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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

Review of SPCB Supported Bodies Committee
9 December 2008
2nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 3 and 4 in private. The Committee will also decide whether to consider in private at future meetings the main themes arising in evidence.

2. Review of SPCB Supported Bodies: The Committee will take evidence from—

Tom McCabe MSP, Member of the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, Paul Grice, Clerk and Chief Executive, and Ian Leitch, Director of Resources and Governance, Scottish Parliament;

Not before 11.30 am.

and then from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, and Lorna Gibbs, Head of Scrutiny Improvement Team, Scottish Government.

3. Review of SPCB Supported Bodies: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence session.

4. Review of SPCB Supported Bodies: The Committee will consider its work programme.

Proposed future business

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

Finance Committee
9 December 2008
30th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 1

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

Not before 2.00 pm.

2. Public sector pay: The Committee will take evidence from—

Alistair Brown, Deputy Director of Finance, and Lesley Doherty, Assistant Head of Pay Policy, Scottish Government;

and then from—

Jim Caldwell, Scottish Secretary, FDA;

Malcolm Currie, Negotiations Officer, Prospect;

Eddie Reilly, Scottish Secretary, PCS;

and then from—

Jimmy Farrelly, Regional Organiser, Unite;

Alex McLuckie, Senior Organiser for Public Services, GMB;

Dave Watson, Scottish Organiser, Policy, UNISON.

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

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

4. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill.

Proposed future business

The Committee does not plan to meet until January 2009.

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
9 December 2008
20th 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 5 in private.

2. Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner: The Committee will take evidence from Dr Jim Dyer, Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, on his Annual Report.

3. Members’ Bills - cut-off date for introduction (in private): The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

4. Review of Volume 2, Section 6 of the Code of Conduct (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

5. Guidance on Registrable Interests Inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13 January 2009, it is expected that the Committee will consider written evidence on the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill; its approach to its review of section 7 of the Code of Conduct and its annual update on Cross-Party Groups.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
9 December 2008
34th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 6

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

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

the Zoonoses and Animal By-Products (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/378);

the Police Pensions (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/387);

the Edinburgh Napier University Order of Council 2008 (SSI 2008/388);

the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/389);

the Insolvency (Scotland) Rules 1986 Amendment Rules 2008 (SSI 2008/393);

the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (Practice and Procedure) (No. 2) Amendment Rules 2008 (SSI 2008/396);

the Building (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/397).

3. Liaison with Scottish Government on Draft Instruments: The Committee will consider a paper from the clerk and legal advisers on liaison with the Scottish Government on draft instruments.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 16 December, 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.

Audit Committee
10 December 2008
18th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 5, 6, 7 and 8 in private.

2. Section 23 report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "the First Scotrail passenger rail franchise".

3. Section 23 report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Financial overview of the NHS in Scotland 2007/08".

4. Section 22 report: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "the 2007/08 audit of NHS Western Isles".

5. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "the First Scotrail passenger rail franchise".

6. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Financial overview of the NHS in Scotland 2007/08".

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

8. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Review of palliative care services in Scotland".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 17 December, it is expected that the Committee will receive further briefings from the Auditor General for Scotland and consider further draft reports.

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

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
10 December 2008
24th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

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

Keith MacLean, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Scottish and Southern Energy;

Frank Mitchell, Generation Director, Scottish Power;

Duncan McLaren, Chief Executive, Friends of the Earth Scotland;

Jason Ormiston, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables;

Mike Thornton, Director, Scotland, Energy Saving Trust;

John Stocks, Manager for Scotland, The Carbon Trust;

Robert Armour, Company Secretary and General Counsel, British Energy.

2. Determining and delivering Scotland’s energy future Inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to the second phase of the inquiry.

3. Update on the work of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisers: The Committee will take evidence from—

Sir George Mathewson, Chair, Professor John Kay, and Jim McColl, Members of the Council of Economic Advisers.

4. National Planning Framework 2: The Committee will consider its approach to the consideration of the National Planning Framework.

5. Update on the work of select committees in the House of Commons on the credit crisis and on banking reform: The Committee will be provided with an update on the work of the the relevant select committees in the House of Commons.

Proposed future business

The Committee does not plan to meet until January 2009.

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
10 December 2008
30th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Jessica M Burns, President, and Lesley Maguire, Secretary, Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland.

2. Report of the Teacher Employment Working Group: The Committee will take evidence from—

Joe Di Paola, Head of Employers Organisation at COSLA, Chair of the Teacher Employment Working Group;

Ginny Thorburn, ADES, Member of the Teacher Employment Working Group.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 17 December, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill. The Committee will also take evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on the report of the Teacher Employment Working Group.

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

Health and Sport Committee
10 December 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 5 in private.

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

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

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

3. Petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions—

PE789 by Eric Brown, on the supervision of prescribed methadone consumption;

PE1205 by Chris Gallacher, on the provision of local, regional and national sports facilities.

4. Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

5. Pathways into sport inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to oral evidence as part of phase 2 of the inquiry.

Proposed future business

The Committee expects to take evidence on its pathways into sport inquiry at future 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
10 December 2008
32nd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Review of SPCB supported bodies: The Committee will consider a call for evidence.

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

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

the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/389);

the Building (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/397).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 17 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2; take oral evidence on the National Planning Framework 2, subject to its publication, and review an updated work programme.

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
10 December 2008
23rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

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

Geoff Aitkenhead, Asset Management Director, and Jim Conlin, Regulation Manager, Scottish Water;

and then from—

Paul Frankland, Civil Engineering Design Manager, Scottish Borders Council;

Jim Moodie, Lead Officer, Harbours Flood and Coast, Transportation Services, Fife Council;

Gordon Watson, Director of Planning, Loch Lomond and The Trossachs National Park Authority;

and then from—

Justin Jacobs, Assistant Director of Property, Liability and Motor, and Arthur Philp, Policy Adviser on Floods, Association of British Insurers.

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

3. Rural housing inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 17 December, the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill and consider a draft report on its rural housing inquiry.

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

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