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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 December 2005
30th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

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

2. Draft Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) 21: Green Belts: The Committee will take evidence on the Executive’s draft planning guidance on green belts from—

John Inman, Planning Strategy Manager, City of Edinburgh Council and Brian McAuley, Planning and Regeneration Services, East Renfrewshire Council, Scottish Society of Directors of Planning (SSDP);

Graham U’ren, Director, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) in Scotland

Andrew Robinson, Chairman and John Smith, former Chairman, Scottish Planning Consultants Forum (SPCF);

and then from—

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

Michael Levack, Chief Executive, Scottish Building;

Jonathon Hall, Head of Rural Policy, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association (SRPBA);

and then from—

Deryck Irving, Senior Development Officer, Greenspace Scotland;

Dr Alastair Macbeth, Chairman, Helensburgh Green Belt Group (representing Scottish Green Belts Alliance);

Douglas Murray, Secretary, Association of Scottish Community Councils;

Helen Todd, Access Campaign Officer, Ramblers Association; and

David Rice, Chairman, RuralScotland.

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

the Scottish Homes (Dissolution) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/609); and

the Town and Country Planning (Limit of Annual Value) (Scotland) Order 2005 (SSI 2005/594).

4. The proposed Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 January it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence on the proposed planning bill. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Education Committee
21 December 2005
25th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Joint Inspection of Children’s Services and Inspection of Social Work Services (Scotland): The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

Proposed future business

The Committee expects it will continue to consider the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill at its next meeting on 11 January 2006. The Committee is also planning to continue its early years inquiry in the new year. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 1 Committee
21 December 2005
42nd Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Professor Alice Brown, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman and Carolyn Hirst, Deputy Scottish Public Services Ombudsman;

and then from—

Dr Rachel Murray, University of Bristol;

and then from—

Lord McCluskey, retired Senator of the College of Justice.

2. Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence sessions to date on the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill, in order to inform the drafting of its Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 January 2006 it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Law Society of Scotland and the Faculty of Advocates on the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights Bill at Stage 1.

The Committee expects to take further evidence on the Scottish Commissioner for Human Rights 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.

Public Petitions Committee
21 December 2005
19th 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—

PE905 The use of excessive packaging in supermarkets and the use of recycled alternatives. Ellie MacDonald and Faith Waddell will make a brief statement in support of their petition accompanied by Karen Ray.

PE902 Recognition of the importance of information literacy as a key lifelong learning skill. Dr John Crawford will make a brief statement in support of his petition accompanied by Christine Irving and Christopher Milne.

PE904 Introduction of an early breast cancer screening programme in Scotland to start from age 30 upwards. Katie Moffat will make a brief statement in support of her petition.

PE903 Development and introduction of a Scottish planning policy document on ecovillages.  

PE906 A moratorium on all PPP Schools projects still in the planning stage pending an audit and guidance in relation to loss of open space.  

PE907 Upgrade of inadequate existing local services prior to the development of new housing in proposed Local Plans.

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

PE841 To amend the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976. The Committee will consider responses from the petitioner, the Lord Advocate and the Minister for Justice.

PE862 Review of the current system for dealing with and monitoring convicted child sex offenders. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE816 Property values and businesses affected by wind farm developments. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive, the Department of Trade and Industry and Views of Scotland.

PE751 An 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 Disability Rights Commission.

PE829 To consider and debate the impact of the housing stock transfer on Scottish communities. The Committee will consider responses from Communities Scotland; Glasgow Housing Association; Keystone Tenant Managed Homes; and Property Managers Association.

PE648 Provision of portable oxygen and pulmonary rehabilitation classes throughout the country. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

PE831 Review of Scottish Executive policy on public libraries to ensure appropriate provision in rural areas. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Library and Information Council; Highland Council; COSLA and the Scottish Executive.

PE832 To debate the use of Public Private Partnership funding to build new schools. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.

3. eEurope Awards on eGovernment Good Practice 2005: The Committee will consider a paper by the clerk.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 January 2006 it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on a review of the study of Scottish history, literature and languages; market-led urban regeneration projects; the forthcoming Planning Bill; the final report of the Independent Review of NHS24; protection for amenity woodland; and Inter-parliamentary petitions. It is also expected that the Committee will give further consideration to current petitions on profit from criminal memoirs; a specialist inpatient mental health unit for deaf and deafblind people; Post Office provision for the disabled and elderly in rural areas; the use of chloramines disinfectant in the treatment of drinking water; a coherent national policy in relation to the teaching of singing; the provision of wheelchairs and specialist seating services within the NHS; upgrade of the Southern Section of the A77 and the establishment of the golden eagle as the national bird of Scotland.

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 December 2005
19th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Consideration Stage.

Proposed future business

The meeting on 21 December is the last scheduled meeting of the Edinburgh Tram (Line Two) Bill Committee at Consideration Stage. After Consideration Stage has been completed, the Bill moves to Final 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 December 2005
34th Meeting, 2005

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

1. Items in private: The Committee will decide whether to take Item 4 in private. The Committee will also decide whether to consider the evidence received to date on the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill in private at its next meeting and whether to consider a draft Stage 1 report on the Bill in private at future meetings.

2. Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Panel 1
Alex Hogg, Chairman, Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association;
Dr Colin Shedden, Director, British Association for Shooting and Conservation;
Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports;
Hugh Rose, Scottish Secretary, British Deer Society;

Panel 2
Gillian Bain, (Senior Animal Health and Welfare Officer, Highland Council), COSLA;
Stuart Shearlaw, Senior Inspector, Central Scotland Police Animal Health and Welfare Department;
Alan Stewart, (Wildlife and Environment Officer, Tayside Police), Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland;
Superintendent Mike Flynn, Scottish SPCA; and
Mark Fuchter, Head of the Prohibitions and Restrictions Policy Group, HM Revenue and Customs.

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

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/599);

the Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/614); and

the Smoke Control Areas (Exempt Fireplaces) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/615).

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 January 2006 the Committee will complete its Stage 1 evidence on the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill by hearing from independent commentators and the Minister for Environment and Rural Development. The Committee will also take evidence from the Minister on the Organic Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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