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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

Public Petitions Committee
13 September 2010
13th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Arran High School, Lamlash, Arran

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

PE1352 Saltire on Edinburgh Castle

PE1354 Citizenship in secondary schools

PE1338 No night bus surcharge for seniors

PE1355 Fair public transport costs for students.

The Committee will take evidence from—

Katy Simmons and Scott Currie, Arran High School.

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

PE1179 Acquired brain injury services

PE1254 Amendment to Section 51 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005

PE1261 Regulation of houses in multiple occupation

PE1263 Human rights for dairy farmers

PE1276 Age of retirement for judicial office holders

PE1304 Safeguarding fundingof charities

PE1309 Protection of vulnerable livestock

PE1315 Illegal killing of birds of prey

PE1326 Improving compulsory purchase for derelict properties

PE1327 Helping the emergency services to save lives of at risk rural patients.

3. 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 5 October, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on CCSVI liberation treatment for Multiple Sclerosis; Inquiry into the consent of renewable energy generating sites; Supporting ‘Our Charter – Quarriers Charter for Young Homeless People’;Time for all to be heard; The use of Tasers by police forces; Investigation of deaths in suspicious circumstances.

The Committee is also expected to further consider current petitions on St Margaret of Scotland Hospice; Befriending services; Remove the general permitted development rights of port authorities; A90/A937; Physical disability: an end to ignoring national reports; Improving NHS translation and interpretation services; Safe guardian law; NHS availability of low dose Naltrexone; Access to justice; Extension of bowel cancer screening programme; Male victims of domestic abuse/violence; Investigation into the 1949 Yangtze campaign medal award system; Ban the hot branding of all equines in Scotland; Improving youth football;

Siting of windfarms too close to residential properties; Public Guardian’s responsibilities under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000; End the use of pit ponies; Parkinsons medication - get it on time, every time; Disadvantages Scottish Gypsy Travellers and members of the settled community; Public consultation on disabled services; Support for the National Cerebral Palsy/Acquired Brain Injury football squad.

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

End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill Committee
14 September 2010
5th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Dr Iain Brassington, Lecturer in Bioethics, School of Law, University of Manchester;

Professor Sheila McLean, Professor of Law and Ethics in Medicine, Centre for Applied Ethics and Legal Philosophy, University of Glasgow;

Professor Graeme Laurie, Professor of Medical Jurisprudence, School of Law, University of Edinburgh;

Professor Calum MacKellar, Professor of Research, Scottish Council on Human Bioethics;

and then from—

Mark Hazelwood, Director, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care;

Elaine Stevens, Chair, Independent Association of Nurses in Palliative Care;

Katrina McNamara-Goodger, Head of Policy and Practice, Association for Children’s Palliative Care;

Stephen Hutchison, Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine, Highland Hospice;

Dr Chris Sugden, Medical Director, St Andrew’s Hospice.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 September, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take oral evidence on the Bill.

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

Equal Opportunities Committee
14 September 2010
14th Meeting, 2010

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 5 in private.

2. Inquiry into migration and trafficking: The Committee will take evidence from—

DS Sandra Jamieson, Human Trafficking Coordination Unit, Scottish Intelligence and Coordination Unit, Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency;

Liam Vernon, Chief Executive, United Kingdom Human Trafficking Centre.

3. Post-legislative scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Government to its post-legislative scrutiny of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 report.

4. Budget Strategy Phase Report: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Government to its Budget Strategy Phase report.

5. Independent Budget Review: The Committee will consider its approach.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 September, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on its migration and trafficking inquiry.

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

Justice Committee
14 September 2010
24th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 3 and 4 in private and also whether its consideration of its work programme should be taken in private at its next meeting.

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

Lord Drummond Young, Chairman, and Laura Dunlop QC, Commissioner, Scottish Law Commission;

and then from—

Robert Milligan QC, Faculty of Advocates.

3. European Commission Work Programme: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the oral evidence heard at its previous meeting, decide what action it wishes to take and in particular whether there is further work it wishes the Parliament’s European Officer to undertake.

4. Criminal Sentencing (Equity Fines) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a response from Bill Wilson MSP on the legislative competence of his Bill.

5. Budget process 2011-12 – appointment of adviser (in private): The Committee will consider a list of candidates for the post of adviser for its scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s draft budget 2011-12.

6. Damages (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the oral evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 September, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the Damages (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 from the Forum of Insurance Lawyers, the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Simpson and Marwick Solicitors and Thompsons Scotland Solicitors.

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

Finance Committee
14 September 2010
19th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Independent Budget Review Group: The Committee will take evidence from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Dr Andrew Goudie, Chief Economic Adviser and Director General Economy, and Alyson Stafford, Acting Director General Finance, Scottish Government.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 September, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on its inquiry into preventative spending.

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
14 September 2010
19th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

2. Water Industry Comission for Scotland’s Annual Report 2009-10: The Committee will take evidence from—

Alan Sutherland, Chief Executive, and Madapu Nhlapo, Analyst, Water Industry Commission for Scotland.

3. Scottish Water’s Annual Report 2009-10 The Committee will take evidence from—

Ronnie Mercer, Chairman, Richard Ackroyd, Chief Executive, and Douglas Millican, Finance and Regulation Director, Scottish Water.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 September, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on issues relating to its remit.

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
14 September 2010
9th Meeting, 2010

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 items 3 and 4 in private.

2. Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence on the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland’s draft Revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland and then on the Commissioner’s report CPA/2010/04 from—

Karen Carlton, Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland.

3. Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland: The Committee will consider evidence taken from the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland on the draft Revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies.

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

5. Commission on Scottish Devolution (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

6. Financial Resolutions and Financial Memoranda (in private): The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 September, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on the recommendations of the Commission on Scottish Devolution and a draft report on the draft Revised Code of Practice for Ministerial Appontments to Public Bodies.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
14 September 2010
24th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Draft instruments subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—

the Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 2010 (SI 2010/draft).

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

the Knife Dealer’s Licence (Miscellaneous) (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI2010/311);

the Pharmacy Order 2010 (Appeals - Transitional Provisions) Order of Council 2010 (SI 2010/2150);

the Criminal Legal Assistance (Fees) (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/312);

the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Act 2010 (Transitional and Savings Provisions) Order 2010 (SSI2010/316).

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

the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Act 2010 (Commencement) Order 2010 (SSI2010/314).

4. Housing (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.

5. Children’s Hearings (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.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 September, it is expected that the Committee will consider Scottish statutory instruments.

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

Health and Sport Committee
14 September 2010
24th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.30 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument: the Rice Products from the United States of America (Restriction on First Placing on the Market) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2010 (SSI/2010/248).

2. Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 2 from—

Professor Anne Ludbrook, Professor of Health Economics, Institute of Applied Health Sciences, University of Aberdeen.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 15 September, the Committee will take further oral evidence on the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill. The Committee also expects to commence the disposal of Stage 2 amendments to the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill.

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

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