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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

Finance Committee
28 February 2006
6th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum from—

Tim Barraclough, Head of Planning Policy Division, Scottish Executive; Neil Ingram, Planning Bill Team, Scottish Executive; and Michael Lowndes, Planning Policy Division, Scottish Executive.

2. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its draft report on its inquiry into deprivation in private at its next meeting and any subsequent meetings.

3. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence from the Chief Executive of the Improvement Service for Local Government on the Executive’s Efficient Government Initiative; its approach to the scrutiny of financial memoranda; and a draft report on its inquiry into deprivation.

The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on various Financial Memoranda at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
28 February 2006
7th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Declaration of interests: Members who have yet to declare any relevant interests will be invited to do so.

2. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following bill—

Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

the Risk Assessment and Minimisation (Accreditation Scheme) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);

the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Slaughter and Vaccination) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/45);

the TSE (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/46); and

the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No.1) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/48).

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

the Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);

the Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);

the Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);

the Community Justice Authorities (Establishment, Constitution and Proceedings) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);

the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 1992 Modification Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);

the Non-Domestic Rating (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);

the Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);

the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exclusions and Exceptions) (Amendment) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft);

the Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to Scottish Ministers) (No.2) Order 2006, (SI 2006/draft);

the Valuation and Rating (Exempted Classes) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft); and

the Water Environment (Consequential and Savings Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/draft).

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

the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/60);

the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/61);

the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Designation of Partner Bodies) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/63);

the Housing Revenue Account General Fund Contribution Limits (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/64);

the Council Tax (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/67);

the Seeds (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/70);

the Water Services Charges (Billing and Collection) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/71); and

the Water and Sewerage Charges (Exemption and Reduction) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/72).

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

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.17) (Scotland) Order 2005 Revocation Order 2006, (SSI 2006/66); and

the Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) (West Coast) (No.6) (Scotland) Order 2005 Revocation Order 2006, (SSI 2006/69).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 March, it is expected that the Committee will continue to consider the Bankruptcy and Diligence (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1. The Committee will also consider Scottish statutory instruments and other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure.

For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Standards and Public Appointments Committee
28 February 2006
2nd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Review of the Code of Conduct for MSPs: The Committee will consider written responses received to date.

2. Cross-Party Group on Golf: The Committee will consider an application for recognition of a Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Golf

Proposed future business

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

European and External Relations Committee
28 February 2006
3rd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 5

1. The EU Work Programme 2006: The Committee will take evidence from—

Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform;

Nikki Brown, Head of Division and Lynne Vallance, Head of EU Strategy and Co-ordination Unit, Europe Division, Finance and Central Services Department, Scottish Executive

2. An Inquiry into the Scottish Executive’s Preparations for the G8 Summit at Gleneagles and the UK Presidency of the EU and the Contribution Scotland Can Make to These Events: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Executive’s response to the Committee’s report from—

Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform;

John Ireland, Head of Analytical Services Division, Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department and Ian Donaldson, Head of International Strategy & Co-ordination Unit, Finance and Central Services Department, Scottish Executive

3. The European Commission’s Work Programme 2006 - Tracking issues identified by the Committee: Following its decision to keep a watching brief on the European Commission’s Work Programme for 2006, the Committee will consider an update paper.

4. Petition PE804: The Committee will consider the Environment and Rural Development Committee’s response in relation to this petition.

5. Pre- and post-EU Council scrutiny: The Council will discuss the agendas and information received from the Scottish Executive on the following meetings of the Council of the EU—

Forthcoming Councils

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 20-21 February

Justice and Home Affairs Council, 20-21 February

Education, Youth and Culture Council, 23 February

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 27-28 February

Environment Council, 9 March

Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, 10 March

Competitiveness (Internal Market, Industry and Research) Council, 13 March

ECOFIN Council, 14 March

Previous Councils

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 22-24 November

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 20-22 December

Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 23 January

ECOFIN Council, 24 January

General Affairs and External Relations Council, 30-31 January

6. Sift of EC/EU documents and draft legislation: The Committee will consider the latest list of EC/EU documents and draft legislative proposals received for this meeting.

7. Convener’s Report: The Convener will update the Committee on the—

Response from the Scottish Executive regarding Biomass and energy issues;
Response from the Scottish Executive on the ‘Alcatel’ ruling; and
Reponse from Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Affairs, regarding Pre-and Post-EU Council scrutiny papers.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 14 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence from the Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform on the legislative consent memorandum for the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Bill.

The Committee also expects to take evidence from Scottish Executive officials on the Scottish Executive and European Commission’s joint project, ‘Building a Bridge between Scotland and its citizens’. For further information, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Enterprise and Culture Committee
28 February 2006
5th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will take evidence from James Thomson, Renewable Energy Policy Officer, Scottish Executive, Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning Department on the following negative instrument—

the Electricity (Application for Consent) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SS1 2006/18).

2. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will reconsider its proposed timetable and approach to the Bill at Stage 1.

3. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The adviser will brief the Committee at Stage 1 on the Bill.

4. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Gillian Thompson, Chief Executive and Accountant in Bankruptcy, Marion McCormack, Depute Accountant and Head of Case Operations and Policy, and Graeme Perry, Head of Operational Policy Unit, Accountant in Bankruptcy.

5. Petition PE865: The Committee will consider a petition by Mr Edward Fowler calling for the Scottish Parliament to investigate the sequestration recall process and consider amending the law to allow the right to appeal for those made bankrupt by mistake and that all such appeals should be heard by a Sheriff.

6. Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider issues emerging from evidence taken so far.

7. Inquiry into business growth (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 March 2006, the Committee will take further evidence at Stage 1 on the Bankruptcy and Diligence etc. (Scotland) Bill from witnesses representing Insolvency Practitioners in England, Enterprise agencies and entrepreneurship in Scotland and the Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning.

The Committee will consider a Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Company Law Reform Bill and two affirmative instruments. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 2 Committee
28 February 2006
5th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: David Davidson will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Choice of Convener: The Committee will choose a new Convener.

3. Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

4. Subordinate Legislation: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

the Police Grant (Variation) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/39).

5. Justice and Home Affairs in Europe: The Committee will receive a report back from the Deputy Convener on the recent Committee visit to the European Parliament and will discuss its approach to future scrutiny of European issues.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on Tuesday 7 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2; oral evidence from the Minister on sex offenders for the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Bill; and subordinate legislation – an affirmative instrument on Risk Management.

The Committee will continue to take evidence on its Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (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.

Local Government and Transport Committee
28 February 2006
6th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm 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: The Committee will consider the following negative instrument—

the Ethical Standards in Public Life etc. (Scotland) Act 2000 (Codes of Conduct for Members of Certain Scottish Public Authorities) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/26)

3. Local Electoral Administration and Registration Services (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 from—

Panel 1

George Lyon MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance and Parliamentary Business;

Rab Fleming, Head of Division, Local Governance and Licensing Division, Scottish Executive;

Russell Bain, Local Democracy Team, Local Governance and Licensing Division, Scottish Executive; and

Shazia Razzaq, Office of the Solicitor, Scottish Executive.

Panel 2

George Lyon MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance and Parliamentary Business;

Paul Parr, Deputy Registrar General, General Register Office for Scotland;

Alex White, General Register Office for Scotland; and

Graham Fisher, Office of the Solicitor, Scottish Executive.

4. Freight transport inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1

Alan Mitchell, Assistant Director, CBI Scotland;

Phil Spencer, Global Logistics, Procurement Director, Diageo; and

Peter Smith, Head of Corporate Relations, Diageo Scotland.

Panel 2

Duncan McLaren, Chief Executive, Friends of the Earth Scotland; and

Colin Howden, Director, Transform Scotland.

5. Petition PE758: The Committee will consider petition PE758 by Jim Black of the Home Safety Committee of the Scottish Accident Prevention Council calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to place a statutory requirement on all local authorities to employ Home Safety Officers and to provide the necessary funding to achieve this.

6. European document: The Committee will consider a European Commission consultation document on strengthening the protection of the rights of passengers travelling by sea or inland waterway in the European Union.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 7 March, it is expected that the Committee will take further oral evidence on its inquiry into freight transport in Scotland

The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on its inquiry at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Communities Committee
1 March 2006
7th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

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

Michael Levack, Chief Executive, Scottish Building;

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

Colin Graham, Developments Manager, Miller Developments;

Richard Slipper, Partner in Edinburgh office, GVA Grimley LLP;

Hugh Crawford, Convenor of the Environment, Housing and Town Planning Board, Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS);

and then from—

Maf Smith, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables Forum and Harry Malyon, Development Manager (Scotland), npower Renewables;

Debbie Harper, Development & Policy Manager, Scottish Power; and

Alasdair Macleod, Development Manager Scotland, Airtricity.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 March, it is expected that the Committee it is expected that the Committee will continue to take oral evidence on the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill.

For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 1 Committee
1 March 2006
7th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 4

1. Justice and Home Affairs in Europe: The Committee will consider developments in relation to European Union Justice and Home Affairs issues.

2. Petition PE841: The Committee will consider a petition by the Curran family, calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to amend the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976 to make provision for a mandatory inquiry in the case of a road death caused by careless drivers.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 15 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider subordinate legislation and the provision of family support services inquiry.

For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Education Committee
1 March 2006
5th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

2. Petition PE853: The Committee will consider PE853 by Ken Venters, on behalf of the Carronhill action team.

3. Annual Reports 2004-05: The Committee will note the annual reports of executive agencies and non departmental public bodies whose function is relevant to its remit—

HM Inspectorate of Education;

Bòrd na Gàidhlig;

Learning and Teaching Scotland;

Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration;

General Teaching Council;

Scottish Qualifications Authority; and

Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People.

4. Pre-legislative work: Adoption Bill (in private): The Committee will consider possible preliminary work to inform future consideration of the Adoption Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 March it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on its early years inquiry in private.

The Committee will continue consideration of its report on the early years inquiry and Stage 2 of the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
1 March 2006
7th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Inquiry into developments in the biomass industry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Panel 1

Willie McGhee, Managing Director, Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Management;

Flavia Pigot, Woodland Task Force Convener, Scottish Environment LINK;

Bruno Berardelli, Director, Highland Wood Energy;

Chris Stockton, General Director, Buccleugh BioEnergy;

Panel 2

John Picken, Chairman, NFU Scotland;

Jonathan Hall, Head of Rural Policy, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association; and

Becky Shaw, Land Use Programme Manager, Scottish Crofting Foundation.

2. Scottish Water: The Committee will consider issues relating to the governance of Scottish Water.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 8 March it is expected that the Committee will consider further evidence for its inquiry on developments in the biomass industry.

For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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