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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.

Equal Opportunities Committee
17th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider mainstreaming guidance in private at a future meeting.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its approach to an inquiry into female offenders in the criminal justice system in private at a future meeting.

3. Reporter: The Committee will take evidence on the increasing levels of sexual imagery in goods aimed at children, in a round-table discussion, from

Ed Mayo, Chief Executive, Consumer Focus;

Dr Agnes Nairn, Academic writer, researcher and consultant. Professor of Marketing, EM-Lyon Business School;

Tom Narducci, Senior Consultant, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children;

Ann Henderson, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress;

Damian Carnell, Trainer/Consultant.

4. UK Equality Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the UK Government’s proposed Equality Bill from—

Vera Baird QC MP, Solicitor General, UK Parliament;

Janice Sherbsy, Director, Policy and Deputy Head, Government Equalities Office.

5. Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Justice Committee.

Justice Committee
30th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 6

1. Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

2. Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider whether to accept written evidence received in response to the call for evidence and its approach to oral evidence on the Bill at Stage 1.

3. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the possible contents of a draft Stage 1 report.

European and External Relations Committee
19th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 2

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

2. Scottish Government’s China Plan: The Committee will take evidence from—

Roy Cross, Director, British Council Scotland;

Frances Christensen, General Manager and Project Manager of China Now in Scotland, Confucius Institute for Scotland;

Professor Kay Livingston, Head of International Education, Learning and Teaching Scotland;

Professor Stephen Blackmore, Regius Keeper, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh;

Professor Tariq Durrani, Vice President and Deputy Convener of the International Committee, The Royal Society of Edinburgh;

Michelle Grimley, Business Development Executive, Scotland’s Colleges International;

Morag Arnot, Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Director of Planning and Communications, Scottish Arts Council;

Moira McKerracher, Head of International, Scottish Qualifications Authority;

Professor Dominic Houlihan, Vice-Principal (Research and Commercialisation), University of Aberdeen, and Professor Jane Duckett, Chinese and Comparative Politics, University of Glasgow and Director of Scottish Centre for Chinese Social Science Research, Universities Scotland.

3. European Commission’s Legislative and Work Programme: The Committee will consider its approach to the European Commission’s Legislative and Work Programme.

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

5. EU Budget Review inquiry: The Committee will consider a report back on a European Commission conference on the EU Budget Review.

6. EU Budget Review inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to taking oral evidence as part of the inquiry.

7. Scottish Government’s China Plan: The Committee will consider the key themes arising from the round-table evidence session.

Public Petitions Committee
18th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 12.30 pm in Berwickshire High School, Duns

1. Inquiry into the public petitions process: The Committee will take evidence as part of its inquiry into the public petitions process.

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

PE1216 Funding for enterprise education in schools

The Committee will take evidence from Tim Clancey, Ken Walker, Robin Gillie and Grant McWilliam.

PE1215 Bus services in rural areas

The Committee will take evidence from Janie Orr, Ben Black, Abbey Nevins and Garry Pearson.

PE1217 Licensing reform impact in rural areas

The Committee will take evidence from Chris Walker, Billy Hamilton and John Wallace.

PE1213 Assessment, diagnosis and appeals procedures for Autistic Spectrum Disorder

PE1214 Right of appeal process

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

PE936 Siting of oil depots

PE1012 Information plaques

PE1070 Village halls

PE1079 Education maintenance allowance

PE1083 Local museums

PE1085 Kinship carers

PE1086 and PE1091 NHS hospital car parking charges

PE1090 National proof of age card

PE1150 Support for community prisons

PE1158 Cuts in public and voluntary sector services

PE1162 National Concessionary Travel Scheme

PE1166 Amendment to the Graduate Endowment Abolition ( Scotland ) Act 2008 PE1172 Billy Liddell

4. Notification of new petitions: The Committee will consider a paper indicating new petitions lodged since the last Committee meeting.

Finance Committee
29th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Proposed contingent liability (in private): The Committee will take evidence from—

George Brechin, Chief Executive, NHS Fife;

John Matheson, Director of Health Finance, and Mike Baxter, Head of Private Finance and Capital Planning, Health Directorate, Scottish Government.

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

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

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
24th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Scottish Water Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08: The Committee will take evidence from—

Ronnie Mercer, Chairman, Douglas Millican, Finance and Regulation Director, Richard Ackroyd, Chief Executive, and Geoff Aitkenhead, Chairman, Scottish Water Solutions and Asset Management Director, Scottish Water.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
33rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response to points raised on the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

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

the Justice of the Peace Court (Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/374);

the Non-Domestic Rating (Rural Areas and Rateable Value Limits) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/370);

the Non-Domestic Rating (Rural Areas and Rateable Value Limits) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009 Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/371);

the European Communities (Service of Judicial and Extrajudicial Documents) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 200/372);

the Public Contracts and Utilities Contracts (Postal Services and Common Procurement Vocabulary Codes) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/376);

the Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2008 (SSI 2008/377);

the Sports Grounds and Sporting Events (Designation) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/379);

the Book of Scottish Connections Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/386);

the National Health Service (Travelling Expenses and Remission of Charges) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/390);

the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Rural Housing Bodies) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/391).

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

Act of Sederunt (Summary Applications, Statutory Applications and Appeals etc. Rules) Amendment (Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007) (No. 3) 2008 (SSI 2008/375)

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