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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

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
9 February 2011
5th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 5

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

2. Project TransmiT - Ofgem’s review of transmission charges and associated issues: The Committee will take evidence from—

Stuart Cook, Senior Partner, Smarter Grids and Governance, and Charles Gallacher, Director, External Relations, Scotland and Wales, Ofgem.

3. UK Energy Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider a draft report on the legislative consent memorandum lodged by Nicola Sturgeon MSP (LCM(S3) 31.1).

4. A fundamental review of the purpose of an enterprise agency and the success of the recent reforms (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 23 February, the Committee will consider a draft report on its enterprise energy network inquiry.

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

Local Government and Communities Committee
9 February 2011
5th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 4

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) (No. 2) Order 2011 and the draft Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002 Amendment Order 2011 from—

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Minister for Culture and External Affairs, Sandy Robinson, Principal Architect, Jim Mitchell, Senior Architect, and Emma Thomson, Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Fiona Hyslop MSP (Minister for Culture and External Affairs) to move S3M-7865—

That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) (No.2) Order 2011 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: Fiona Hyslop MSP (Minister for Culture and External Affairs) to move S3M-7866—

That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002 Amendment Order 2011 be approved.

4. Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Campbell Christie, Chair, Alex Linkston CBE, Member, Kaliani Lyle, Member, Eddie Reilly, Member, Councillor Pat Watters CBE, Member, and Dr Ruth Wishart, Member, Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services.

5. Petitions: The Committee will consider the following petitions calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to commission an independent review of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman to make it more accountable for its performance, including the extent to which its investigations are fair and robust, and to widen its remit so that it can enforce recommendations it makes following investigations into the actions of public bodies—

PE1342 Petition by Phyllis and Robert French

PE1343 Petition by Sandra Smith

PE1344 Petition by Philip Hawthorne

PE1345 Petition by James Smith

PE1346 Petition by William Whiteside

PE1347 Petition by Christina Cumming

PE1348 Petition by Mr and Mrs Corbett

PE1349 Petition by Iris Innes

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 23 February, the Committee will consider the Private Rented Housing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

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

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
9 February 2011
5th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Broadcasting in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

Blair Jenkins, Chair, Scottish Digital Network Panel.

2. The future of schools management in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

David Cameron, Chair, Review of Devolved School Management.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 23 February, the Committee expects to consider oral evidence from STV on issues relating to broadcasting in Scotland and from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning relating to the future of schools management in Scotland.

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

Public Audit Committee
9 February 2011
4th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 in private and whether to consider its legacy paper and annual report in private at future meetings.

2. Section 23 report - Edinburgh trams: Interim report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Edinburgh trams: Interim report".

3. Consideration of approach - Edinburgh trams: Interim report: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Edinburgh trams: Interim report".

4. Section 23 report - Getting it right for children in residential care (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Getting it right for children in residential care".

5. Section 23 report - National concessionary travel (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "National concessionary travel".

6. Section 23 report - The Gathering 2009 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "The Gathering 2009".

7. Section 23 report - Management of the Scottish Government’s capital investment programme (in private): The Committee will consider a draft statement on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Management of the Scottish Government’s capital investment programme".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 23 February 2011, it is expected that the Committee will consider further briefings from the Auditor General for Scotland in relation to reports he has recently published.

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
9 February 2011
4th Meeting, 2011

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 items 4, 5 and 6 in private, as well as any future consideration of evidence, and draft reports, in relation to the future of agricultural support in Scotland inquiry, and the post legislative scrutiny of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003.

2. Post legislative scrutiny of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Calum Macleod, Deputy Director, Centre for Mountain Studies, Perth College, University of the Highlands and Islands;

Dr Isobel Macphail, Researcher, University of the Highlands and Islands Centre for Remote and Rural Studies;

Derek Flyn, Croft Consultant (Crofting lawyer (retired)).

3. The future of agricultural support in Scotland: The Commitee will take evidence from—

Vicki Swales, Head of Land Use Policy, Scottish Environment Link;

Dr Tony Waterhouse, Head of Hill and Mountain Research, Scottish Agricultural College;

Jackie McCreery, Director of Policy and Parliamentary Affairs, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association;

Professor Roger Crofts, Royal Society of Edinburgh;

Patrick Krause, Chief Executive, Scottish Crofting Federation;

Scott Walker, Policy Director, National Farmers Union Scotland;

Peter Cook, Independent Agricultural Economist, 2 Mennie Cooks Ltd;

Stuart Ashworth, Head of Economic Services, Quality Meat Scotland.

4. EU legislative proposal: The Committee will consider the following EU legislative proposal which may raise questions in relation to subsidiarity—

Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing a common organisation of agricultural markets and on specific provisions for certain agricultural products (Single CMO Regulation) (5084/11).

5. Post legislative scrutiny of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003: The Committee will discuss the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

6. The future of agricultural support in Scotland: The Committee will discuss the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 23 February, the Committee expects to take oral evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment on the Future of Agricultural Support in Scotland inquiry. The Committee will also undertake Stage 2 proceedings for the Reservoirs (Scotland) Bill, and consider one affirmative instrument.

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

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