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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
25 November 2008
29th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private. The Committee will also decide whether to take future consideration of draft reports on the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill in private. Finally, the Committee will decide whether to take consideration of written evidence submitted in response to the call for evidence and its approach to oral evidence on the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill in private at its next meeting.

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

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

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

Elish Angiolini QC, Lord Advocate;

Fiona Holligan, Principal Procurator Fiscal Depute, and Andrew McIntyre, Head of Victim Policy, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service;

and then from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Gery McLaughlin, Sexual Offences Bill Team Leader, Patrick Down, Sexual Offences Bill Team, and Caroline Lyon, Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

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

5. 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 2 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to continue to consider 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.

Finance Committee
25 November 2008
28th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on the 2009-10 budget process at this meeting and future meetings should be taken in private and whether its consideration of a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill should be taken in private at a future meeting. The Committee will also decide whether its consideration of a proposed contingent liability should be taken in private at its next meeting.

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

Bob Irvine, Head of Water, Air, Soils & Flooding and Water Industry Divisions, David Reid, Head of Finance Programme Management Division, and Judith Tracey, Head of Flooding Policy Team, Scottish Government.

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

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 2 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider a revised draft of its report 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.

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
25 November 2008
23rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

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

Richard Eccles, Head of Route Planning, and Nigel Wunsch, Principal Route Planner, Network Rail;

Michael Beswick, Executive Director, Office of Rail Regulation;

and then from—

Arthur Leathley, Director of Communications, Virgin Trains;

Jerry Farquharson, Head of Long Term Planning, First Group;

Susan Goldsmith, Deputy Managing Director, National Express East Coast;

Jim Morgan, Chairman, Rail Planning Forum, Association of Train Operating Companies.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 2 December, the Committee expects to take evidence from Scottish Water on the annual accounts 2007/08. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
26 November 2008
23rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Determining and delivering Scotland’s energy future - scenario planning: The Committee will take evidence, in a round-table discussion, from—

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

Professor Jim McDonald, Principal Designate, University of Strathclyde;

Andrew Haslett, Director - Strategy Development, Energy Technologies Institute;

Dr Richard Dixon, Director, WWF Scotland;

Maf Smith, Director, Sustainable Development Commission Scotland.

2. Convener’s note on visit to Dundee The Convener will update the Committee on his recent visit to Dundee to meet with various computer gaming companies and with representatives of the University of Abertay.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 10 December, the Committee will continue to take oral evidence in relation to its energy inquiry. It is expected that that the committee will hear from representatives from the Council of Economic Advisers.

Audit Committee
26 November 2008
17th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

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

2. Section 23 report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Review of NHS diagnostic services".

3. Section 22 report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "the 2007/2008 audit of Highlands and Islands Enterprise".

4. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A review of major capital projects".

5. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Review of NHS diagnostic services".

6. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "the 2007/2008 audit of Highlands and Islands Enterprise".

7. Section 23 report (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A review of free personal and nursing care".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 10 December, it is expected that the Committee will receive further briefings from the Auditor General for Scotland and consider a response from the Accountable Officer in relation to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report on the 2007-08 audit of NHS Western Isles. The Committee will also consider a draft report on the joint Auditor General for Scotland and Accounts Commission report entitled "Police call managemet: an initial review".

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

Health and Sport Committee
26 November 2008
29th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 3 and 4 in private.

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

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Kenneth Hogg, Deputy Director, Health Delivery, Robert Kirkwood, Policy Officer, and Kathleen Preston, Solicitor, Scottish Government.

3. Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider options for a draft Stage 1 report.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 10 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill, its approach to its pathways into sport inquiry and petitions on supervision of prescribed methadone consumption and provision of sports facilities.

The Committee expects to further consider its draft report on the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill and take evidence on 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
26 November 2008
30th 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. Child poverty in Scotland inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor Sarah Cunningham-Burley, Director, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships;

Jim McCormick, Scottish Advisor, Joseph Rowntree Foundation;

Professor Paul Spicker, Director, Centre for Public Policy and Management.

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

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

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).

4. National Planning Framework 2: The Committee will consider its approach.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 December, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on its fuel poverty in Scotland inquiry and consider 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
26 November 2008
22nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

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

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

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

Hugh Clayden, Sustainable Forest Management Policy Adviser, Forestry Commission Scotland;

Mike Donaghy, Scottish Environment LINK;

John Thomson, Director of Strategy and Communications, Scottish Natural Heritage;

and then from—

Nigel Miller, Vice President, National Farmers’ Union Scotland;

Dr Karen Smyth, Rural Development Manager, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association;

Gareth Williams, Policy Manager North, Scottish Council for Development and Industry.

3. Ticks and tick-borne diseases: John Scott MSP will report back to the Committee on a Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases meeting he attended on 7 November 2008.

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

5. Crown Estate: The Committee will consider correspondence received from the Crown Estate Commissioners.

6. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 10 December, the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill. The Committee will also consider a draft report on rural housing.

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

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