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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 webpages, which can be accessed at:

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

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Part 1 Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003: Draft Guidance for Local Authorities and National Park Authorities (SE/2004/276).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

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;

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. 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 January, the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill. 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 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

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