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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

The Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee
14 September 2005
10th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Proposed Alternative Alignments: The Committee will consider a paper on preliminary consideration of objections and the adequacy of the supplementary accompanying documents for the proposed amendments to the Bill.

2. Consideration Stage: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Consideration Stage from—

Group 30: Stakis Limited

Promoter’s witnesses—

Richard Mansfield, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell

Alasdair Sim, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell

John Hyde, Noise and Vibration Consultant, Faber Maunsell

Michael Onanda, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell

Ian Kendall, Tram Project Director, Tram Line 2

Objector’s witnesses—

Michael Squire, General Manager, Hilton Hotel

Alan Bateman, Ryden, Building Surveyor

Tim Bunker, Ryden, Chartered Surveyor

Group 37: Edinburgh Airport Limited

Promoter’s witnesses—

Alasdair Sim, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell

Geoff Duke, Project Manager, Tram Line 2

Rahul Bijlani, Lawyer, Bircham Dyson Bell

Richard Mansfield, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell

Jim Harries, Transdev Project Engineer, Edinburgh Tram Ltd

Objector’s witnesses—

Anne Follin, Planning and Development Manager, Edinburgh Airport Ltd

Martin Heffer, Surface Access Strategy Manager, BAA plc

Proposed future business

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

Standards and Public Appointments Committee
14 September 2005
9th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 6

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

2. Complaint against Karen Gillon MSP: The Committee will announce its decision at Stage 3 on a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

3. Complaint against David McLetchie MSP: The Committee will announce its decision at Stage 3 on a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

4. Complaint against Karen Gillon MSP: The Committee will consider its draft report.

5. Complaint against David McLetchie MSP: The Committee will consider its draft report.

Proposed future business

The Committee expects to continue its review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of this Bulletin.

Education Committee
14 September 2005
15th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. School closure policy: The Committee will be updated on the Scottish Executive’s policy.

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

the Teachers’ Superannuation (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/393)

and take evidence from—

Christine Marr, Scottish Public Pensions Agency

3. Pupil Motivation Inquiry: The Committee will consider a draft report.

4. Work programme: The Committee will agree its future work programme.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 September, it is expected that the Committee will consider the approach to scrutiny of the Scottish Executive’s 2006-07 budget and hear oral evidence as part of its inquiry into early years education and childcare. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 1 Committee
14 September 2005
26th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Item in private: The Committee whether to take item 4 in private.

2. Proposed Human Rights Commission (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider whether to appoint an adviser in respect of forthcoming legislation to create a Scottish Human Rights Commission. The Committee will also decide whether to consider possible candidates for appointment in private at a future meeting.

3. Family Law (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1

Claudia Martin, Scottish Centre for Social Research;

Panel 2

Alan Finlayson OBE, Child Law Consultant; and

Joyce Lugton, Scottish Executive Civil Law Division.

4. Family Law (Scotland) Bill - Committee Adviser: The Committee will consider whether to request that the contract for its Adviser be extended.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 September 2005 it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on European family law issues and will consider petition PE763 and closed petition PE14.

The Committee expects to consider the Family Law (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 at subsequent meetings. The Committee will also consider the 2006/07 budget jointly with the Justice 2 Committee. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Communities Committee
14 September 2005
21st Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

1. Housing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a briefing on the ‘Provision of information on sale of house’ issue from—

David Rogers, Private Sector and Affordable Housing Policy Division and Archie Stoddart, Housing Bill Team, Scottish Executive and Neil Ferguson, Single Survey Team, Communities Scotland.

2. Planning: The Committee will consider a briefing on the Scottish Executive’s White Paper on ‘Modernising the planning system’ from—

Malcolm Chisholm MSP, Minister for Communities.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 Sept 2005 it is expected that the Committee will consider the Housing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

The Committee will continue to consider the Housing (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 the Bulletin.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
14 September 2005
22nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Item in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private.

2. Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

3. Work programme: The Committee will consider its future work programme.

4. Inquiry into climate change: The Committee will consider the response to its inquiry report from the Scottish Executive and arrangements for the scheduled Chamber debate on the report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 September it is expected that the Committee will consider its response to the Subordinate Legislation Committee’s consultation on its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland.

The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 of the Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill at its meeting on 28 September and at subsequent meetings on 5 and 26 October and 2 and 9 November. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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