imagery aimed at children and on the UK Equality Bill. The Committee also expects to consider its draft report to the Justice Committee on the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill.

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

Justice Committee
18 November 2008
28th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 6

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

Temporary Deputy Chief Constable Bill Skelly, Family Protection Portfolio, Temporary Detective Chief Superintendent Malcolm Graham, and Detective Chief Inspector Louise Raphael, ACPOS;

and then from—

Professor Pamela Ferguson, School of Law, University of Dundee;

James Chalmers, School of Law, University of Edinburgh;

Professor Michele Burman, The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research, University of Glasgow;

and then from—

Professor Gerry Maher QC, Former Commissioner, Scottish Law Commission;

and then from—

Bill McVicar, Convener of the Criminal Law Committee, and Alan McCreadie, Secretary to the Criminal Law Committee, Law Society of Scotland;

Ian Duguid QC, and Ronnie Renucci QC, Faculty of Advocates.

Not before 1:00 PM

2. Subordinate legislation: Robert Brown to move S3M-2869—

That the Justice Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Justice of the Peace Court (Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/328).

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 November, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill. The Committee expects to continue consideration of 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.

European and External Relations Committee
18 November 2008
18th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: Keith Brown MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

3. Special Edition of the Brussels Bulletin: The Committee will consider a special edition of the Brussels Bulletin.

4. Brussels Bulletin: The Committee will consider the latest issue of the Brussels Bulletin.

5. Handling EU obligations in Scotland: The Committee will consider draft guidance from the Scottish Government.

6. EU Budget Review inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to the oral evidence sessions for this inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 2 December, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on its China Plan inquiry.

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

Review of SPCB Supported Bodies Committee
18 November 2008
1st Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 12.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: Members of the Committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

3. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose its Deputy Convener.

4. Review of SPCB Supported Bodies - 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.

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

6. Review of SPCB Supported Bodies The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

Proposed future business

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

Finance Committee
18 November 2008
27th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2008 Amendment Order 2008 from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, John Williams, Head of Finance Co-ordination, and Stuart Dickson, Finance Co-ordination, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: John Swinney MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth) to move S3M-2764—

That the Finance Committee recommends that the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2008 Amendment Order 2008 be approved.

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

Tom McCabe MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, Paul Grice, Clerk and Chief Executive, and Derek Croll, Head of Financial Resources, Scottish Parliament.

4. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill from—

Jim Conlin, Regulation Manager, Scottish Water;

David Faichney, Flood Warning Unit Manager, and Chris Spray, Director of Environmental Science, Scottish Environment Protection Agency;

Jeff Green, Head of Roads, Angus Council;

Robert Hopewell, Supervisory Engineer (Flooding and Structural Design), North Ayrshire Council.

5. Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill.

6. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.

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

8. Review of the Budget Process (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 November, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill.

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

Public Petitions Committee
18 November 2008
17th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Consideration of new petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions—

PE1198, PE1199 and PE1200 Role of health visitors

The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Anne Mullin, Dr Phil Wilson, Dr Georgina L Brown, Dr Colin Brown, Dr Peter Cawston and Dr Kate Pickering

PE1197 Access to legal representation

PE1204 Support and promotion of bone marrow services

PE1210 Beneficiary under Succession law

PE1211 Highland delivery charges

2. Consideration of current petitions: The Committee will consider the following current petitions—

PE1047 and PE1081 Marine environment and air space

PE1067 Upgrading A76

PE1071 Specialist visiting teachers

PE1073 Catholics in Scotland’s prisons

PE1095 Protection from windfarm developments

PE1100 Provision of motorcycle facilities

PE1108 Provision of the Cetuximab drug across NHS Boards

PE1113 Residential and abstinence treatment

PE1141 Destruction of medical records

PE1147 Review of fire service boards

PE1149 Disabled car parking spaces

PE1151 Review of screening for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and heart conditions

PE1152 CCTV provision

PE1156 Best interests of children

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 2 December, the Committee will meet in The Berwickshire High School, Duns. The Committee will continue to take evidence on its inquiry into the public petitions process. It is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on assessment, diagnosis and appeals procedures for Autistic Spectrum Disorder; right of appeal process, licensing reform impact in rural areas and funding for enterprise education in schools. The Committee is also expected to further consider current petitions on the siting of oil depots; information plaques; village halls; education maintenance allowance; local museums; kinship carers; hospital car parking charges; electricity transmission lines; national proof of age card; witness notification; support for community prisons; cuts in public and voluntary sector services; National Concessionary Travel Scheme; amendment to the Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Act 2008 and Billy Liddell.

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
18 November 2008
22nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

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

Councillor Barbara Reid, Cabinet Member for Environment, London Borough of Hounslow, and Colin Elliff, High Speed Rail Consultant, 2M Group;

Graham Bell, Chairman, High Speed 2 Scotland;

Julie Mills, Director, Greengauge 21;

and then from—

Colin Howden, Director, and Paul Tetlaw, Chair, Transform Scotland;

and then from—

Professor Roderick Smith, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London;

Michael Hayes, Business Manager, Rail Planning, Atkins;

Professor Roger Kemp, Engineering Department, Lancaster University.

2. 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 25 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.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
18 November 2008
19th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Declaration of interests: Aileen Campbell MSP, Nanette Milne MSP and Gil Paterson MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

3. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 5 in private.

4. Guidance on Private Bills: The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk and draft guidance on Private Bills.

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

6. Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to an inquiry into any Standing Orders rule changes arising from the Bill.

7. Review of Volume 2, Section 8 of the Code of Conduct (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

8. Inquiry into points of order (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 9 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner on his annual report 2007-08; a draft report on its review of section 6 of the Code of Conduct and its work programme.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
18 November 2008
32nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Declaration of interests: Bob Doris MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

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

the Plant Health (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/350);

the Business Improvement Districts (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/359);

the Valuation for Rating (Plant and Machinery) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/360);

the Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of Tayside, Central and Fife) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/363);

the Sheep and Goats (Identification and Traceability) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/368).

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

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No. 5) (Miscellaneous) 2008 (SSI 2008/349);

Act of Sederunt (Transfer of Judicial Review Applications from the Court of Session) 2008 (SSI 2008/357);

the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No. 6) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/362);

the Pigs (Records, Identification and Movement) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/369).

5. Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 November, it is expected that the Committee will 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
19 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 Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) from—

Adam Ingram MSP, Minister for Children and Early Years, Mike Gibson, Deputy Director, Support for Learning Division, David Cowan, Policy Manager, Support for Learning Division, and Jackie Horne, Senior Research Officer, Education Analytical Services Division, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Adam Ingram MSP (Minister for Children and Early Years) to move S3M-2765—

That the Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2008 be approved.

3. PE1022: The Committee will consider PE1022 by Dr Murray Hill calling on the Scottish Parliament to debate the urgent need to make a step-change in strategy and vigorously promote foreign language learning and intercultural awareness in Scotland’s schools, colleges and universities.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 December, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on draft subordinate legislation and from Scottish Government officials on the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill.

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

Health and Sport Committee
19 November 2008
28th 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 3 in private.

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

Dr Dean Marshall, Chair of Scottish General Practitioners Committee, British Medical Association;

Rachel Cackett, Policy Advisor, Royal College of Nursing Scotland;

Dave Watson, Scottish Organiser, Policy, UNISON;

and then from—

Cllr. Ronnie McColl, Spokesman for Health and Wellbeing, and Ron Culley, Policy Manager, COSLA;

Harry Stevenson, Executive Director of Social Work Resources, South Lanarkshire Council;

Graham Hope, Director of Customer and Support Services, West Lothian Council;

and then from—

Douglas Sinclair, Chair, and Liz MacDonald, Senior Policy Advocate, Consumer Focus Scotland;

Pat McGuigan, Director, and Bill Scott, Policy Officer, Inclusion Scotland;

Phil McAndrew, Information Officer, Voluntary Health Scotland.

3. Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will review the evidence taken so far.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 26 November, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing on the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill and consider its approach on its mental health services inquiry. The Committee will consider a draft report on the Health Boards (Mebership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill and its approach on phase two of its pathways into sport inquiry 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
19 November 2008
29th 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 3 in private.

2. Child poverty in Scotland inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Rhona Cunningham, Manager, Fife Gingerbread;

Shona Honeyman, Development Officer, Working for Families Glasgow;

Laurie Russell, Chief Executive, The Wise Group.

3. Child poverty in Scotland inquiry - witness expenses: The Committee will consider a claim under the witness expenses scheme.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 26 November, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence in its child poverty in Scotland inquiry and consider items of subordinate legislation.

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
19 November 2008
21st Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of its work programme at its next meeting should be taken in private. The Committee will also decide whether its consideration of draft reports on its rural housing inquiry should be taken in private at its next meeting and at future meetings.

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

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/342).

3. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Nick Evans, Principle Planner on Sustainable Development, Climate Change and Renewable Energy, Stuart Greig, Senior Flooding Policy Officer, Lindsey Henderson, Principal Legal Officer, Legal Directorate, Bob Irvine, Deputy Director of Water, Air, Soils and Flooding Division, Louise Miller, Head of Branch 2 Food and Environment, Legal Directorate, Fiona Quinn, Flooding Bill Manager, and Judith Tracey, Flooding Policy Team Leader, Scottish Government.

4. Petition PE1207: The Committee will consider a petition by Gordon Sinclair calling for a review of Scottish planning policy to prevent developments being built on areas designated as being at a high risk of flooding.

5. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting. The Committee will also consider possible witnesses.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 26 November, the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill. The Committee will also consider its work programme.

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
19 November 2008
9th Meeting, 2008

The Commission will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2009-10 (in private): The Commission will consider a draft report on Audit Scotland’s budget proposal for 2009-10.

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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