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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

Review of SPCB Supported Bodies Committee
28 April 2009
7th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Review of SPCB Supported Bodies (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry.

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

Justice Committee
28 April 2009
12th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 6 and any future consideration of a draft report in relation to the legislative consent memorandum (LCM(S3) 16.2) lodged by Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, in private.

2. Coroners and Justice Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will take evidence on legislative consent memorandum LCM(S3) 16.2 from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Gerard Bonnar, Head of Summary Justice Reform Branch, Criminal Procedure Division, Andrew McConnell, Policy Advisor, Enterprise and Industry Division, and Lachlan Stuart, Branch Head, Legal System Division, Scottish Government.

3. Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the Diligence against Earnings (Variation) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/98) and the Diligence against Earnings (Variation) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/133) and take evidence from—

Sharon Bell, Head of Policy Development Branch, Accountant in Bankruptcy, Graham Fisher, Solicitor, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

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

the European Communities (European Order for Payment) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/99);

the Charities and Benevolent Fundraising (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/121).

6. Coroners and Justice Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandum (LCM(S3) 16.2) lodged by Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 May, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from representatives of the Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland. The Committee will also consider a number of items of subordinate legislation, including a motion to annul the Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/115).

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

European and External Relations Committee
28 April 2009
7th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 6, 7 and 8 in private.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether consideration of its draft report on the European Union’s response to the financial crisis at its next meeting should be taken in private.

3. European Union’s response to the financial crisis: The Committee will take evidence from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, John Rigg, Head of European Structural Funds Division, and Jim Millard, European Structural Funds Division (Team Leader for Highlands and Islands Transitional and Cross Border Team), Scottish Government.

4. China Plan inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Andrew Hogan, Asia Sales Manager, Bruichladdach Distillery Company;

Julia Weedon, Head of International Development, Telford College, Edinburgh;

Jane Gotts, Projects Manager, Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI);

John Melvin, Operations Director, GaLink;

Stuart French, Proprietor, Platinum Event Management;

Laurie Clark, Managing Director, Ecoscreed Ltd.

5. Brussels Bulletin: The Committee will consider the latest edition of the Brussels Bulletin.

6. Review of Scottish Government activity in Malawi: The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of Scottish Government activity in Malawi.

7. European Union’s response to the financial crisis: The Committee will consider the key themes arising from the evidence session.

8. China Plan inquiry: The Committee will consider the key themes arising from the evidence session.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence from Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on the recent Scottish Government visit to China, a Special Edition Brussels Bulletin on Maritime issues and a draft report on the European Union’s response to the financial crisis.

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

Finance Committee
28 April 2009
10th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on public sector pay at this and future meetings should be taken in private and whether to consider the evidence heard to date on its strategic budget scrutiny inquiry in private at this and future meetings.

2. Strategic budget scrutiny: The Committee will take evidence from—

Jo Armstrong, and John McLaren, Centre for Public Policy for Regions;

and then from—

John Aldridge, former Director of Finance, Scottish Executive;

Stella Manzie, Director-General Finance, Scottish Government;

Jenny Stewart, Head of Infrastructure and Government, KPMG;

and then from—

Russell Frith, Director of Audit Strategy, and Caroline Gardner, Deputy Auditor General, Audit Scotland;

Stephen Humphrey, Chief Actuary, Government Actuary’s Department;

Angela Scott, Head of CIPFA in Scotland.

3. Strategic budget scrutiny: The Committee will consider the evidence heard to date, in order to inform the drafting of its report.

4. Public sector pay: The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 May, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on its strategic budget scrutiny inquiry. The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on its inquiry at subsequent meetings.

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

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
28 April 2009
6th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 5 in private and to consider a draft report on its Hybrid Bills inquiry in private at future meetings.

2. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider applications for recognition from three proposed Cross-Party Groups.

3. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliament year from 9 May 2008 to 8 May 2009.

4. Review of Section 2 of the Code of Conduct (in private): The Committee will receive a briefing.

5. Hybrid Bills inquiry: The Committee will consider written evidence received.

6. Accuracy of contributions in parliamentary proceedings (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 May, it is expected that the Committee will give further consideration to a draft report on its Hybrid Bills inquiry and any potential Standing Order rule changes.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
28 April 2009
14th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Draft Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Bill from—

Bruce Crawford MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business, Jan Marshall, Head of Constitutional and Parliamentary Secretariat, Madeleine MacKenzie, Scottish Parliamentary Counsel, and Paul Johnston, Divisional Solicitor, Scottish Government.

2. Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill : The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

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

the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002 (Amendment) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/draft).

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

the Victim Notification (Prescribed Offences) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2009/142);

the Public Service Vehicles (Registration of Local Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/151).

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

Act of Adjournal (Criminal Procedure Rules Amendment) (Miscellaneous) 2009 (SSI 2009/144);

the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/147);

the Building (Scotland) Act 2003 (Commencement No. 2 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/150).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 May, it is expected that the Committee will 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.

Public Audit Committee
29 April 2009
8th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 5 in private.

2. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Central government’s use of consultancy services".

3. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Asset management in the NHS in Scotland".

4. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a correspondence from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Improving energy efficiency".

5. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "The First ScotRail passenger rail franchise".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 6 May, it is expected that the Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report titled "Using medicines in hospital". The Committee will also consider responses from the Accountable Officers on the committee reports "Police call management" and "A review of major capital projects" and a second draft of its report on "2007/2008 audit of VisitScotland".

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
29 April 2009
12th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Rural housing inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on the pig industry in Scotland.

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

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