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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
21 September 2005
22nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Declaration of interests: The new member of the Committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Subordinate legislation: Johann Lamont MSP,Deputy Minister for Communities, to move the following motion—

S2M-3182 Johann Lamont: The Draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005—That the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Housing Grants (Assessment of Contributions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 be approved.

3. Housing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 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.

The Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee
21 September 2005
11th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Late witness statements: The Committee will consider a paper by the clerk.

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

Group 51: West Edinburgh Residents Trams Action Group (WERTAG)

Promoter’s witnesses—

Richard Mansfield, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell

John Hyde, Noise and Vibration Consultant, Faber Maunsell

Alasdair Sim, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell

James Truscott, Technical Expert, ASH

Archibald Brown Rintoul, Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Barry Cross, Depute Tram Project Director, tie

Objector’s witness—

Jacky McKinney, WERTAG

Group 52: Miss H Reynolds

Promoter’s witnesses—

Richard Mansfield, Technical Expert, Faber Maunsell

James Truscott, Technical Expert, ASH

John Hyde, Noise and Vibration Consultant, Faber Maunsell

Archibald Brown Rintoul, Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Objector’s witness—

Miss H Reynolds

3. Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider evidence taken during the day.

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 the Bulletin.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
21 September 2005
23rd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Subordinate Legislation Committee on its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland.

Proposed future business

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

Justice 1 Committee
21 September 2005
27th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

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

Mary Lockhart, Media and Public Affairs Worker, Scottish Women’s Aid;

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

Louise Johnson, Legal Issues Worker, Scottish Women’s Aid.

2. Consideration of petition PE763: The Committee will consider petition PE763 on the regulation of the legal profession.

3. Consideration of issues relating to closed petition PE14: The Committee will consider correspondence received in relation to closed petition PE14 on security of tenure.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 September 2005 it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence in relation to the European Union Green Papers on Succession and Wills and on Applicable Law and Jurisdiction in Divorce.

The Committee expects to consider the Family Law (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.

Public Petitions Committee
21 September 2005
14th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

PE880 Petition by Iain D Skene on behalf of Renfrewshire and Inverclyde Association of Burns Clubs – local authority democratic accountability and accessibility of local elected representatives. Iain Skene will make a brief statement in support of the petition accompanied by Iain Shaw.

PE884 Petition by Sandra Clarkson, on behalf of Prestwick Marine Neighbourhood Watch, calling for amendment to the Environmental Protection Act 1990. Sandra Clarksonwill make a brief statement in support of the petition accompanied by Joan O’Donnell.

PE866 Petition by James Kelly calling on the Scottish Parliament to consider and debate the need for an independent body to be set up within Scotland to investigate claims of medical negligence . James Kelly will make a brief statement in support of the petition accompanied by Patrick McKay and Mary Milligan.

PE879 Petition by Joyce Kinnear calling on the Scottish Parliament to support the campaign for a National Dance Hall in the city of Edinburgh.

PE883 Petition by Marianne Scobie on behalf of Glasgow Disability Alliance calling for the Scottish Parliament to revoke the powers granted to local authorities under Section 87 of the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 to charge for Community Care Services.

PE881 Petition by Rachel Cole to review the findings of “Same as You” and ensure those with profound and complex needs are properly provided for.

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

PE743 Review the implementation of “Same As You” A Review of Services for People with Learning Disabilities; and

PE822 T o ensure that sufficient funding is made available to allow the implementation of “Same as You, A Review of Services for People with Learning Disabilities” so that all people with learning disabilities have a choice of living at home.

The Committee will consider responses from the Minister for Health and Community Care, the Minister for Communities and Highland NHS Board.

PE801 To establish a permanent National Heritage Committee and to ensure the protection of the whole Cramond area’s environment. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE738 European Commission - Food Supplements Directive and PE828 Implementation of the Food Supplements (Scotland) Regulations 2003. The Committee will consider a response from the Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care.

PE809 To legislate to provide third parties with a right of appeal regarding planning applications. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE733 To provide guidance to egg producers in Scotland on relevant legislation relating to egg stamping and whether it is compatible with the provision of the EU Council Decision 94/371/EC . The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.

PE871 Support for peaceful protest during the G8 summit.

PE874 To lobby the G8 summit on the issue of world poverty.

The Committee will consider the progress of these petitions.

PE815 Education Maintenance Allowance payments. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE675 To investigate the suitability of HMP Peterhead for the long-term imprisonment of convicted sex offenders. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Prison Service.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on Wednesday 5 October it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions relating to Cumbernauld Town centre; sexual offences; the siting of 3G and Tetra masts; recording of heritable common good assets; and Alzheimer’s Disease. It is also expected that the Committee will further consider current petitions relating to the integration and development of the heritage of Robert Burns; Home Safety Officers; Scottish Opera; reform of the law of Trust; the implications of the proposed Agenda for Change legislation for Speech and language Therapy services; and displaying of judges’ names and recording court proceedings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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