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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

Finance Committee
24 January 2006
2nd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Inquiry into Cost of Local Authority Single Status Agreement: The Committee will take evidence from—

Ian Drummond, Solicitor to the Council, Glasgow City Council; Brian Lawrie, Head of Finance and Asset Management, Fife Council and Gavin Whitefield, Chief Executive, North Lanarkshire Council;

and then from—

Councillor Pat Watters, President and Rory Mair, Chief Executive, COSLA.

2. The Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006 and the Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006: The Committee will take evidence on the regulations from—

Stephen Body STUC; Tim Page, TUC and Dave Watson, Unison;

and then from—

Iain Moore, Head of Policy Unit; Paul McNulty, Head of Procurement Policy and Best Practice Branch and Josephine Mitchell, Senior Procurement Officer, Best Practice Unit, Scottish Executive.

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

4. Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Financial Memorandum of the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill.

5. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider papers on future inquiries in private at its next meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 31 January, it is expected that the Committee will take further oral evidence on the cost of the Single Status Agreement; consider the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006 and the Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006 and take oral evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on its inquiry into the cost of the Single Status Agreement and to take evidence on various Financial Memoranda at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Procedures Committee
24 January 2006
2nd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 6

1. Review of Parliamentary Time: The Committee will take evidence, in an open forum discussion, from members, including—

Patrick Harvie MSP;

Margo MacDonald MSP; and

Alex Neil MSP.

2. Motions and decisions: The Committee will consider a paper on possible minor changes to Chapter 8 and Chapter 11 of the standing orders.

3. Amendment of ASPs by UK subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider a letter from the Convener of the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 February, the Committee will take further oral evidence on its Review of Parliamentary Time. It will also take oral evidence on its new inquiry on Consolidation Bills and consider a revised draft report on the Procedures relating to Crown appointments. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
24 January 2006
3rd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following bill—

Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill at Stage 1.

2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following bill—

Human Tissue (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2.

3. Executive responses: The Committee will consider responses from the Executive to points raised on the following—

the Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/1);

the Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/2);

the Food Hygiene (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/3);

the Older Cattle (Disposal) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/4); and

the Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Amendment Rules 2006, (SSI 2006/5).

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

the Transfer of Functions from the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority and the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive to the West of Scotland Transport Partnership Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft); and

the National Bus Travel Concession Scheme for Older and Disabled Persons (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft).

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

the Bail Conditions (Methods of Monitoring Compliance and Specification of Devices) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/7);

the Restriction of Liberty Order (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/8);

the Mental Health (Recall or Variation of Removal Order) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/11);

the Mental Health (Form of Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/12);

the Intensive Support and Monitoring (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/15); and

the Feeding Stuffs (Scotland) Amendment and the Feeding Stuffs (Sampling and Analysis) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/16).

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

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement No.1) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/14).

7. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 31 January, it is expected that the Committee will consider Scottish statutory instruments and other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure.

The Committee will also further consider its draft report in relation to its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Equal Opportunities Committee
24 January 2006
2nd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Disability Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 February, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on its Disability Inquiry – Removing Barriers and Creating Opportunities.

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

Enterprise and Culture Committee
24 January 2006
2nd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

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

the Fossil Fuel Levy (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/641).

2. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The adviser will brief the Committee on part 1 (Bankruptcy) of the bill.

3. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of part 1 (Bankruptcy) of the bill at Stage 1 from—

Susan McPhee, Head of Social Policy and Public Affairs, and Beccy Reilly, Money Advice Consultant, Citizens Advice Scotland; and Yvonne Gallacher, Chief Executive, and Irene Mungall, Convener, Money Advice Scotland;

Anne Bryce, Director of Insolvency, and Bruce Cartwright, Convener of the Insolvency Committee, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

4. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider issues emerging from the evidence session.

5. St Andrew’s Day Bank Holiday (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a proposal to commission external research.

6. Restructuring of the enterprise agencies: The Committee will consider its views on the proposed restructuring and reorganisation of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

7. Inquiry into business growth: The Convener will give an oral report of progress with the inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 31 January, the Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry into business growth.

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

Communities Committee
25 January 2006
3rd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Graham U’ren, Director and Ann Faulds, Legal Associate Member, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in Scotland

Richard Hartland, Chairman and Mick Stewart, Member, Scottish Society of Directors of Planning (SSDP)

Andrew Robinson, Chairman, Scottish Planning Consultants Forum (SPCF).

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

PE906 by Murray Dickie, on behalf of Torbrex Community Council and PE907 by Fionn Stevenson, on behalf of Tayport Local Plan Action group on planning issues.

3. Petitions: The Committee will consider the inclusion of planning issues from previous petitions in its scrutiny of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 1 February, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take oral evidence on the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill.

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

Education Committee
25 January 2006
3rd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Early years inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1
Ian McLaughlan, Chief Executive, Scottish Preschool Play Association
Mandy Mayo, Scottish Preschool Play Association
Maggie Simpson, Director of Childminding Development, Scottish Childminding Association

Panel 2
Gavin Fergie, Professional Officer, Community Practitioners and Health Visitors’ Association
Heather Gunn, Service Manager, Dundee City Council, Association of Directors of Social Work

2. Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 1 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider the final draft Stage 1 report of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill in private; take oral evidence from the Care Commission and Minister for Education and Young People on its early years inquiry.

The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on its early years inquiry and consider the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) 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
25 January 2006
3rd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on Wednesday 1 February, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on its inquiry into the Food Supply Chain, and a further draft Stage 1 report on the Animal Health and Welfare (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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