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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
20 April 2010
7th Meeting, 2010

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 4 in private.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 5 in private. The Committee will also decide whether its consideration of the main themes arising from the evidence heard and a draft report on the Scottish Government’s Budget Strategy 2011-12 should be taken in private at future meetings.

3. Budget Strategy 2011-12: The Committee will take evidence on its Budget Strategy 2011-12, in roundtable format, from—

Pat Armstrong, Executive Director, Association of Chief Officers of Scottish Voluntary Organisations;
Jon Harris, Strategic Director, COSLA;
Colin Mair, Chief Executive, Improvement Service;
Paul Barton, Head of Equalities Development, Equalities and Planning Directorate, NHS Health Scotland;
Liz Rowlett, Senior Policy, Information and Parliamentary officer, Scottish Disability Equality Forum, and member of SCVO policy committee;
Claire Monaghan, Portfolio lead for Equalities, Justice and Human Rights, Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers;

and then from—

Dr Maurice Manning, President, and Éamonn Mac Aodha, Chief Executive, Ireland Human Rights Commission.

4. Post-legislative scrutiny: The Committee will consider a summary of the evidence received on its scrutiny of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003.

5. Budget Strategy 2011-12: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence heard.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 May, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on its inquiry into draft budget strategy and oral evidence on its inquiry into migration and trafficking.

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

Justice Committee
20 April 2010
13th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 3, 4 and 5 in private.

2. Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 4).

3. Powers of Entry etc. Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider legislative consent memorandum LCM(S3) 29.1.

4. Powers of Entry etc. Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider a draft report on legislative consent memorandum LCM(S3) 29.1.

5. Law Reform Working Group: The Committee will consider a letter from the Parliamentary Bureau on the report of the Law Reform Working Group, referring to scrutiny of the Scottish Law Commission reports .

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 27 April, it is expected that the Committee will continue its Stage 2 consideration of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill. This meeting is expected to adjourn for lunch at approximately 12.30 pm and then reconvene from 2 pm until around 4 pm.

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

European and External Relations Committee
20 April 2010
6th Meeting, 2010

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 5, 6 and 7 in private.

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

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Minister for Culture and External Affairs, Donald Henderson, Deputy Director Europe and Head of EU Office, and Paul Cackette, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

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

4. European Commission Work Programme 2010: The Committee will consider its approach to undertaking work in relation to the European Commission’s Work Programme.

5. EU Budget Review inquiry: The Committee will consider a position paper.

6. Europe 2020 inquiry: The Committee will consider a draft report.

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

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider issues arising from its Treaty of Lisbon inquiry.

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

End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill Committee
20 April 2010
2nd Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 12.30 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 2 and 3 in private and whether to consider its approach to its Stage 1 scrutiny of the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill in private at future meetings.

2. End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill - appointment of adviser: The Committee will consider a draft remit, personal specifications and a list of candidates for the post of adviser.

3. End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to its Stage 1 scrutiny of the Bill.

Proposed future business

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

Public Petitions Committee
20 April 2010
6th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Consideration of new petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions—

PE1319 Improving youth football
The Committee will take evidence from William Smith and Scott Robertson
PE1322 Dance teaching and coaching in schools and colleges
The Committee will take evidence from Jacqueline Campbell, Sybil Simpson and Kenneth Burke
PE1308 Publicly funded trade missions to Israel
The Committee will take evidence from Asid Khan
PE1324 Israel’s Contribution to Medicine, Science and Technology’ exhibition at the Scottish Parliament
PE1309 Protection of vulnerable livestock
PE1320 Amending planning circular 3/2009
PE1321 Management of Gypsy/Traveller sites

2. Consideration of current petitions: Not before 3.30pm

The Committee will consider the following current petitions—

PE1089 Harmful exposure to hazardous toxins
PE1105 St Margaret of Scotland Hospice
PE1108 Provision on the NHS of cancer treatment drugs
PE1115 National and regional transport strategies
PE1169 Display of sexually graphic magazines and newspapers
PE1196 Tail docking
PE1230 Tail docking
PE1220 GP dispensing
PE1229 Processing of biological information
PE1232 St Andrew’s Medal
PE1241 Review of contract: HMP Kilmarnock
PE1245 Independence of self-funded tenants of sheltered housing
PE1247 Introduction of "McKenzie Friend" in Scottish courts
PE1273 Overnight running of freight trains on the Stirling-Alloa-Kincardine railway line
PE1302 Larbert rail noise and vibration
PE1295 The planning system and the protection of national scenic areas
PE1180 Further education provision for students with complex needs
PE1298 Screening and diagnosis of Haemochromatosis – Iron Overload

3. Notification of new petitions: The Committee will consider a paper indicating new petitions lodged since the last Committee meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on stopping the illegal killing of birds of prey; erection of a statue of Thomas Muir and community centres for Scottish Shia Muslims. It is also expected that the Committee will further consider current petitions on publication of criminal memoirs; Stirling before pylons; review of the Stewart Committee Report; review of guidelines to allow healthy gay and bisexual men to donate blood; healthcare for Gulf war veterans; befriending services; acquired brain injury services; party flats; convicted police officers; pre-NHS negligence compensation; amendment of Section 51 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005; solicitors acting as court reporters; fairer funding framework for the voluntary sector; regulation of houses in multiple occupation; human rights for dairy farmers; retirement of Justices of the Peace; national youth volunteering policy; request another police force to investigate complaint; access to justice; safeguard funding of charities; extension of bowel cancer screening programme; provision of local authority public petitioning processes; male victims of domestic abuse/violence.

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

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
20 April 2010
10th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Inquiry into the relationship between transport and land use planning policies: The Committee will take evidence from—

Derek Halden, Director, DH Consultancy;
Professor Angela Hull, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University.

2. Budget Strategy 2011-12: The Committee will take evidence on the Budget Strategy 2011-12 from—

Professor David Gray, Centre for Transport Policy, The Robert Gordon University;
Professor Iain Docherty, Senior Lecturer, Department of Management, University of Glasgow;

and then from—

Steve Montgomery, Managing Director, and Kenny McPhail, Finance Director and Deputy Managing Director, First ScotRail;
George Mair, Director, and Paul White, Public Affairs Executive, Confederation of Public Transport Scotland.

3. High-speed rail services: The Committee will consider its response to recent developments on the issue of high-speed rail services.

4. Inquiry into the relationship between transport and land use planning policies - witness expenses: The Committee will be invited to delegate to the Convener responsiblity for arranging for the SPCB to pay, under Rule 12.4.3, any expenses of witnesses in the inquiry.

5. Budget Strategy 2011-12- witness expenses: The Committee will be invited to delegate to the Convener responsiblity for arranging for the SPCB to pay, under Rule 12.4.3, any expenses of those witnesses giving evidence.

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

the Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Renfrewshire Council) Designation Order 2010 (SSI2010/96);
the Parking Attendants (Wearing of Uniforms) (Renfrewshire Council Parking Area) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/97); and
the Road Traffic (Parking Adjudicators) (Renfrewshire Council) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/98).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 27 April, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Budget Strategy 2011-12.

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
20 April 2010
5th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 3 and 4 in private.

2. Cross-Party Group: The Committee will consider an application for recognition from the proposed Cross-Party Group on Fairtrade.

3. Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner: The Committee will consider a request for a direction from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

4. Accuracy of contributions in parliamentary proceedings: The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider further its inquiry into Financial Resolutions and its inquiry into the report of the Commission on Scottish Devolution.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
20 April 2010
12th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 in private.

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

the National Health Service (Pharmaceutical Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/128);
the Stipendiary Magistrates (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI2010/142);
the Additional Support for Learning (Appropriate Agencies) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2010 (SSI2010/143);
the Additional Support for Learning (Sources of Information) (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI2010/145).

3. Children’s Hearings (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.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 27 April, it is expected that the Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

Finance Committee
20 April 2010
10th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.30 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Budget Strategy 2011-12: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Budget Strategy 2011-12 from—

Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland;
Caroline Gardner, Deputy Auditor General;
Sir John Arbuthnott, author of Clyde Valley Review of Joint Working and Shared Services;
Ben Thomson, Chairman, Reform Scotland;
Jack Perry, former Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise;

and then from—

Don Peebles, Policy and Technical Manager, CIPFA;
Martin Southern, Senior Consultant, BT Scotland;
Colin Mair, Chief Executive, Improvement Service;
Professor John Seddon, Vanguard Consultants;
Anne Houston, Chief Executive, Children 1st.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 27 April, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on its inquiry into efficient public services.

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

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