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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

Communities Committee
8 September 2005
20th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private.

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

the Charities (Designated Religious Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/306); and

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2001 (Payments out of Grants for Housing Support Services) Amendment Order 2005, (SSI 2005/322).

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 14 September 2005 it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence from the Minister for Communities on the Scottish Executive’s White Paper on ‘Modernising the Planning System’.

The Committee will continue to consider the Housing (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Finance Committee
8 September 2005
18th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: The new member of the Committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Financial Memorandum: The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Financial Memorandum for the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill.

3. St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum from –

Dennis Canavan MSP;

Maureen Conner, Parliamentary Researcher; and

Rodger Evans, Non-Executive Bills Unit, Scottish Parliament.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13 September 2005, it is expected that the Committee will discuss its approach to consideration of the Draft Budget 2006-07; agree the decisions from the Committee’s away day held in August; consider a presentation on its cross-cutting expenditure review of deprivation and hold a round-table discussion in relation to its cross-cutting expenditure review of deprivation.

The Committee will continue to take evidence on its cross-cutting expenditure review of deprivation; monitor the Scottish Executive’s Efficient Government initiative; and scrutinise the financial memoranda of Bills at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Public Petitions Committee
8 September 2005
13th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. New Petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions—

PE876 Inquiry into the future prospects for the Scottish haulage industry and any knock-on impact for the Scottish economy. Patricia Glancey, Regional Manager of the Road Haulage Association, will make a brief statement in support of this petition, accompanied by Robert Howie and Hamish Morrison.

PE878 To consider the need for a national strategy to address the impact of coastal and river erosion within Scotland. James Mackie will make a brief statement in support of his petition accompanied by John Fettes.

PE865 To investigate the sequestration recall process and consider amending the law to allow the right of appeal for those made bankrupt by mistake and that all such appeals should be heard by a Sheriff. Edward Fowler will make a brief statement in support of his petition.

PE877 Review of Scottish Executive policies on the provision of affordable housing, particularly in relation to the impact on the elderly and those on low incomes.

PE862 Review of the current system for dealing with and monitoring convicted child sex offenders.

PE867 Safeguards against unwanted, unnecessary and potentially harmful medication given by surreptitious means.

2. Current Petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions—

PE841 Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976. The Committee will consider responses from the Minister for Justice, the Lord Advocate and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

PE767 Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act. The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Justice.

PE791 Glasgow Homeopathic Hospital. The Committee will consider a response from Greater Glasgow Health Board.

PE805 Review of the National Parks (Scotland) Bill. The Committee will consider a response from Loch Lomond and Trossachs Park Authority.

PE811 Permitted Development Rights enjoyed by Network Rail in respect of the erection of 86ft GSM-R communication masts in residential areas. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive, Network Rail; OFFCOM; COSLA and the Office of Rail Regulation.

PE734 Oxfam – Global campaign for education. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE812 Stirling Before Pylons - potential health hazards associated with long-term exposure to high voltage transmission lines. The Committee will consider responses from CECA (Scotland); the Human Radiation Effects Group; Scottish and Southern Energy; the Minister for Health and Community Care; the Minister for Communities; Scottish Power and the Institute of Civil Engineers.

PE704 Support for the terms of UNISON Scotland’s NHS Food for Good Charter. The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Health and Community Care.

PE814, PE826 and PE776 Implications for rural areas of the introduction of NHS24 services. The Committee will consider responses from NHS 24; the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Minister for Health and Community Care.

3. Report of the Public Petitions Committee Event, Ayr, 6 June 2005: The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on Wednesday 21 September 2005 it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on the investigation of claims of medical negligence; provision of dance halls; Local Government democratic accountability; the Environmental Protection Act 1980 and the findings of “ Same as You, A Review of Services for People with Learning Disabilities”. The Committee is also expected to give further consideration to current petitions on the European Commission Food Supplements Directive; third parties’ right of appeal regarding planning applications; establishment of a permanent National Heritage Committee and protection of the Cramond area’s environment; implementation and funding of the findings of “ Same as You, A Review of Services for People with Learning Disabilities”; the suitability of HMP Peterhead for the long-term imprisonment of convicted sex offenders; guidance to egg producers in Scotland on compatibility of UK legislation and EU Council Decision 94/371/EC. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of this Bulletin.

Standards and Public Appointments Committee
8 September 2005
8th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Declaration of interests: Christine May MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 6 and 7 in private.

3. Cross-Party Group on a Culture of Peace in Scotland: The Committee will consider an application to establish a Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on a Culture of Peace in Scotland.

4. Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland - response to consultation paper: The Committee will consider a draft report.

5. Conference: The Committee will consider an invitation to the Convener to make a presentation to a conference in Belgrade on ‘Codes of Conduct’, organised by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), for selected Committees of the National Assembly of Serbia.

6. Proposed Members’ Interests Bill: The Committee will finalise arrangements for a news release to accompany publication of its Committee Bill.

7. Complaints: The Committee will undertake its initial consideration of two reports from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner

Proposed future business

The Committee expects to continue its review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of this Bulletin.

Education Committee
8 September 2005
14th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Declarations of interest: The new member of the Committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Choice of Convener: The Committee will choose a new Convener.

3. Additional support for learning: The Committee will consider the Scottish Executive’s response to the Committee’s report on the additional support for learning code of practice.

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

the Additional Support for Learning (Appropriate Agencies) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/325); and

the Requirements for Teachers (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/355).

The Committee will take evidence on SSI 2005/355 from—

Dr Mike Gibson, Head of Additional Support Needs Division, Scottish Executive; and

Stewart Robertson, Team Leader, Teachers Division, Scottish Executive.

5. School transport: The Committee will consider the Scottish Executive’s response to correspondence on school transport issues.

6. Pupil motivation inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to publishing its report and consider arrangements for a final event.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 14 September it is expected that the Committee will agree its future work programme; consider any outstanding issues arising from its pupil motivation inquiry and be updated on the Scottish Executive’s schools closure policy.

The Committee expects to take evidence on its early years inquiry at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Enterprise and Culture Committee
8 September 2005
17th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

the Edinburgh College of Art (Scotland) Order of Council 1995 (Amendment) Order of Council 2005, (SSI 2005/313);

the Student Loans (Information Requests, Maximum Threshold, Maximum Repayments Levels and Hardship Loans) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/314);

the Education (Graduate Endowment, Student Fees and Support) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/341); and

the Education (Student Loans) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/345).

2. St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Fiona Moriaty, Policy Manager Scottish Retail Consortium; Paul Jennings, Vice-Chair, Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions, and Dave Moxham, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress;

Alan Mitchell, Head of Policy, CBI Scotland; Professor Charles Munn, Chief Executive, Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland, and Niall Stuart, Parliamentary Affairs Officer, FSB Scotland.

3. Inquiry into EU state aids: The Committee will consider a revised draft of its proposed submission to the European Commission’s consultation.

4. Work programme: The Committee will discuss an update of its latest work programme.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13 September 2005, it is expected that the Committee will take further oral evidence on the St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill and on its inquiry into Scottish football; consider issues emerging from the inquiry into Scottish football, and review its progress on the inquiry into business growth following the outcomes of the Business in the Parliament 2005 conference. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Health Committee
8 September 2005
20th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 7 and 8 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care, to move the following motions—

S2M-3179—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 5) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/379) be approved;

S2M-3180—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 6) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/384) be approved;

S2M-3181—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 7) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/391) be approved;

S2M-3207—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 8) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/410) be approved; and

S2M-3211—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/415) be approved.

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

the Mental Health (Content and amendment of care plans) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/309);

the Mental Health (Content and amendment of Part 9 care plans) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/312);

the National Health Service (Primary Medical Services Section 17C Agreements) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI/2005/336); and

the National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI/2005/337).

4. Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will receive a briefing on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Professor Sheila McLean, Chair, Review Group on the Retention of Organs at Post-mortem;

John Forsythe, Chair, Scottish Transplant Group;

Will Scott, Policy Lead for Organ Retention and Transplantation Issues, Scottish Executive Health Department;

Joe Logan, Branch Head, Public Health Division, Scottish Executive Health Department; and

Dr Aileen Keel, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Scottish Executive Health Department.

5. Care inquiry participation event: The Committee will discuss the outcomes from its participation event as part of its inquiry into care legislation.

6. Budget Process 2006-07: The Committee will consider its approach to its consideration of the 2006-07 Budget Process.

7. Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the briefing, to inform the drafting of its Stage 1 report.

8. Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider possible additional witnesses to take oral evidence from at Stage 1 based on the responses received to the call for written evidence.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13 September it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill; and a substantial number of pieces of subordinate legislation on the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. At its meeting on 20 September, the Committee will take evidence on the National Framework Advisory Group report ‘Building a health service fit for the future’.

The Committee will take evidence on the Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings. The Committee will also consider the Abolition of Prescription Charges (Scotland) Bill later in the year. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 2 Committee
8 September 2005
20th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

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

the False Monetary Instruments (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/321);

the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/339);

the Fire (Additional Function) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/342);

the Fire (Charging) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/343);

the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Modifications and Amendments) (No. 2) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/344); and

the Scottish Administration (Offices) Order 2005 (SI 2005/1467).

2. Petition PE578: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Deputy Minister for Justice and the petitioner.

3. Budget Process 2006/07: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk.

4. Youth Justice Inquiry: The Committee will consider the Scottish Executive’s written response to the Committee’s report.

5. Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Scottish Executive’s response to the Committee’s stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13 September it is expected that the Committee will consider a report back following its away day and subordinate legislation.

The Committee expects to commence consideration of amendments at Stage 2 to the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill at its following meeting. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Local Government and Transport Committee
8 September 2005
22nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: The new member of the Committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 5 in private.

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

the Local Government Pension Scheme (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/315);

the Gaming Act (Variation of Fees) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/319);

the Non-Domestic Rating (Valuation of Utilities) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2005 (SSI 2005/320);

the Local Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedure) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (2005/338); and

the Public Service Vehicles (Registration of Local Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations, (SSI 2005/346).

4. Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Panel 1

Peter Kelly, Director, Poverty Alliance;

Panel 2

David McNeish, Parliamentary and Policy Officer, Citizens Advice Scotland

Caroline Dunne, Training Co-ordinator, Motherwell Citizens Advice Bureau

Jess Barrow, Director of Communications, Age Concern Scotland; and

Panel 3

Professor David Bell, Head of Department of Economics, University of Stirling.

5. Work programme: The Committee will consider its future work programme.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on Tuesday 13 September, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take oral evidence on the Council Tax Abolition and Service Tax Introduction (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to consider the Licensing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
8 September 2005
21st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 3.30 pm in Committee Room 3

1. Declaration of interests: The Convener will invite new members of the Committee to declare any relevant interests.

2. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 5 in private and whether to consider a draft report on its rural development inquiry in private at future meetings.

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

the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Variation of Schedule) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/308);

the Genetically Modified Organisms (Transboundary Movements) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/316);

the Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/324);

and will consider a response from the Scottish Executive to points raised on the instruments at the Committee’s meeting on 28 June 2005.

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

the Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Quota and Third Country Fishing Measures) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/311);

the Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Imports) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/323);

the Cereal Seed (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/328);

the Fodder Plant Seed (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/329);

the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/340).

5. Rural development inquiry: The Committee will consider evidence received to date for this inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 14 September the Committee will consider the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 .

The Committee expects to begin taking evidence on the Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 at its meeting on 28 September. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.



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