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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

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee
13 March 2006
7th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.45 am in the Langlee Complex, Galashiels

1. Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Consideration Stage from—

Group 52
Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson Railways
Bill Sandland, Scottish Borders Council
Alison Gorlov, John Kennedy & Co

Group 54
Bill Sandland, Scottish Borders Council
Andrew Rosher, ALR Ltd
Alison Gorlov, John Kennedy & Co
Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson Railways
Steve Purnell, ERM
Steve Mitchell, ERM
Nathan Edwards, ERM
Bruce Rutherford, Scottish Borders Council
Andy Coates, ERM

Group 56
Bill Sandland, Scottish Borders Council
Andrew Rosher, ALR Ltd
Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson,
Alison Gorlov, John Kennedy & Co

Group 57
Ian Wilkie, Scottish Borders Council
Alison Gorlov, John Kennedy & Co
Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson Railways
Bill Sandland, Scottish Borders Council
Steve Purnell, ERM

Group 58
Andrew Rosher, ALR Ltd
Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson Railways
Alison Gorlov, John Kennedy & Co

Group 59
Bruce Rutherford, Scottish Borders Council
Ian Wilkie, Scottish Borders Council
Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson Railways
Alison Gorlov, John Kennedy & Co

Group 61
Graeme Sandie
Mr A Hegarty
Mr T McCudden
Bill Sandland, Scottish Borders Council
Nathan Edwards, ERM
Steve Mitchell, ERM
Bruce Rutherford, Scottish Borders Council
Andrew McCracken, Scott Wilson Railways
David Wright, Scott Wilson Railways
Alison Gorlov, John Kennedy & Co

2. Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider evidence taken during the meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 27 March, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill at Consideration Stage.

The Committee expects to consider its draft report on the Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill at Consideration Stage at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Finance Committee
14 March 2006
8th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum for the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Bill.

2. Crofting Reform etc. Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum for the Crofting Reform etc. Bill.

3. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill in private at its next meeting.

4. Deprivation Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on its inquiry into deprivation.

5. Inquiry into the Cost of the Local Authority Single Status Agreement (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on its inquiry into the cost of the Local Authority Single Status Agreement.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 14 March, the Committee may consider its draft report on its deprivation inquiry; its draft report on its inquiry into the cost of the Local Authority Single Status Agreement; and it will consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on various Financial Memoranda at subsequent meetings including the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill on 18 April 2006. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
14 March 2006
9th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

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

Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

the Sheep and Goats (Identification and Traceability) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/73); and

the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland (Practice and Procedure) Rules 2006, (SSI 2006/88).

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

the Prisons and Young Offenders Institutions (Scotland) Rules 2006, (SSI 2006/94);

the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/95);

the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/96);

the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Registration) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/97);

the Fish Labelling (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/105);

the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Rural Housing Bodies) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/108);

the Abolition of Feudal Tenure etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Specified Day) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/109);

the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Conservation Bodies) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/110);

the Transfer of Property, Rights and Liabilities from the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority and the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive to the West of Scotland Transport Partnership Order 2006, (SSI 2006/111);

the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Area (Variation) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/112);

the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/113);

the National Assistance (Sums for Personal Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/114);

the Civil Partnership Family Homes (Form of Consent) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/115);

the Diligence against Earnings (Variation) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/116);

the National Bus Travel Concession Scheme for Older and Disabled Persons (Eligible Persons and Eligible Services) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/117);

the Beef Carcase (Classification) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/118);

the Dairy Produce Quotas (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/119);

the Provision of Water and Sewerage Services (Reasonable Cost) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/120);

the National Health Service (Tribunal) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/122);

the Local Government Pension Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/123);

the Non-Domestic Rates (Levying) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/124);

the Non-Domestic Rates (Rural Areas and Rateable Value Limits) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/125);

the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (Designation of Responsible Authorities and Functions) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/126);

the Water Environment (Consequential Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/127); and

the Waste Management Licensing (Water Environment) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/128).

4. Instruments not subject to Parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (East Coast) (Scotland) Order 2005 Revocation Order 2006, (SSI 2006/102); and

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.14) (Scotland) Order 2005 Partial Revocation Order 2006, (SSI 2006/103).

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

the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (Commencement No. 1) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/101);

the Antisocial Behaviour etc. (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement and Savings) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/104); and

the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/121).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 March, it is expected that the Committee will continue to consider the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1. The Committee will also 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.

The Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee
14 March 2006
5th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at phase two of Consideration Stage.

Proposed future business

The meeting on 14 March is the last scheduled meeting of the Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee at Consideration Stage. After Consideration Stage has been completed, the Bill moves to Final Stage.

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

Glasgow Airport Rail Link Bill Committee
14 March 2006
1st Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 12.10 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Declaration of interests: Members will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

3. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose a Deputy Convener.

4. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 5 in private.

5. Preliminary Stage: The Committee will consider a paper on its approach to Preliminary Stage.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting the Committee will continue to consider the Bill at Preliminary Stage. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Enterprise and Culture Committee
14 March 2006
7th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. The Student Fees (Specification) (Scotland) Order 2006: The Committee will take evidence from James Alexander, Depute President, and Keith Robson, Director, National Union of Students (Scotland), on the forthcoming Student Fees (Specification) (Scotland) order 2006.

2. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The adviser will brief the Committee at Stage 1 on part 2 (Floating Charges) and part 3 (Enforcement) of the Bill.

3. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 on part 2 (Floating Charges) from—

David Bennett, Convener of the Company Law Committee, Law Society of Scotland, John Glover, Legal Director, Registers of Scotland, Rob Beattie, Committee of Scottish Clearing Bankers, and Yvonne Gallacher, Chief Executive, Money Advice Scotland.

4. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 on part 3 (Enforcement) from—

Mr John Campbell, President, and Mr Stuart Hunter, former President, Society of Messengers-at-Arms and Sheriff Officers, Yvonne Gallacher, Chief Executive, Money Advice Scotland, and Ann Wood, Managing Partner, Stirling Park Ltd.

5. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider issues emerging from evidence taken so far.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 March, the Committee will take further evidence at Stage 1 of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill on part 4 (land attachment), from witnesses representing Citizens Advice Scotland, the Registers of Scotland, Shelter and Money Advice Scotland.

The Committee will also take evidence on the forthcoming Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 Modification Order 2006 from the National Union of Students (Scotland), the Association of Scottish Colleges and the Scottish Trades Union Congress.

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

European and External Relations Committee
14 March 2006
4th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Legislative and Regulatory Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will take evidence on legislative consent memorandum (LCM(S2) 3.1) from—

George Lyon MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform, and Daniel Kleinberg, Head of EU Policy and Organisation Branch, Europe Division, Finance and Central Services Department and Laurence Sullivan, Senior Principal Legal Officer, Solicitors Division, Legal and Parliamentary Services, Scottish Executive.

2. ‘Building a Bridge between Europe and its Citizens’: The Committee will take evidence on this Scottish Executive project from—

Nikki Brown, Head of Division and Daniel Kleinberg, Head of EU Policy and Organisation Branch, Europe Division, Finance and Central Services Department, Scottish Executive.

3. Inquiry into possible co-operation between Scotland and Ireland and Inquiry into the Transposition and Implementation of European Directives in Scotland: Dennis Canavan MSP and Jim Wallace MSP will update the Committee on these two reporter-led inquiries.

4. The Committee’s Work Programme 2006: The Committee will consider a briefing paper.

5. The European Commission’s Work Programme 2006 – Tracking issues identified by the Committee: Following its decision to keep a watching brief on the European Commission’s Work Programme for 2006, the Committee will consider an update paper.

6. Petition PE804: The Committee will consider a scoping paper on a possible structure for future engagement with the Petition.

7. Pre- and post-EU Council scrutiny: The Committee will discuss the agendas and information received from the Scottish Executive on the following meetings of the Council of the EU—

Forthcoming Councils

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 20-21 March
General Affairs and External Relations Council, 20-21 March
Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, 27-28 March

Previous Councils

ECOFIN Council, 14 February

8. Sift of EC/EU documents and draft legislation: The Committee will consider the latest list of EC/EU documents and draft legislative proposals received for this meeting.

9. Convener’s Report: The Convener will update the Committee on the—

Arrangements for the Committee’s visit to Brussels on 20-21 March 2006
Finance Committee Inquiry into Accountability and Governance
Response from the Scottish Executive regarding points raised under Pre- and post-EU Council scrutiny.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 March, the Committee will consider its future work programme. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 2 Committee
14 March 2006
7th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 5 in private.

2. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on proposed Scottish Executive amendments to this Bill in relation to regulating orders from—

Hugh Henry MSP, Deputy Minister for Justice, Eamon Murphy, and Gill Wylie, Environment and Rural Affairs Department, and Alastair Smith, Legal and Parliamentary Services, Scottish Executive.

3. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 3).

4. Subordinate legislation: Hugh Henry MSP (Deputy Minister for Justice) to move the following motion—

S2M-4003 that the Justice 2 Committee recommends that the draft Risk Assessment and Minimisation (Accreditation Scheme) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

5. Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Police and Justice Bill: The Committee will consider a draft report on the memorandum LCM (S2) 4.1 on the Police and Justice Bill, currently under consideration in the UK Parliament.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to consider the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill 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 Transport Committee
14 March 2006
8th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

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

Panel 1

Jacquie Reilly, Partnership Development and Communications Director, Association of Town Centre Management.

Panel 2

Niall Stuart, Head of Press and Parliamentary Affairs, Federation of Small Businesses.

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

the Perth (Pilotage Powers) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/49)
the Council Tax (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/67)

3. Subordinate legislation: George Lyon (Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform) to move motion—

S2M-3991 that the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2006, be approved;

and motion—

S2M-4021 that the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Valuation and Rating (Exempted Classes) (Scotland) Order 2006, be approved.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 March, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill and on its inquiry into freight transport in Scotland.

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

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