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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
10 February 2009
2nd Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private.

2. Female offenders in the criminal justice system inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Brian Cole, Head of Branch 1, and Sharon Grant, Head of Branch 2, Community Justice Services Division, Scottish Government;

Mike Ewart, Chief Executive, Scottish Prison Service.

3. Visit to the Northern Ireland Assembly: The Committee will consider an approach paper.

4. Sexual imagery in goods aimed at children: The Committee will consider a paper on commissioning research.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 February, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from Audit Scotland and COSLA on equal pay and assess the Scottish Government’s Scots Language audit.

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

Justice Committee
10 February 2009
5th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence sessions, in order to inform the drafting of its report.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its work programme and an approach paper for the anticipated Criminal Justice and Licencing (Scotland) Bill in private at future meetings.

3. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 7 and any future consideration of draft reports in relation to the legislative consent memorandums lodged by Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice (LCM(S3) 15.1, LCM(S3) 16.1 and LCM(S3) 17.1) in private.

Not before 11:30 AM

4. Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will take evidence on legislative consent memorandum LCM(S3) 15.1 from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Elizabeth Sadler, Head of Organised Crime Unit, Police Division, Scottish Government.

5. Coroners and Justice Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will take evidence on legislative consent memorandum LCM(S3) 16.1 from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Gerard Bonnar, Head of Summary Justice Reform Branch, Criminal Procedure Division, Ben Plouviez, Head of Information Services, Information Services and Information Systems Division, and Andrew McConnell, Policy Advisor, Enterprise and Industry Division, Scottish Government.

6. Policing and Crime Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will take evidence on legislative consent memorandum LCM(S3) 17.1 from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Gerard Bonnar, Head of Summary Justice Reform Branch, Criminal Procedure Division, Elizabeth Sadler, Head of Organised Crime Unit, Police Division, and Anna Ross, Policy Manager, Police Division, Scottish Government.

7. UK Parliament legislation: The Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandums lodged by Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice (LCM(S3) 15.1, LCM(S3) 16.1 and LCM(S3) 17.1).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider its draft report 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.

Finance Committee
10 February 2009
4th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill from—

Dave Gorman, Head of Environmental Strategy, Scottish Environment Protection Agency;

and then from—

Susan Love, Scottish Policy Manager, Federation of Small Businesses;

and then from—

Jonathan Dennis, Economic Adviser, Environment, David Henderson-Howat, Policy Adviser, Forestry Commission Scotland, Colin Imrie, Deputy Director, Energy Markets, Alec Millar, Principal, Non-Domestic Energy, Building Standards, Fiona Page, Bill Team Leader, Climate Change, Kevin Philpott, Senior Policy Officer, Waste Regulation, and Philip Wright, Deputy Director, Climate Change, Scottish Government.

2. Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill.

3. Arbitration (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Arbitration (Scotland) Bill.

4. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill at a future meeting should be taken in private.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Spring Budget Revision.

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

Public Petitions Committee
10 February 2009
3rd Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

PE1150 Support for community prisons

The Committee will hear evidence on the issues raised in the petition from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice; and

Tom Fox, Scottish Government

PE909 Traffic regulation orders and disabled parking bays

PE1007 Traffic regulation orders and disabled parking bays

PE1149 Disabled car parking spaces

PE986 Protection from broken glass

PE1145 Deposit and return scheme on beverage containers

PE1036 Employment opportunities for disabled people

PE1052 Promoting the services of independent midwives

PE1057 Research funding into endometriosis

PE1061 Access rights under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003

PE1067 Upgrading A76

PE1071 Specialist visiting teachers

PE1073 Catholics in Scotland ‘s prisons

PE1085 Kinship carers

PE1095 Protection from windfarm developments

PE1098 Mandatory fitting of seat belts on school buses

PE1130 School closures

PE1132 School closures

PE1135 Review of guidelines to allow healthy gay and bisexual men to donate blood

PE1204 Support and promotion of bone marrow services

PE1144 dotSCO

PE1147 Review of fire service boards

PE1193 Provision of specialist schoolteachers

PE1197 Access to legal representation

PE1198 Role of health visitors

PE1199 Role of health visitors

PE1200 Role of health visitors

PE1202 Permitted development rights of port authorities

PE1203 Review of ferry services and Road Equivalent Tariff

PE1206 Equal access to public transport operators

PE1208 Discharge of a Repairing Standard Enforcement Order

PE1209 Robert the Bruce’s Castle Gardens

PE1211 Highland delivery charges

PE1214 Right of appeal process

PE1215 Bus services in rural areas

PE1216 Funding for enterprise education in schools

PE1217 Licensing reform impact in rural area

2. 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 3 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on Saint Andrews Medal; assessment of children for specific learning difficulty; Great Britain football team; Scottish class action procedure; and appointment of teachers in denominational schools. It is also expected that the Committee will further consider current petitions on young offenders; criminal memoirs; Stirling before pylons; NPPG19 and pre-school children; Airgun ban; harmful exposure to hazardous toxins; St Margaret of Scotland ; Hospice; A82; healthcare for gulf war veterans; Befriending services; display of sexually graphic magazines and newspapers; grade separation at Sheriffhall roundabout; support for talented athletes; GP dispensing; and BBC ALBA

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
10 February 2009
6th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

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

Chris Austin, Head of Public Affairs, Association of Train Operating Companies;

Marjory Rodger, Director of Government Relations in Scotland, Confederation of Passenger Transport UK;

Derek Halden, Director, DH Consultancy;

and then from—

Gordon Dewar, Managing Director, Edinburgh Airport, BAA Scotland;

Robert Ashdown, Head of Technical Division, Chamber of Shipping;

Gordon Wilmsmeier, Senior Research Fellow, Transport Research Institute, Napier University;

Dr Alice Bows, Core Researcher, Tyndall Centre Manchester;

and then from—

Paul Tetlaw, Chair, Transform Scotland;

Jeff Gazzard, Coordinator, GreenSkies Campaign;

John Lauder, National Director for Scotland, Sustrans.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 February, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill.

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
10 February 2009
3rd Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

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

2. Code of Conduct for MSPs – Reimbursement of Members’ Expenses Scheme (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

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

4. Review of Section 2 of the Code of Conduct: The Committee will consider its approach to its review of section 2 of the Code of Conduct.

5. Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report and draft rule changes.

6. Review of equalities in the work of committees (in private): The Committee will consider draft rule changes.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 March, it is expected that the Committee will give further consideration to the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
10 February 2009
6th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Marine and Coastal Access Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Marine and Coastal Access Bill (UK Parliament legislation).

2. Coroners and Justice Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Coroners and Justice Bill (UK Parliament legislation).

3. Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Borders, Immigration and Citizenship Bill (UK Parliament legislation).

4. Instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—

the Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2009;

the Local Government Finance Act 1992 (Scotland) Order 2009;

the Budget (Scotland) Acts 2007 and 2008 Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2009/draft);

the Victim Statements (Prescribed Courts) ( Scotland ) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/draft).

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

the National Health Service (Superannuation Scheme, Pension Scheme and Injury Benefits) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/19).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 February, 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.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
11 February 2009
5th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Determining and delivering Scotland’s energy future (in private): The Committee will agree lines of questioning.

Not before 10:00 AM

2. Determining and delivering Scotland’s energy future: The Committee will take evidence on the issues of transmission charging and energy infrastructure from—

Alex MacKinnon, Regulation and Trading Arrangements Manager, ScottishPower (Energy Wholesale);

Jason Ormiston, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables;

Alison Kay, Commercial Director - Transmission, The National Grid;

Paul A Neilson, Transmission Development Manager, Scottish and Souther Energy’s Power Distribution Business;

Audrey MacIver, Head of Energy, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

and then from—

Steve Smith, Managing Director of Networks, Ofgem.

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

The Scottish Register of Tartans Fees Order 2009 (SSI 2009/6)

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 February, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take oral evidence from various organisations on its energy inquiry.

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
11 February 2009
5th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education reports: The Committee will take evidence on the Improving Scottish Education 2005-2008 report, and Annual Report 2007-08 from—

Graham Donaldson, HM Senior Chief Inspector, Wray Bodys, HM Chief Inspector, Annette Bruton, HM Chief Inspector, Chris McIlroy, HM Chief Inspector, and Stuart Robinson, Corporate Services Director, HMIE.

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

the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Transitory Provisions in Consequence of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/4).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 February, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Scottish Government on offender learning.

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

Health and Sport Committee
11 February 2009
5th Meeting, 2009

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. Forthcoming legislation: The Committee will consider its approach to forthcoming legislation on tobacco control and general medical services.

3. Cross-border healthcare: The Committee will consider its approach to a proposed EU directive on cross-border healthcare.

4. Mental health services inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 February, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from sports governing bodies and others on pathways into sport.

The Committee will continue to 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
11 February 2009
5th Meeting, 2009

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. Homelessness: The Committee will take oral evidence from—

Gavin Corbett, Policy Manager, Shelter;

Andy Young, Policy and Strategy Manager, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations;

Robert Aldridge, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Single Homeless;

and then from—

Cathy King, Head of Housing and Regeneration Services, City of Edinburgh Council;

John Kerr, Strategy Officer, and Janice Lockhart, Section Head of Homelessness Services, West Dunbartonshire Council;

David Kemp, Homelessness Services Manager, Scottish Borders Council.

3. Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Annual Report: The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor Alice Brown, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, Eric Drake, Director of Investigations, and David Robb, Director of Policy and Development, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.

4. Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill: The Committee will consider a potential approach to the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill.

5. National Planning Framework 2 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

It is expected that the Committee will next meet on 25 February.

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
11 February 2009
5th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

the Feeding Stuffs (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/21).

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

Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive, Confederation of Forest Industries;

Allan Mackenzie, Representative of Forestry Commission Trade Unions;

Dr Calum Macdonald, Forestry Commissioner and Chairman of the National Committee for Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland;

Lisa Duggan, Landscapes Manager, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority;

Angus Yarwood, Convener of the Woodland Task Force, Scottish Environment LINK;

Janice Cassidy, Policy Officer, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association;

Gavin Ellis, Director, Scottish Tourism Forum;

and then from—

Michael Russell MSP, Minister for Environment, Anne Cairns, Solicitor, Rural Affairs Division, David Henderson-Howat, Policy Adviser, Forestry Commission Scotland, and Bob McIntosh, Director, Forestry Commission Scotland, Scottish Government.

3. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill, a draft report on the Legislative Consent Memorandum on the UK Marine Bill, and a draft report on the 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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