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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.

Justice Committee
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.

Finance Committee
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.

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
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.

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