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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

Justice 1 Committee

2 February 2005

3rd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Declaration of interests: Mr Jamie Stone will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Subordinate legislation: Hugh Henry MSP, Deputy Minister for Justice, to move the following motion—

S2M-2292 Cathy Jamieson: That the Justice 1 Committee recommends that the draft Remote Monitoring Requirements (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

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

The Solicitors (Scotland) Act 1980 (Compensation for Inadequate Professional Services) Order 2004.

4. Inquiry into the effectiveness of rehabilitation programmes in prisons (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

5. Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Bill at Stage 1.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 9 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider further a draft report on its inquiry into the effectiveness of rehabilitation programmes in prisons and also consider the International Organisations Bill (UK legislation) and subordinate legislation on prescribed police stations under the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

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

Communities Committee

2 February 2005

4th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 3 in private, and also whether to take items at future meetings on its draft report on the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 in private.

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

Johann Lamont MSP, Deputy Minister for Communities.

3. Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to its report on the Bill at Stage 1.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 9 February, the Committee will consider its draft report on the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Environment and Rural Development Committee

2 February 2005

4th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Inquiry into Climate Change: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1

Mark Akhurst, Climate Change Manager, BP plc;

Dr Stephen Garvin, Building Research Establishment, Scotland;

Dr Peter Mallaburn, Head of Government and International Affairs, the Carbon Trust;

Mike Thornton, Head (Scotland), the Energy Saving Trust;

Panel 2

Gregor Murray, the Business Environment Partnership;

Tom Hart, Committee Member, Scottish Transport Studies Group;

Daniel Kleinberg, Policy Analyst, the Scottish Council for Development and Industry;

Panel 3

Janice Pauwels, Head of Sustainable Development, the City of Edinburgh Council;

Dave Gowans, Project Director, Moray Flood Alleviation Project;

Professor James Curran, Head of Environmental Strategy, SEPA;

Professor Colin Galbraith, Director of Scientific and Advisory Services, SNH.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 9 February, the Committee will continue taking oral evidence on its inquiry into climate change. Witnesses representing the land use and transport sectors will appear before the Committee at this meeting.

The Committee will continue to take evidence on this inquiry at a further meeting on 22 February 2005. Details of witnesses attending forthcoming evidence sessions can be found on the Committee’s website. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Public Petitions Committee

2 February 2005

2nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 4 and 5 in private.

2. New Petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions—

PE804 Control over Scottish fishing industry. Carol MacDonald will make a brief statement in support of her petition accompanied by Tom Hay and Robert Mitchell.

PE806 Review of Scottish Executive policy on Community Hospitals. Len Wyse will make a brief statement in support of his petition accompanied by Professor Alexander Davison and Wendy Frost.

PE811 Planning permission for the erection of 96ft GSM-R communication masts in residential areas. Mark Mulholland will make a brief statement in support of his petition accompanied by Ken McInnes and William Galloway.

PE803 Amendment to the Scottish Parliament’s Standing Orders relating to the text of public petitions.

PE805 Review of the National Parks (Scotland) Bill including the performance of national park authorities.

PE807 Inquiry into the influence of supermarkets in the food chain.

3. Current Petitions: The Committee will further consider the following current petitions—

PE486 Projects to help sex offenders avoid re-offending. The Committee will consider any action to be taken on this petition.

PE571 Requirement for Health Boards in Scotland to integrate complementary medicine within the NHS. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE655 Cardiac care at Yorkhill hospital. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE713 Guidance for local authorities and public bodies regarding the consideration of public petitions. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE745 Accountability and responsibilities of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and the petitioner.

PE748 Retaining the Livestock Improvement Scheme. The Committee will consider a response from the Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

PE751 Inquiry into the procedures and practices of the Scottish Legal Aid Board. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Legal Aid Board and the petitioner.

PE782 Modernising the treason law in the United Kingdom. The Committee will consider a response from the Law Commission of England and Wales.

4. Re-submission of public petitions: The Committee will consider a draft report.

5. Witness expenses: The Committee will consider claims for witness expenses.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 23 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider the petitions on mental health services for deaf and deafblind people in Scotland; right of appeal regarding planning applications; rod licence system on the Border Esk; funding for therapeutic work initiatives; parking at Scottish airports; school closures and mergers; Code of Conduct for Councillors 2003; Food for Good Charter; protection of greenbelt land; global campaign for education; Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act and spreading of sewage sludge.

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

The Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee

2 February 2005

2nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 3

1. Draft Preliminary Stage report (in private): The Committee will consider its 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 the Bulletin.



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