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Section C – Future Committee Meetings

This section includes the agendas of forthcoming committee meetings and outlines proposed future business. The latter 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 web pages, which can be accessed at:

http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/business/committees/index.htm

Audit Committee

11 January 2005

1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. AGS Section 22 Report on Argyll and Clyde Health Board Accounts (in private): The Committee will consider lines of questioning for the witnesses at agenda item 4.

2. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 7 and 8 in private. It will also consider whether to take in private at its next meeting consideration of lines of questioning in relation to its inquiry into the section 22 report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "The 2003/04 Audit of Argyll and Clyde Health Board."

3. NHS Financial Performance Overview: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Overview of the Financial Performance of the NHS in Scotland" (AGS/2004/12).

4. AGS Section 22 Report on Argyll and Clyde Health Board Accounts: The Committee will take evidence from-

Mr Trevor Jones, former Head of Scottish Executive Health Department and Chief Executive of the NHS in Scotland, and Mr John Aldridge, Finance Director, Finance and Central Services Department, Scottish Executive and former Director of Performance Management and Finance at the Scottish Executive Health Department.

5. Medical Equipment: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive to the Committee’s report on its inquiry into the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled Better Equipped to Care? – follow-up report on managing medical equipment (AGS/2004/2).

6. Maintaining Scotland’s roads: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive on the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Maintaining Scotland’s roads" (AGS/2004/11).

7. NHS Financial Performance Overview: The Committee will consider its approach to the report by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled "Overview of the Financial Performance of the NHS in Scotland" (AGS/2004/12).

8. AGS Section 22 Report on Argyll and Clyde Health Board Accounts: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 4. The Committee will also consider further arrangements for this inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 January, the Committee will continue to take evidence on its inquiry into the AGS Section 22 Report on Argyll and Clyde Health Board Accounts.

The Committee is also planning to receive briefings on a number of AGS Section 22 reports at a future meeting. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of this Bulletin.

Equal Opportunities Committee

11 January 2005

1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will hear evidence at Stage 1 from—

Councillor Irene Graham, Moira McKinnon, Ann Marie Mullaney and Jean Murphy, Glasgow City Council

2. Proposed Commissioner for Older People (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a statement of reasons for not consulting on the draft proposal and will take evidence from—

Alex Neil MSP; and

Claire Menzies Smith, Non-Executive Bills Unit, the Scottish Parliament.

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

the Race Relations Act 1976 (Statutory Duties) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2004, (SSI 2004/521).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 Jan, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from Amnesty International, Save the Children, the Scottish Refugee Council, the World Health Organisation, British Association of Plastic Surgeons, Royal College of Midwives and Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists on the Female Genital Mutilation (Scotland) Bill and from Capability Scotland, the Disability Rights Commission, Enable and Inclusion Scotland on the Disability Discrimination Bill, which is currently before the UK Parliament;

The Committee will continue to take evidence on the Female Genital Mutilation Bill at subsequent meetings. The Committee will also continue its inquiry into Disability. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of this Bulletin.

Finance Committee

11 January 2005

1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private and whether to take a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Transport (Scotland) Bill in private at its next meeting.

2. Relocation of Public Sector Jobs: Following on from its inquiry and report in 2004, the Committee will take further evidence on the relocation of public sector jobs from—

Tavish Scott MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform; and Leslie Evans, Head of Public Services Group, David Robb, Head of Public Bodies Unit and Morris Fraser, Public Bodies Unit.

3. Public Administration Select Committee’s Inquiry into Civil Service Effectiveness: The Committee will consider further papers from the Clerk prior to taking evidence on 18 and 25 January 2005.

4. Witness Expenses: The Committee will be invited to agree to the payment of witness expenses and to delegate to the Convener responsibility for considering claims for expenses under Rule 12.4.3.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 January, it is expected that the Committee will: consider the financial memorandum of the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill, taking oral evidence from the Scottish Council of Voluntary Organisations and from Scottish Executive officials; take oral evidence from civil service trade unions on the Committee’s input into the Public Administration Select Committee’s (PASC) Inquiry into Civil Service Effectiveness; consider issues arising from its Cross-cutting review on Economic Development and consider a draft report.

The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on its input into the PASC’s inquiry at subsequent meetings. The Committee is also planning to monitor the Executive’s Efficient Government plan throughout the year. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of this Bulletin.

Subordinate Legislation Committee

11 January 2005

1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following Bill—

Transport (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

the Remote Monitoring Requirements (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (draft).

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

the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Devolved Public Bodies) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/543);

the Sweeteners in Food Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/548);

the Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980 (Compensation for Inadequate Professional Services) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/550); and

the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Notice of Potential Liability for Costs) Amendment Order 2004, (SSI 2004/552).

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

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (Orkney) (No. 4) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2004, (SSI 2004/547);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 10) (Scotland) Partial Revocation Order 2004, (SSI 2004/549); and

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 7) (Scotland) Partial Revocation Order 2004, (SSI 2004/553).

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

the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Act 2002 (Commencement No. 8) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/546);

the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003 (Commencement No.1) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/556); and

the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Commencement No.2) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/558).

The Edinburgh Tram (Line One) Bill Committee

11 January 2005

1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Oral evidence on the adequacy of the accompanying documents: The Committee will take evidence from –

Panel 1

Mrs Odell Milne, Wester Coates Terrace Action Group;

Alison Bourne;

Kristina Woolnough, Blackhall Community Association;

Panel 2

Lily Linge, Heritage Planning Manager, Historic Scotland;

Amanda Chisholm, SHE Team Leader, Scottish Natural Heritage;

David Campbell, Team Leader, Scottish Environment Protection Agency;

Panel 3

Karen Raymond, Director, ERM;

Steve Mitchell, Principal Consultant, ERM;

Andy Coates, Principal Consultant, ERM; and

Stuart Turnbull, Divisional Director, Jacobs Babtie.

2. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to consider its draft Preliminary Stage Report in private at future meetings.

Proposed future business

At future meetings, the Committee will continue its consideration of the Bill at Preliminary Stage. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of this Bulletin.

Health Committee

11 January 2005

1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will receive a briefing on the Bill at Stage 1 from the following Scottish Executive officials—

Roderick Duncan, Tobacco Control Division, Bill Team Leader;

Part 1 – Prohibition of smoking in certain wholly enclosed spaces

Colin Cook, Head of Substance Misuse Division;

Mary Cuthbert, Tobacco Control Division, Team Leader;

Part 2 – General dental services, general ophthalmic services and personal dental services

Senga Robertson, Primary Care Division, Dental and Ophthalmic Services, Fraud and Disciplinary Team;

Eric Gray, Primary Care Division, Team Leader, Dental and Ophthalmic Services, Fraud and Disciplinary Team;

Dr Hamish Wilson, Head of Primary Care Division;

Part 3 – Pharmaceutical care services

Chris Naldrett, Primary Care Division, Team Leader, Pharmacy Issues Team;

Dr Hamish Wilson, Head of Primary Care Division;

Part 4 – Discipline

Senga Robertson, Primary Care Division, Dental and Ophthalmic Services, Fraud and Disciplinary Team;

Richie Malloch, Workforce and Policy Division, Team Leader, General Medical Services Team;

John Davidson, Workforce and Policy Division, General Medical Services Team;

Dr Hamish Wilson, Head of Primary Care Division;

Part 5 – Miscellaneous

Infection with hepatitis C as a result of NHS treatment

Sylvia Shearer, Health Planning and Quality Division, Team Leader, Blood Transfusion Services Branch;

Andrew MacLeod, Head of Health Planning and Quality Division;

Amendment of Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 and child care agencies and housing support services

Adam Rennie, Head of Community Care Division 2;

Diane White, Social Work Services Policy Division, Training and Development Team;

Stephen Sandham, Regeneration, Fuel Poverty and Supporting People Division, Head of Branch;

Authorisation of medical treatment

Jim Brown CBE, Head of Public Health Division; and

Joint ventures and Scottish Hospital Endowments Research Trust

Mike Baxter, Property and Capital Planning Division, Team Leader, Private Finance and Capital Unit;

Dr Hamish Wilson, Head of Primary Care Division;

Patrick McGrail, Community Care Division 2, Joint Future Team;

Mike Stevens, Deputy Director, Chief Scientist Office.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 January, the Committee will meet in Stonehaven to consider oral evidence as part of its inquiry into eating disorders.

The Committee will continue to take evidence on its inquiry into eating disorders at its meeting on 25 January. The Committee will also consider the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill for a large part of this year. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of this Bulletin.

Justice 2 Committee

11 January 2005

1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Youth Justice Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1

Bill Whyte, Director, Criminal Justice Social Work Development Centre for Scotland; and

Panel 2

Tam Baillie, Assistant Director (Policy), Barnardo’s Scotland;

David Turnbull, Assistant Director (Public Policy) and Paul Carberry, Assistant Director (Criminal Justice / Youth Justice), NCH Scotland;

Keith Simpson, Head of Service Development and Billy Nicol, Specialist Advisor, Youth Justice, SACRO; and

Olive Arens, Senior Operations Manager, Includem.

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

the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Protection of Children) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/526); and

the Fire Services (Appointments and Promotion) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/527).

3. Inquiries Bill: The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk on the Inquiries Bill currently before the UK Parliament.

4. Constitutional Reform Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Constitutional Reform Bill currently before the UK Parliament.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 January it is expected that the Committee will consider: the Fire (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2; a Sewel motion on the Inquiries Bill; and subordinate legislation on the Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2005 and the Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2005.

The Committee will continue to take evidence on its Youth Justice Inquiry and will consider the Fire (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 this Bulletin.

Local Government and Transport Committee

11 January 2005

1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 5 in private.

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

The Road User Charging (Exemption from Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/519)

3. Audit Scotland Report on Maintaining Scotland’s Roads: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1

David Pia, Director of Performance Audit, Audit Scotland; and

John Lincoln, Project Manager, Audit Scotland.

Panel 2

Jim Valentine, Head of Roads, Perth and Kinross Council, SCOTS; and

Hugh Murdoch, Head of Roads Management, Aberdeen City Council, SCOTS.

4. Railways Bill - UK Legislation: The Committee will consider the role and person specification for the post of adviser.

5. Railways Bill - UK Legislation: The Committee will consider possible candidates for the post of adviser.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 January, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Sewel Motion on the UK Railways Bill from Network Rail, the Office of Rail Regulation, the Strategic Rail Authority and the Rail Passengers Council.

The Committee expects to debate the Sewel Motion on the UK Railways Bill at the following meeting. Furthermore, the Committee expects to consider the possible contents of both its report on the Transport (Scotland) Bill and its report on its inquiry into the Transport (Scotland) Act 2001 at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of this Bulletin.

Justice 1 Committee

12 January 2005

1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Proposed bill on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day trading in Scotland: The Committee will consider the proposer’s statement of reasons for not consulting for a period of 12 weeks from the date of lodging the draft proposal for a bill to prohibit large retail premises from trading on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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

Part 1 Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003: Draft Guidance for Local Authorities and National Park Authorities (SE/2004/276).

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider correspondence in relation to the following negative instrument—

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2004 (SSI 2004/513).

4. Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider submissions of written evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1.

5. Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Robert Ovens, Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland; Douglas Keil Scottish Police Federation, and Tom Buchan, Association of Scottish Police Superintendents;

Gerard Brown, Convener of the Criminal Law Committee; Iain Fleming, member of the Criminal Law Committee, and Anne Keenan, Deputy Director of the Law Reform Department, The Law Society of Scotland;

Professor David Feldman, Director, Centre for Public Law, the University of Cambridge.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 26 January, it is expected that the Committee will consider public petition PE770 on aspects of family law and take oral evidence from the Director of Research, Cyberspace Research Unit, University of Central Lancashire, and from the Deputy Minister for Justice on the Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to continue to consider the Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings. For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of this Bulletin.

Education Committee

12 January 2005

1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 January, it is expected that the Committee will: consider a final draft of its Stage 1 report on the general principles of the Gaelic Language (Scotland) Bill; take oral evidence from Scottish Executive officials on the General Teaching Council for Scotland Election Scheme 2004 Approval Order (SSI 2004/542); be briefed by Scottish Executive officials on early years education and childcare; and discuss terms of reference for its potential inquiry into those areas.

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

The Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee

12 January 2005

1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 2 in private and whether to consider its draft Preliminary Stage report in private at future meetings.

2. Draft Preliminary Stage report: The Committee will consider a draft Preliminary Stage report.

Proposed future business

At future meetings, the Committee will continue its consideration of the Bill at Preliminary Stage. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of this Bulletin.

Communities Committee

12 January 2005

1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 4

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to discuss item 3 in private.

2. Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Panel 1

Judith Sischy, Director, Scottish Council of Independent Schools (SCIS);

Janet Allan, Principal, Donaldson’s College for the Deaf;

John Stoer, Headmaster, St Aloysius College;

Margaret Fowler, Bursar, Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School;

David Mobbs, Chief Executive, Nuffield Hospitals; and

Panel 2

Vanessa Taylor, Policy and Equalities Officer, Scottish Inter Faith Council;

Jeanette Wilson, Secretary, Scottish Churches Committee;

Ivan Middleton, Secretary, Humanist Society of Scotland.

3. The Proposed bill on housing: The Committee will consider its approach to pre-legislative work on the proposed housing bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 Jan, the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to consider the Housing (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of this Bulletin.

Environment and Rural Development Committee

12 January 2005

1st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.45 am in Committee Room 1

1. Inquiry into rural development (in private): The Committee will consider a draft programme for the inquiry.

Not before 11.30am

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

the Common Agricultural Policy Schemes (Cross-Compliance) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/518); and

the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/520)

and will take evidence from Ross Finnie MSP (Minister for Environment and Rural Development).

3. Subordinate legislation: Ross Finnie MSP (Minister for Environment and Rural Development) to move S2M-2197—That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

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

the Water Environment (Register of Protected Areas) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/516); and

the Salmonella in Laying Flocks (Sampling Powers) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/536).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 January it is expected that the Committee will receive an update from the Convener on European issues, and will take evidence from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development on the Executive’s priorities for the Luxembourg presidency of the EU. The Committee will also consider statements of reasons why further consultation is not required by:

Mark Ruskell MSP, for his proposed Liability for Release of Genetically Modified Organisms (Scotland) Bill; and

Mike Pringle MSP, for his proposed Plastic Bag Environmental Levy Bill.

The Committee expects to take evidence on its inquiry on climate change at subsequent meetings. The Committee is also planning to carry out an inquiry into rural development later in the year. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of this Bulletin



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