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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

Equal Opportunities Committee
6 February 2007
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Pornography: The Committee will take evidence on the potential impact of pornography, in a round-table discussion, from—

Avedon Carol, Feminists Against Censorship

Professor Vincent Egan, Glasgow Caledonian University

Ray Wyre, Ray Wyre Independent Consultancy

Dr Marysia Zalewski, University of Aberdeen

Dr Karen Boyle, University of Glasgow.

2. Pornography - witness expenses: The Committee will be invited to delegate to the Convener responsibility for arranging for the SPCB to pay, under Rule 12.4.3, any witness expenses which arise during the Committee’s consideration of the impact of pornography.

3. Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a paper on the Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 February, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from Rhona Brankin MSP, Minister for Communities, on its Review of progress on Gypsy/Travellers, consider petition PE1017, consider subordinate legislation on Gender and consider an approach to Pornography. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Finance Committee
6 February 2007
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take its legacy paper in private at its next meeting and at any further meetings where the paper is considered.

2. 2007-08 Budget Process: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive to the Committee’s Stage 2 Report and seek further information from—

George Lyon MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform; and

John Williams, Head of Finance Co-ordination, Scottish Executive and John Nicholson, Finance Expenditure Policy Division, Scottish Executive.

3. Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Spring Budget Revision to the Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill for the financial year up to 31 March 2007 and its legacy paper.

At its meeting on 6 March, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development on Scottish Water’s Quality and Standards III investment programme. It is also expected that the Committee will consider its annual report and give further consideration to its legacy paper. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Public Petitions Committee
6 February 2007
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

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

PE580 Preventative safety measures to combat the dangers of substance abuse. The Committee will consider the progress of this petition.

PE849 To establish a sports academy in the Scottish Borders. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE958 The provision of an audio recording of civil court proceedings to those parties with special needs such as dyslexia. The Committee will consider responses from Dyslexia Scotland, Scottish Court Service, Disability Rights Commission, and the Scottish Executive.

PE966 The investment in swimming pools in Scotland. The Committee will consider responses from Fife Council, sportscotland, Scottish Swimming, and the Scottish Executive.

PE867 To provide adequate safeguards against vulnerable adults being given surreptitious medication. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE913 To adopt a Play Strategy that recognises the right of all children in Scotland to a safe, accessible and challenging play environment. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE965 Sufficient funding and resources to combat Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Muscle Network, NHS Quality Improvement Scotland, and a joint response from the Minister for Health and the Chief Scientist.

PE953 Sleep disorders. The Committee will consider responses from the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, National Services Division of NHS Scotland, Public Health Institute for Scotland, the Scottish Executive and the petitioner.

PE962 Listed Buildings. The Committee will consider a joint response from Historic Scotland and the Scottish Executive, and a response from COSLA.

PE964 Speed restrictions on Loch Lomond. The Committee will consider responses from the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority, Friends of Loch Lomond, Strathclyde Police, Central Scotland Police, Loch Lomond Association, Keep Windermere Alive Association, the Scottish Executive, and the petitioner.

PE978 Jet skis. The Committee will consider responses from the Royal Yackting Association, City of Edinburgh Council, Forth Ports PLC, Lothian and Borders Police, the Scottish Executive and the petitioner.

PE968 Beat Police numbers. The Committee will consider responses from the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland, Strathclyde Police, Scottish Police Federation, Victim Support Scotland, East Dunbartonshire Council, the Scottish Executive and the petitioner.

PE971 Housing Act. The Committee will consider responses from Communities Scotland, Tenant Participation Advisory Service, East Renfrewshire Council, East Renfrewshire Tenants and Residents Association, the Scottish Executive and the petitioner.

PE972 Community hospitals. The Committee will consider repsonses from NHS Borders, Scottish Borders Council, the Scottish Executive and the petitioner.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 February, it is expected that the Committee will further consider current petitions on institutional child abuse; the retention of the current 8 fire controls in Scotland; the implications of the proposed Agenda for Change legislation for Speech and Language Therapy services and service users within the NHS; support for peaceful protest during the G8 summit; continued availability on prescription of medications such as donepezil, rivastigmine, galatamine and memantine for use in the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease; the Dalkeith Northern Bypass; Scottish Executive support for market-led urban regeneration projects and the operation of privatised urban regeneration companies; pastoral and spiritual care in hospitals; Scottish Public Services Ombudsman; Local Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 1999; public consultation on health services; cranial abnormalities – plagiocephaly; Citizen’s Advice Bureaux; sequestration; protection for Health Service workers; and neuropsychological provision.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
6 February 2007
5th Meeting, 2007

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—

Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill.

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

Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2.

3. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider a response from the Executive to points raised on the following bill—

Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2.

4. Executive responses: The Committee will consider Executive responses in relation to the following—

Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005: Draft Guidance for Licensing Boards and Local Authorities, (SE/2007/9);

the Prohibition of Fishing with Multiple Trawls (No. 2) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2007, (SSI 2007/13);

the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) (Fees) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/14); and

the Tweed Regulation Order 2007, (SSI 2007/19).

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

the Mental Health (Safety and Security) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/draft); and

the Transfer of Functions, Property, Rights and Liabilities from the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Executive to the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority Order 2007, (SSI 2007/draft).

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

the Adults with Incapacity (Ethics Committee) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/22);

the Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority (Constitution, Membership and Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Amendment Order 2007, (SSI 2007/23);

the Police Grant (Variation) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/24);

the Sulphur Content of Liquid Fuels (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/27);

the Police (Injury Benefit) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/28); and

the Sex Discrimination (Public Authorities) (Statutory Duties) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/32).

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

the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/25);

the Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement No. 2 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/26);

the Specified Animal Pathogens Amendment (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/30); and

the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/31).

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider primary legislation, Scottish statutory instruments and any 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.

Justice 1 Committee
6 February 2007
8th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 1.45 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 February, it is expected that the Committee will continue its consideration of its draft report on its inquiry into the Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry.

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

Health Committee
6 February 2007
2nd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Impact of the smoking ban on public health: The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor Jon Ayres, Head of Department of Environmental & Occupational Medicine, University of Aberdeen;

and then from—

Dr Laurence Gruer, Director of Public Health Science, NHS Health Scotland;

and then from—

Andy Kerr MSP, Minister for Health and Community Care.

2. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

the Food Hygiene (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/11).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 February, the Committee will consider its legacy paper for its successor committee in the next Scottish Parliament session. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 2 Committee
6 February 2007
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

2. Prisoner escort and court custody services contract: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk.

3. Serious Crime Bill (UK legislation): The Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandum lodged by Cathy Jamieson MSP, Minister for Justice (LCM (S2) 13.1).

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

The Drugs Assessor (Qualifications and Experience) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/8);

The Antisocial Behaviour (Fixed Penalty Offence) (Prescribed Area) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/15); and

The Tenements (Scotland) Act 2004 (Prescribed Risks) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/16).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13 February, the Committee will continue Stage 2 consideration of the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill.

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

Local Government and Transport Committee
6 February 2007
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Subordinate legislation: Tavish Scott MSP (Minister for Transport) to move motion S2M-5493—

That the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) Order 2007 be approved.

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

the Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/2);

the Argyll and Bute Council (Pilotage Powers) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/3); and

the Road Works (Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/4).

3. Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Common Good Petitions PE875, PE896 and PE961.

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

Environment and Rural Development Committee
7 February 2007
6th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 1

1. Petitions: TheCommittee willconsider the following petitions—

PE956 by Mary Douglas calling on the Parliament to urge the Executive to ensure the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994, as amended, are applied in relation to ship to ship oil transfers in Scotland; and

PE982 by B Linden Jarvis calling on the Parliament to consider and debate the implications of proposed ship to ship transfers of oil at anchor in the Forth Estuary, specifically focussing such consideration and debate on the likely impact of such operations upon wildlife, tourism, local authority funding of clean-up and how it may use its powers within the 12 mile tidal limits to protect the local ecology, scenery, environment and areas of special scientific interest and habitat within the Estuary;

and will take evidence from—

Les Douglas, Petitioner;

B Linden Jarvis, Petitioner;

and then from—

Iain Rennick, Area Manager, Forth and Borders, SNH;

Richard Evans, Sites Policy Officer, RSPB Scotland;

Dr Bob McLellan, Head of Transportation Services, Fife Council;

Stephen Walker, Acting Head of Environmental Health, The City of Edinburgh Council;

and then from—

Charles Hammond, Group Chief Executive, Captain Bob Baker, Asset Manager Marine/Chief Harbour Master, Dr Derek McGlashan, Ports Security/Environment Manager (Scottish Operation) and Morag McNeill, Group Company Secretary, Forth Ports plc;

and then from—

Sarah Boyack MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development, Fiona Harrison, Head of Marine Management Division, Bruce Stewart, Marine Strategy, and Judith Morrison, Legal and Parliamentary Services, Scottish Executive.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 14 February, the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Cairngorms National Park Boundary Bill.

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

Justice 1 Committee
7 February 2007
9th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 4

1. Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13 February, it is expected that the Committee will continue its consideration of its draft report on its inquiry into the Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry.

The Committee expects to consider the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 at a future meeting. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Communities Committee
7 February 2007
4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private and to consider its legacy paper in private at future meetings.

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

the Environmental Impact Assessment (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/614).

3. Petition: The Committee will consider petition PE903 by Eurig Scandrett calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to develop and introduce a Scottish Planning Policy document on ecovillages.

4. Legacy paper: The Committee will consider whether to prepare a legacy paper for consideration by its successor Committee, and what it might contain.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

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

Education Committee
7 February 2007
3rd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Russell Gunson, Policy and Communications Officer, and Alex Cole-Hamilton, Senior Parliamentary Officer, Youthlink and member of Policy Committee, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

and then from—

Penny Curtis, Team Leader, Education, Children and Young People, Convention of Scottish Local Authorities;

Lynn Townsend, Head of Service, West Dunbartonshire Council, Association of Directors of Education;

Michelle Miller, Fife Council, Convener, Children and Social Care, Association of Directors of Social Work;

and then, not before 11.30 am, from—

Robert Brown, Deputy Minister for Education and Young People;

Claire Monaghan, Head of Children and Families Division, Andrew Mott, Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill Manager, Moira Oliphant, Children and Families Division, Education Department, Scottish Executive and Liz Sadler, Police Division, Justice Department, Scottish Executive.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1)

The Committee will continue to consider the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (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.

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