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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

Audit Committee
31 May 2005
11th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda item 6 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 reports by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled—

The 2003-04 Audit of Lews Castle College;

The 2003-04 Audit of West Lothian College; and

The 2003-04 Audit of Inverness College.

2. Debates in Parliament: The Committee will consider options for debating the work of the Committee in the Chamber.

3. AGS Section 22 Report on Argyll and Clyde Health Board Accounts: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive to its 1 st Report 2005 entitled “The 2003/04 Accounts of NHS Argyll and Clyde”.

4. Commissioning Community Care Services for Older People and Management of Community Equipment: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive to its 2 nd Report 2005 entitled “Community Care”.

5. Accounts Commission: The Committee will take evidence on the overview of the local authority audits 2004 from—

Alastair MacNish, Chairman of the Accounts Commission; Caroline Gardner, Deputy Auditor General and Controller of Audit, David Pia, Director of Performance Audit Local Government, Gordon Smail, Senior Manager, Performance Audit and Bill Magee, Secretary, Audit Scotland.

6. AGS Section 22 Reports: The Committee will consider arrangements for its inquiry into the section 22 reports by the Auditor General for Scotland entitled-

The 2003-04 Audit of Lews Castle College;

The 2003-04 Audit of West Lothian College; and

The 2003-04 Audit of Inverness College.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 14 June and its meeting on 28 June it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from Accountable Officers on its inquiry into the Section 22 Reports entitled - The 2003-04 Audit of Lews Castle College, The 2003-04 Audit of West Lothian College and The 2003-04 Audit of Inverness College. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
31 May 2005
18th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Executive responses: The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive to points raised on the following—

the Mental Health (Safeguards for Certain Informal Patients) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/draft);

the Common Agricultural Policy Single Farm Payment and Support Schemes (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/257);

the Additional Support for Learning (Appropriate Agency Request Period and Exceptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/264);

the Additional Support for Learning (Changes in School Education) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/265); and

the Additional Support for Learning (Co-ordinated Support Plan) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/266).

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

the Dentists Act 1984 (Amendment) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/draft).

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

the Right to Purchase (Prescribed Persons) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2005, (SSI 2005/275).

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

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.3) (Scotland) Revocation Order 2005, (SSI 2005/272);

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.8) (Scotland) Order 2004 Revocation Order 2005, (SSI 2005/273); and

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.9) (Scotland) Order 2004 Revocation Order 2005, (SSI 2005/274).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 June, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2. For further details, please contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Standards and Public Appointments Committee
31 May 2005
4th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 6 and 7 in private.

2. Cross-Party Group on Scottish Writing and Publishing: The Committee will consider an application to establish a Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Scottish Writing and Publishing.

3. Cross-Party Group on Glasgow Crossrail: The Committee will consider an application to establish a Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Glasgow Crossrail.

4. Annual report: TheCommittee will consider whether to endorse its Annual Report for 2004-2005.

5. Complaints process: The Committee will resume its consideration of the complaints process.

6. Complaints: The Committee will undertake its initial consideration of reports from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

7. Complaint: TheCommittee will consider administrative arrangements for the handling of a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

Proposed future business

The Committee expects to continue its consideration of reports from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, its review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs and its work on replacing the Members’ Interests Order at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of this Bulletin.

Enterprise and Culture Committee
31 May 2005
13th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Inquiry into Scottish football: The Committee will take evidence from—

David Taylor, Chief Executive, Scottish Football Association;

Lex Gold, Executive Chairman, Scottish Premier League; and

Peter Donald, Secretary, Scottish Football League.

2. Inquiry into business growth: The Committee will take evidence from—

Frank Blin, Head of UK Research and Bruce Cartwright, Partner, Business Recovery Services, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

3. Inquiry into business growth (in private): The Committee will consider specific locations for fact-findings visits as part of its inquiry into business growth.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 14 June, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Minister from Tourism, Culture and Sport as part of its inquiry into Scottish football. The Committee also expects to take evidence from various witnesses as part of its inquiry into business growth. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Health Committee
31 May 2005
16th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Subordinate legislation: Rhona Brankin, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care, to move motion S2M-2850—That the Health Committee recommends that the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No. 4) (Scotland) Order 2005 be approved.

2. Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 3).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 June, the Committee will continue consideration of the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2. Specifically, the Committee will complete Part 5, considering sections 31 and 32 on joint ventures. The Committee will also consider sections 33 to 36 of Part 6, and schedules 2 and 3.

At its meeting on 14 June, the Committee will consider Part 1 on the prohibition of smoking in certain wholly enclosed places. Finally, the Committee will consider Part 6, section 37 on commencement.

Deadlines for submission of amendments for these meetings is the Thursday before the meeting at noon. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of this Bulletin.

Justice 2 Committee
31 May 2005
8th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

2. Youth Justice Inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 14 June, it is expected that the Committee will consider written updates from the Scottish Executive on enactment of the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000 and the Prisoner Escort and Court Custody Contract. It will also consider an outline programme for its away day and the draft Fire (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Modifications and Amendments) Order 2005. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of this Bulletin.

Local Government and Transport Committee
31 May 2005
19th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Tendering of ferry services in the Clyde and Hebrides: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Jeanette Findlay, Department of Economics, University of Glasgow.

2. Licensing (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 June, it is expected that the Committee will consider a further draft of its Stage 1 report on the Licensing (Scotland) Bill. The Committee expects to consider petitions at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 1 Committee
1 June 2005
18th 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

Gary Strachan;

Panel 2

Alan Finlayson OBE, Child Law Consultant; and

Panel 3

Hugh Henry MSP, Deputy Minister for Justice.

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

the Confirmation to Small Estates (Scotland) Order 2005, SSI 2005/251; and

the Prior Rights of Surviving Spouse (Scotland) Order 2005, SSI 2005/252.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 June, it is expected that the Committee will consider the oral evidence received as part of its consideration at Stage 1 .

The Committee expects to continue to consider the Family Law (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1, at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Waverley Railway (Scotland) Bill Committee
1 June 2005
7th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 6

1. Consideration of late objections: The Committee will consider a paper on late objections to the Bill.

2. Preliminary consideration of objections: TheCommittee will consider a paper on the preliminary consideration of objections.

3. Oral evidence on the general principles of the Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1

Councillor David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council;

Councillor Adam Montgomery, Leader of Midlothian Council; and

Councillor Keith McIntosh, Midlothian Council.

Panel 2

Allan Lundmark, Director of Planning and Communications, Homes for Scotland.

Panel 3

John Rae, General Manager of Operations (South East), Scottish Water; and

Atholl Duncan, Head of Corporate Affairs, Scottish Water.

Panel 4

Lesley Martin, Assistant Head of Planning and Implementation, Scottish Borders Council;

David Williamson, Head of Planning, Strategic Services, Midlothian Council; and

Paul McCartney, Senior Economist, Halcrow.

Panel 5

Councillor David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council;

Councillor Adam Montgomery, Leader of Midlothian Council; and

Councillor Jim Muirhead, Midlothian Council.

Panel 6

Paul McCartney, Senior Economist, Halcrow;

Keith Wallace, Director of Projects, Scott Wilson Railways;

Lesley Martin, Assistant Head of Planning and Implementation, Scottish Borders Council; and

David Williamson, Head of Planning, Strategic Services, Midlothian Council.

4. Bill notification arrangements: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 7

Councillor David Parker, Leader of Scottish Borders Council; and

Councillor Adam Montgomery, Leader of Midlothian Council.

Panel 8

Ian Davis, Legal Director, Registers of Scotland; and

Mike Traynor, Information Director, Registers of Scotland.

Panel 9

Alison Gorlov, Parliamentary Agent, John Kennedy & Co;

David F ish, Principal Surveyor and Quality Manager, LandAspects; and

Ashley Parry Jones, Referencing Manager, LandAspects.

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.