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Section A – Today’s Business

Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for Committee Clerks are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

European and External Relations Committee
5th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 1

1. Treaty of Lisbon inquiry: The Committee will take evidence, by video conference, from—

Chris Bryant MP, Minister for Europe, and Matthew Rycroft, Director EU Affairs, HM Government.

2. Europe 2020 inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, and Jim Watson, Policy Adviser, Strategy and Economic Policy Division, Scottish Government.

3. Treaty of Lisbon inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Prof Michael Keating, Professor of Politics, University of Aberdeen;

Prof Andrew Scott, Professor of European Union Studies, University of Edinburgh;

Prof David Judge, Head of Department of Government, University of Strathclyde.

4. Brussels Bulletin: The Committee will consider the Brussels Bulletin.

5. Treaty of Lisbon inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider the key issues arising from the oral evidence session.

6. Europe 2020 inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider the key issues arising from the oral evidence session.

Equal Opportunities Committee
6th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Post-legislative scrutiny: The Committee will take evidence on the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003, in a round-table discussion, from—

Claire Sweeney, Portfolio Manager, Audit Scotland;

Dr Sandra Grant, Associate Consultant, Mental Health Foundation;

Dr Joseph Morrow, President, Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland;

Graeme Henderson, Director of Services and Development, Penumbra.

2. Post-legislative scrutiny: The Committee will take evidence on the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 from—

Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health and Sport, and Geoff Huggins, Head of Mental Health Division, Scottish Government.

3. Budget Strategy 2011-12: The Committee will take evidence on its Budget Strategy 2011-12, in a round-table discussion, from—

Lorna Meahan, Assistant Director, Audit Services Central Government, Audit Scotland;

Martin Hayward, Policy Manager, Equality and Human Rights Commission;

Ann Henderson, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress;

Angela O’Hagan, Convenor, Scottish Women’s Budget Group.

Justice Committee
11th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 5, 6 and 7 in private and whether its consideration of a draft report on the legislative consent memorandum on the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) Bill should be taken in private at future meetings.

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

the Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/64);

the Bankruptcy Fees (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/76);

the Police Pensions Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/85).

3. Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill — 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 expenses of witnesses invited to give evidence on Stage 2 amendments to the Bill.

4. Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on Stage 2 amendments relating to prostitution offences from-—

George Lewis, Co-chair, Scot-PEP;

Ann Hamilton, Head of Equalities and Women’s Services, Glasgow Community and Safety Services;

Assistant Chief Constable Iain Livingstone, Lothian and Borders Police, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland;

and then on Stage 2 amendments relating to stalking etc. from—

Ann Moulds, Campaign Founder, Action Scotland Against Stalking;

Frida Petersson, Senior Research and Policy Officer, Victim Support Scotland;

Assistant Chief Constable Iain Livingstone, Lothian and Borders Police, and Dectective Chief Inspector Peter McPike, Strathclyde Police, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland;

and then on Stage 2 amendments relating to sentencing on knife crime from—

John Muir, "Damian’s Law" Campaigner;

Chief Constable David Strang, Executive Vice President, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland.

5. Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill — written evidence: The Committee will consider whether to accept certain written submissions on Stage 2 amendments on the basis that they will be seen in full by the Committee but not published.

6. Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider legislative consent memorandum LCM(S3) 28.1.

7. Budget Strategy: The Committee will consider its approach to the Budget Strategy Phase of scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s 2011-12 draft budget.

8. Subordinate legislation (in private): The Committee will consider draft reports on the following instruments—

the Advice and Assistance and Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions and Contributions) (Scotland) Regulations 2010;

the draft International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2010.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
10th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 5

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

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

the Census (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/draft).

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

the National Health Service (General Ophthalmic Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/86);

the Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/89);

the Water Quality (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/95);

the Parking Attendants (Wearing of Uniforms) (Renfrewshire Council Parking Area) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/97);

the Road Traffic (Parking Adjudicators) (Renfrewshire Council) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/98);

the Sea Fishing (Transitional EU Technical Conservation Measures) (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/100);

the Home Energy Assistance Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/110);

the Local Government (Allowances and Expenses) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/111).

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

the Plant Health (Potatoes) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2010 (SSI 2010/99).

5. Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

6. Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response to points raised on the delegated powers provisions in Parts 1 to 2A of this Bill after Stage 2. The Committee will also consider the delegated powers provisons in the remainder of the Bill after Stage 2, and the contents of a draft report.

7. Housing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response to points raised on the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1, and the contents of a draft report.

Finance Committee
8th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Housing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Housing (Scotland) Bill from—

Colin Affleck, Policy Lead, Private Rented Sector, Michael Cameron, Acting Chief Executive, Scottish Housing Regulator, Aidan Grisewood, Deputy Director, Social Housing Division, and Yvonne Rollins, Policy Lead, Right to Buy, Scottish Government.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on the Housing (Scotland) Bill should be taken in private at future meetings.

3. End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill.

4. Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill.

5. Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill.

6. Forth Crossing Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Forth Crossing Bill.

7. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.

Health and Sport Committee
10th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence by video conference on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Michel Perron, Chief Executive, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse;

Ian Faris, President and Chief Executive, and Ed Gregory, Research and Analysis Manager, Brewers Association of Canada;

Not before 3.00 pm

and then from—

Jeff Newton, President, Canada’s National Brewers;

Kathy Klas, Director of Sector Liaison Branch, Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario;

Patrick Ford, Senior Director for Policy and Government Relations, Liquor Control Board of Ontario.

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
8th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

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

the Road Works (Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/68).

2. Climate Change Adaptation: The Committee will take evidence on Scotland’s Climate Change Adaptation Framework from—

Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, and Climate Change, Gavin Barrie, Head of Unit, Climate Change Policy, and Jody Fleck, Policy Officer, Climate Change Adaptation, Scottish Government.

3. Inquiry into active travel (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
4th Meeting, 2010

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.

2. Review of Volume 2, Section 2 of the Code of Conduct (in private): The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

3. Financial Resolutions and Financial Memoranda (in private): The Committee will consider written evidence received.

4. Commission on Scottish Devolution (in private): The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

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

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