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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

Communities Committee
18 May 2005
16th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Housing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Panel 1
Louise Goulbourne, Social Policy Co-ordinator and Sandra Blake, Manager of Edinburgh Central Citizens Advice Bureau, Citizens Advice Scotland

Martyn Evans, Director, Scottish Consumer Council

Panel 2
Cathy King, Head of Care Housing, Edinburgh City Council and Colin McCrae, Principal Housing Officer, Dundee City Council, representatives of COSLA

Jenny Duncan, NUS Scotland’s Women’s Officer and Keith Robson
Director, National Union of Students (NUS) Scotland

Panel 3
Lucy Burnett, Parliamentary Officer, Friends of the Earth Scotland and the Association for the Conservation of Energy

Mike Thornton, Head, Energy Savings Trust Scotland

Norman Kerr, Director, Energy Action Scotland

Panel 4
Donald Fullarton, Vice-President, Mervyn Toshner, SABSM Management Committee Member and Robert Renton, Building Standards Consultant to SABSM, Scottish Association of Building Standards Managers (SABSM)

Panel 5
Brian Doick, President, National Association for Park Home Residents

Colin Fraser, Scottish Director and Chairman, British Holiday and Home Park Association

Liz Nicholson, Director and Grainia Long, Policy Manager, Shelter Scotland

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 May, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Housing (Scotland) Bill and consider sub ordinate legislation on Fireworks. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 1 Committee
18 May 2005
15th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 1

1. Family Law (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from the following witnesses—

Panel 1
Jennifer Turpie, Director of Research and Policy, Children in Scotland; and

Maggie Mellon, Director of Children and Family Services, Children 1st,

Panel 2
Dr Martin Crapper, Vice-Chair, Families Need Fathers;

Jimmy Deuchars, Grandparents Apart Self-Help Group; and

Frank Collins, Director, Stepfamily Scotland,

Panel 3
Heather Coady, National Children’s Rights Worker, Scottish Women’s Aid; and

Jean Mackenzie, Women’s Support Worker, Scottish Women’s Aid.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 May, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Family Law (Scotland) Bill from Professor Eric Clive, Professor Paul Beaumont, Professor Rebecca Bailey-Harris, the Family Law Association and the Law Society of Scotland .

The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on the Family Law (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Education Committee
18 May 2005
8th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Pupil motivation inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1
George MacBride, Convener of Education Committee, Educational Institute of Scotland;

Victor Topping, Executive Member for Scotland, National Association of Schoolmasters/Union of Women Teachers in Scotland;

Mark Challinor, Professional Officer, Professional Association of Teachers;

David Eaglesham, General Secretary, Scottish Secondary Teachers’ Association; and

Panel 2
Vicki Aldridge, Teaching Fellow, The Moray House School of Education;

Dr Judith McClure, Head, St. George’s School for Girls, Edinburgh;

Bryan McLachlan, Principal Teacher, Netherlee Primary School, East Renfrew;

Don Ledingham, Head Teacher, Dunbar Grammar School.

2. Pupil motivation inquiry: The Committee will discuss the issues raised in today’s evidence.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 May, the Committee plans to consider the draft Additional Support for Learning code of practice.

The Committee will continue to take evidence on its pupil motivation inquiry at subsequent meetings. The Committee is conducting an inquiry into early years education and childcare and will take evidence later in the year. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
18 May 2005
14th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received to date at Stage 1.

Not before 10.30 am

2. Subordinate legislation: Mr Brian Monteith MSP to move motion S2M-2781— That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Horse Passports (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/223).

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

the Land Management Contracts (Menu Scheme) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/225).

Not before 11.30 am

4. Subordinate legislation: Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development to move motion S2M-2747 —That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the Farm Business Development (Scotland) Variation Scheme 2005 (SSI 2005/219) be approved.

5. Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development; and

Malcolm Chisholm MSP, Minister for Communities.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 May, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development on the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 Annual Report to the Parliament 2004 and will consider the draft Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005. It will also consider (in private) a draft Stage 1 report on the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to take evidence on Phase 2 of its inquiry into rural development at its meetings in June. 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
18 May 2005
6th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Consideration Stage: The Committee will consider a paper on Witness lists and Witness Summaries, final groupings and lead objectors, and a timetable for oral evidence-taking.

2. Oral evidence-taking: The Committee will consider a paper on the process for oral evidence-taking at the first phase of Consideration Stage.

Proposed future business

At future meetings, the Committee will continue its scrutiny of the detail of the Bill at Consideration Stage.



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