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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
22 March 2006
9th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

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

S2M-3992— That the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Charity Test (Specified Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

S2M-3993— That the Communities Committee recommends that the draft Protection of Charities Assets (Exemption) (Scotland) Order 2006 be approved.

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

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

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

Councillor Trevor Davies, City of Edinburgh Council

Councillor Gordon MacDonald, East Dunbartonshire Council

Councillor Eddie Phillips, East Renfrewshire Council

Councillor Willie Dunn, West Lothian Council, COSLA spokesperson on Economic Development and Planning

Richard Hartland, Development and Building Control Manager, West Lothian Council.

4. Petition PE811: The Committee will consider petition PE811 on behalf of Parents and Residents Against Masts, calling for the Scottish Parliament to consider and debate the Permitted Development Rights enjoyed by Network Rail in respect of the erection of 96ft GSM-R communication masts in residential areas.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 March, 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.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
22 March 2006
10th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2).

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

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).

Not before 11:30am

3. Scottish Water: The Committee will take evidence on issues relating to the governance of Scottish Water from—

Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

4. Finance Committee inquiry into accountability and governance: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Finance Committee on its inquiry into the accountability and governance of parliamentary commissioners and ombudsmen.

5. Inquiry into developments in the biomass industry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 (Day 3).

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

Justice 1 Committee
22 March 2006
9th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 3

1. Item in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its approach to the scrutiny at Stage 1 of the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill in private at future meetings.

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

the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2006, (SSI 2006/86).

3. Scottish Criminal Record Office: The Committee will consider correspondence received from the Minister for Justice.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider a Legislative Consent Memorandum on the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill; subordinate legislation, and its approach to the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to take oral evidence on the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Education Committee
22 March 2006
7th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Items in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 4, 5 and 6 in private.

2. Proposed School Meals and Snacks (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a statement of reasons why no further consultation is required on the proposed Bill and take evidence from—

Frances Curran MSP

Claire Menzies Smith, Senior Assistant Clerk, Non Executive Bills Unit.

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

the Additional Support Needs Tribunals for Scotland (Practice and Procedure) Rules 2006 (SSI 2006/88).

4. Finance Committee accountability and governance inquiry: The Committee will agree its response.

5. Appointment of an adviser: The Committee will consider applications for the position of an adviser to assist in the scrutiny of the proposed Adoption and Children (Scotland) Bill.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

The Committee expects to consider further the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Bill at Stage 2 at its next meeting. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Public Petitions Committee
22 March 2006
6th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Consideration of a new Forth Road Bridge: The Committee will take evidence on PE943 from—

Mark Hood

and on PE942 from—

David Spaven, Chair, TRANSFORM Scotland; and

Chas Booth, Parliamentary Officer, Friends of the Earth Scotland.

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

PE937 To recognise and promote "Public Community Partnership" (PCP) funding as an alternative to PPP funding as a means of securing the long term future of rural schools. Catherine MacKinnon will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of her petition, accompanied by Councillor Thomas MacLennan.

PE946 To consider and debate the process of local engagement and consultation in local planning issues. Andrew Watt will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of his petition accompanied by John Caldwell, Musselburgh and Inveresk Community Council and Neil Hynd, Chair, Musselburgh Conservation Society.

PE941 To ensure greater protection for the rivers, streams and lochs of Scotland from fish farms developments.

PE944 To investigate equal access for children with both parents after separation in Scottish Law.

PE933 To investigate Central Scotland Police’s dealings with Thomas Hamilton during the investigation into the shootings at Dunblane Primary School.

PE940 To establish a new public inquiry into the shootings at Dunblane Primary School.

PE948 To establish a new public inquiry into the shootings at Dunblane Primary School.

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

PE616 Health and safety hazards caused by seagulls in urban areas. The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

PE759 Displaying judge’s names and recording court proceedings. The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Justice.

PE855 Maintaining and repairing roads, pavements and footpaths. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive and the Society for Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland.

PE695 Affordable, accessible local transport for disabled people. The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Transport and Telecommunications.

PE789 The supervised taking of prescribed methadone. The Committee will consider responses from Lothian Health Board and Greater Glasgow Health Board.

PE893 The sale or possession of swords in Scotland. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Executive and the Violence Reduction Unit of Strathclyde Police.

PE888 Fast track hearings for institutional child abuse cases. The Committee will consider responses from the Scottish Law Commission and the Scottish Executive.

PE535 Inquiry into institutional child abuse. The Committee will consider an update from the Minister for Justice.

PE704 NHS Food for Good Charter. The Committee will consider the progress of this petition.

4. Proposed Petition: The Committee will consider the admissibility of a proposed petition.

5. Revised Guidance on the submission of petitions: The Committee will consider a draft of the revised guidance on the submission of petitions.

6. Research proposal: The Committee will consider a research proposal to review the first 1,000 petitions.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 April, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on the European Charter of Rights for people with autism; sleep disorders; the right to ownerless land; tolling regimes on the remaining toll bridges; higher parliamentary standards and existing legislation for parental consultation over school closures. The Committee also expects to give further consideration to current petitions on the global campaign for education; legislation for Speech and Language Therapy services; closure of community hospitals; the influence of supermarkets on the foodchain; common good assets; the Environmental Protection Act 1990; the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease and dealing with and monitoring convicted child sex offenders. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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