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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
25 January 2011
2nd Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft legacy report should be taken in private at future meetings.

2. Oral evidence on SPCB Annual Equalities Report 2009/10: The Committee will take evidence from—

Mike Pringle MSP, Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, Colin Chisholm, Head of Human Resources, and Aneela McKenna, Equalities Manager, Scottish Parliament.

3. Appointment of EU Reporter: The Committee will appoint a member to serve as EU Reporter during the pilot of an early warning system for consideration of EU legislative proposals.

4. Forced Marriage etc. (Protection and Jurisdiction) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 22 February, the Committee will consider a draft legacy report.

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

Justice Committee
25 January 2011
3rd Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Long Leases (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Donald Reid, and Lionel Most, Members, Conveyancing Committee, Law Society of Scotland;

Kenneth Swinton, Council Member and Convener of Conveyancing Committee, and Rab Forman, Council Member, Scottish Law Agents Society;

Christopher Haddow QC, and John Robertson, Faculty of Advocates;

and then from—

David Melhuish, Director, and Alan Cook, Chair, Commercial Committee, Scottish Property Federation;

Richard Blake, Legal Advisor, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association.

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

the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/461);

the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/462).

3. Long Leases (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the oral evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

4. Double Jeopardy (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 1 February 2011, it is expected that the Committee will continue its evidence taking on the Long Leases (Scotland) Bill.

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

Finance Committee
25 January 2011
4th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on its Scottish Variable Rate inquiry should be taken in private at future meetings.

2. Scottish Variable Rate inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Andy Kerr MSP, Tom McCabe MSP, and Jack McConnell MSP, former Finance Ministers;

and then from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, and Richard Dennis, Head of Civil Law Division, Scottish Government.

Proposed future business

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

Public Petitions Committee
25 January 2011
2nd Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

PE1273 Overnight running of freight trains and

PE1302 Larbert rail noise and vibration. The Committee will take evidence from—

Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Scottish Government;

John O’Neill, Coal Trading Manager, Scottish Power;

Ron McAulay, Network Rail Director Scotland;

Neil McDonald,Managing Director, Industrial, D B Schenker;

Mac West, Roads and Transportation Manager, Clackmannanshire Council; and

Anne Massie and Colin Sloper, Petitioners.

PE1236 A90/A937. The Committee will take evidence from—

Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Scottish Government.; and

David Anderson and Hugh Gillies, Transport Scotland .

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

PE1381 Education provision for children and young people absent from school due to illness

PE1382 Review and strengthen the Schools Consultation (Scotland) Act 2010 and accompanying guidance

PE1383 Better protection for wild land

PE1384 Giving Voice – speech and language therapy transforms lives

PE1385 Improving the lives of children with asthma across Scotland

PE1386 Establishment of further static gear only inshore fisheries

PE1387 Support for the interpretation of the Battle of Prestonpans

PE1388 Repeal of the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980

3. Consideration of current petitions: The Committee will consider the following current petitions—

PE1056 DVT

PE1098 Mandatory fitting of seat belts on school buses

PE1223 School bus safety

PE1167 Befriending services

PE1220 GP dispensing

PE1239 Same sex marriage

PE1289 Simplification of Disclosure Scotland procedures

PE1359 Improve mobile phone coverage in rural areas

PE1363 Apology to Gypsy/Traveller community

PE1370 Justice for Megrahi

PE1371 Scottish football - corporate governance

PE1374 Jobs for teachers

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 8 February, the Committee expects to further consider current petitions on ban on snares; services for Myoclonic Dystonia sufferers; supporting "Our Charter - Quarriers Charter for Young Homeless People"; safe guardian law; NHS availability of low dose Naltrexone; Disadvantaged Scottish Gypsy Travellers and the settled community; Amendment to Section 51 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005; human rights for dairy farmers; helping the emergency services to save lives of at risk rural patients; beneficiary under Succession Law; Amending Planning Circular 3/2009; dance teaching and coaching in schools and colleges; Save our West Highland wild salmon and sea trout; access to justice in environmental matters; public body accountability to third parties in the private sector; ban kangaroo meat and products from Scotland; ban the presence of free methanol in all manufactured products in our diet; reform of Community Council laws and procedures; silicone brease implants - rupture awareness; national and regional transport strategies; and the planning system and the protection of national scenic areas.

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

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
25 January 2011
2nd Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Low Carbon Scotland: Public Engagement Strategy: The Committee will take evidence from—

Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Bob Irvine, Deputy Director, Scottish Water and Climate Change, Mary Mowat, Communications Manager, Public Engagement Strategy, Climate Change Act, and Paul Tyrer, Principal Research Officer, Environment, Scottish Government.

2. Transport issues related to recent severe weather conditions:

Keith Brown MSP, Minister for Transport and Infrastructure, Jim Barton, Chief Road Engineer and Director of Trunk Road and Bus Operations, Transport Scotland, and Frances Duffy, Director, Rail, Scottish Government.

3. Appointment of EU Reporter: The Committee will appoint a member to serve as EU Reporter during the pilot of an early warning system for consideration of EU legislative proposals.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 8 February, the Committee will take evidence on its consideration of road safety and young drivers.

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

Scotland Bill Committee
25 January 2011
3rd Meeting, 2011

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 item 3 in private.

2. Scotland Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will take evidence from—

Derek Allen, Director of Taxation, and Bruce Cartwright, Convener of Technical Policy Board, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland;

David Bennett, Consultant, Gillespie Macandrew and a member of the Company Law and Insolvency Committee of the Law Society of Scotland;

Evlynne Gilvary, Chief Executive and Registrar, General Dental Council;

Joseph McIntyre, Director of Dental Technology Training, Dental Technologists for Scotland;

Marc Seale, Chief Executive, Health Professions Council;

Duncan Rudkin, Chief Executive and Registrar, General Pharmaceutical Council;

Isobel D’Inverno, Director of Corporate Tax, Brodies, Convener of the Tax Law Sub-Committee of the Law Society of Scotland;

and then from—

Ben Thomson, Chairman, Reform Scotland;

and then from—

John Aldridge, Former Head of Finance, Scottish Executive Health Department;

John Whiting, Tax Policy Director, Chartered Institute of Taxation;

Deborah Lovell, Partner, Anderson Strathern and member of the Conveyancing Committee of the Law Society of Scotland.

3. Work programme: The Committee will review its work programme.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 1 February, the Committee expects to consider the Scotland Bill and its work programme.

The Committee will continue to take evidence on the Scotland Bill at subsequent meetings.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
25 January 2011
2nd Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 7, 8 and 9 in private.

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

the Public Appointments and Public Bodies etc. (Scotland) Act 2003 (Amendment of Specified Authorities) (No.2) Order 2011 (SSI 2011/draft);

the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Act 2002 Amendment Order 2011 (SSI 2011/draft);

the Retention of Samples etc. (Children’s Hearings) (Scotland) Order 2011 (SSI 2011/draft).

3. Draft negative instrument: The Committee will consider the following—

the Disposal of Court Records (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/draft).

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

the Community Payback Orders (Prescribed Persons for Consultation) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/1);

the Restriction of Liberty Order and Restricted Movement Requirement (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/3);

the Council Tax (Discounts) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2011 (SSI 2011/5).

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

the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 (Commencement) Order 2011 (SSI 2011/4 (C.1));

the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Commencement No.1) Order 2011 (SSI 2011/8 (C2.));

the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 (Commencement No.2 and Transitional Provision) Order 2011 (SSI 2011/17 (C.3)).

6. Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Act 2009: The Committee will consider motion S3M-7736 and the accompanying executive note.

7. Scotland Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Scotland Bill (UK Parliament legislation).

8. Long Leases (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the contents of a draft report.

9. Budget (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider 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 1 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider Scottish statutory instruments.

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

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
26 January 2011
3rd Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

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

2. A fundamental review of the purpose of an enterprise agency and the success of the recent reforms : The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Ian Wall FRICS Hon FRIAS, Vice Chair, SURF;

Professor Mark Shucksmith, Professor of Planning and Director of Research and Consultancy, Newcastle University.

3. UK Energy Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will take evidence on legislative consent memorandum LCM(S3) 31.1 from—

Norman Kerr, Director, Energy Action Scotland;

David Stewart, Policy and Strategy Manager, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations;

Elizabeth Leighton, Senior Policy Officer, WWF Scotland - giving evidence on behalf of Scottish Environment LINK.

4. Appointment of EU Reporter: The Committee will appoint a member to serve as EU Reporter during the pilot of an early warning system for consideration of EU legislative proposals

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 2 February, the Committee expects to consider oral evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on its enterprise network inquiry and from the Minister for Housing & Communities on the UK Energy Bill.

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

Local Government and Communities Committee
26 January 2011
3rd Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Property Factors (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2).

Not before 11.00 am

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Non-Domestic Rates (Levying) (Scotland) (No.3) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/441) from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Colin Brown, Senior Principal Legal Officer, and Graham Owenson, Team Leader, Local Government - Finance, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: Jeremy Purvis MSP to move S3M-7629—

That the Local Government and Communities Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Non-Domestic Rates (Levying) (Scotland) (No.3) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/441).

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

the Non-Domestic Rates (Levying) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/440);

the Non-Domestic Rate (Scotland) (No 2) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/457).

5. Appointment of EU Reporter: The Committee will appoint a member to serve as EU Reporter during the pilot of an early warning system for consideration of EU legislative proposals.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 2 February, the Committee expects to consider

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

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
26 January 2011
3rd Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Review of teacher education in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

Graham Donaldson, Leader, and Graeme Logan, Professional Adviser, Review of Teacher Education in Scotland.

2. Appointment of EU Reporter: The Committee will appoint a member to serve as EU Reporter during the pilot of an early warning system for consideration of EU legislative proposals.

3. The future of schools management in Scotland - 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 scoping exercise.

4. Public Records (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 2 February, the Committee expects to hold a round-table discussion with a range of stakeholders on the future of school management in Scotland.

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

Public Audit Committee
26 January 2011
2nd Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Section 23 report - Review of orthopaedic services: The Committee will consider a formal response from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to the Committee’s report entitled "Review of orthopaedic services".

2. Section 23 Report - The Gathering 2009 (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to written evidence and a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s Report entitled "The Gathering 2009".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 2 February 2011, it is expected that the Committee will consider further briefings from the Auditor General for Scotland in relation to reports he has recently published.

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

Health and Sport Committee
26 January 2011
2nd Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 11.30 am in Committee Room 2

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

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

the Flavourings in Food (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/439).

3. Appointment of EU Reporter: The Committee will, alongside consideration of recent European matters, appoint a member to serve as EU Reporter during the pilot of an early warning system for consideration of EU legislative proposals.

4. PE953: The Committee will consider a Petition by Ms Jean Gall, on behalf of the Scottish Association of Sleep Apnoea, calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to increase awareness, promote the proper diagnosis and treatment and provide sufficient resources, including adequately funded sleep centres, to tackle the health problems associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 23 February, the Committee expects to consider subordinate legislation.

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

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