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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

Equal Opportunities Committee
12 December 2006
21st Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Declaration of interests: Margaret Smith MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

3. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 7 in private.

4. Public Petitions Committee’s Equalities Report: The Committee will take evidence from—

Michael McMahon MSP, Convener of the Public Petitions Committee, and David McGill, Clerk to the Public Petitions Committee.

5. Reporters: The Committee will choose a new reporter for sexual orientation issues.

6. Widening access to participation: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Convener of the Local Government and Transport Committee and the Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform.

7. Pornography: The Committee will consider an approach paper in relation to a round-table discussion on the potential impact of pornography.

8. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 16 January, it is expected that the Committee will consider its response to the European and External Relations Committee regarding European Commission Legislative and Work Programme 2007. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Finance Committee
12 December 2006
32nd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Statistics and Registration Service Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will take evidence on legislative consent memorandum LCM(S2) 12.1 from—

George Lyon MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform; Rob Wishart, Chief Statistician, Scottish Executive; and Marina Hughes, Assistant Statistician, Office of the Chief Statistician.

2. Relocation of Public Sector Jobs: The Committee will take evidence on the relocation of public sector jobs from—

George Lyon MSP, Deputy Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform; Neil Rennick, Head of Public Bodies and Relocation Division; and Elspeth Hough, Head of Relocation Policy Branch, Scottish Executive.

3. Legacy Paper: The Committee will consider budgetary issues to be included in its legacy paper for the future Committee.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 16 January, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on Government Expenditure and Revenue in Scotland (GERS).

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

Justice 2 Sub-Committee
12 December 2006
8th Meeting, 2006

The Sub-Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Child-Sex Offenders Inquiry (in private): The Sub-Committee will consider the possible contents of its draft report on its Child-Sex Offenders Inquiry.

Procedures Committee
12 December 2006
19th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 6

1. Review of Parliamentary Time: The Committee will consider a letter from the Conveners’ Group proposing changes to Rule 5.6.1(a).

2. Mainstreaming equalities: The Committee will consider a letter from the Equal Opportunities Committee proposing a Rule requiring a sessional equalities review by committees.

3. Scottish Commission for Public Audit (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report and draft changes to standing orders.

4. Review of Parliamentary Time (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report and draft changes to standing orders.

Proposed future business

The Committee will next meet on 23 January, when it may begin discussion of a possible legacy paper.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
12 December 2006
35th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Executive responses: The Committee will consider Executive responses in relation to the following instruments—

the Regulation of Scallop Dredges (Scotland) Revocation Order 2006, (SSI 2006/549); and
the National Health Service (Functions of the Common Services Agency) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/560).

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

the Home Energy Efficiency Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/570);
the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel Rules 2006, (SSI 2006/571);
the Conservation of Salmon (Collection of Statistics) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/572);
the Marriage (Approval of Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/573);
the Civil Partnership (Attestation) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/574);
the Registration Services (Fees, etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/575);
the Plant Protection Products (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/576);
the Sheep and Goats (Identification and Traceability) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/577);
the Feeding Stuffs (Scotland) and the Feed (Hygiene and Enforcement) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/578);
the Fishery Products (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/579); and
the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/582).

3. Instruments not laid before the Parliament: The Committee will consider the following—

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/569); and
the Farriers (Registration) Act 1975 (Commencement No. 4) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/581).

4. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider a paper from the clerk in relation to its draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider its draft report into its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland. The Committee will consider primary legislation, 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.

Justice 1 Committee
12 December 2006
49th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 1.45 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Scottish Criminal Record Office inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13 December, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Deputy Minister for Justice on the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to consider a draft Stage 1 report on the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Health Committee
12 December 2006
28th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

2. Health Board Elections (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 December, the Committee will consider the Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2).

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

Justice 2 Committee
12 December 2006
35th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 December, it is expected that the Committee will continue its consideration, in private, of the draft Stage 1 report the Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill; and consider a report from the Justice 2 Sub-Committee on its inquiry into child-sex offenders.

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

Local Government and Transport Committee
12 December 2006
32nd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

the Non-Domestic Rating (Telecommunications and Canals) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/557); and
the National Health Service (Superannuation Scheme and Compensation for Premature Retirement) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/561).

2. Transport and Works (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

3. Scottish Local Government Election Rules: The Committee will consider a letter from the Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform on proposals for draft regulations on the Scottish Local Government Election Rules, and will take evidence from—

Mr Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform, Rab Fleming, Head of Local Governance and Licensing, Scottish Executive and Russell Bain, Local Democracy Team Leader, Scottish Executive.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider its Stage 1 report on the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill.

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

Justice 1 Committee
13 December 2006
50th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider the contents of a draft Stage 1 report on the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill in private at this meeting and at future meetings.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Police (Minimum Age for Appointment) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/552) from—

Peter Jamieson, Justice Department, Scottish Executive; and
Gillian Macdonald, Justice Department, Scottish Executive.

3. Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence at Stage 1 of the Bill from—

Johann Lamont MSP, Deputy Minister for Justice;
Paul Cackette, Head of Civil Justice, Law Reform and International Division, Scottish Executive;
Lorna Brownlee, Bill Team Leader, Scottish Executive;
Bob Cockburn, Deputy Principal Clerk of Session, Scottish Court Service; and
Alison Fraser, Office of the Solicitor of the Scottish Executive.

4. Family Support Services inquiry: Mary Mulligan MSP, Committee Reporter, will present the findings of her inquiry into the provision of counselling and family mediation services and contact centres in Scotland to the Committee for its consideration.

5. Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the possible contents of a draft Stage 1 Report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 9 January, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report on the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to continue to consider a draft Stage 1 Report on the Rights of Relatives to Damages (Mesothelioma) (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Communities Committee
13 December 2006
34th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Local housing need and affordability model: The Committee will take evidence on the report on local housing need and affordability model from—

Professor Glen Bramley and David Watkins, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University.

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

the Register of Sasines (Application Procedure) Amendment Rules 2006, (SSI 2006/568).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider its draft report on the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Education Committee
13 December 2006
27th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its draft Stage 1 report on the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill in private at today’s meeting; and its approach to an inquiry on the implementation of the Teachers’ Agreement and its legacy paper in private at future meetings.

2. Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People’s annual report: The Committee will consider Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People’s annual report and will take evidence from—

Professor Kathleen Marshall, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People; Kevin Browne, Participation Worker; Gillian Munro, Information Officer and Laura Paton, Policy Development Officer, from the office of Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People.

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

PE825 by Ms Alana Watson, on the provision of lockers in schools;
PE853 by Mr Ken Venters, on the closure of schools and facilities for children with special needs;
PE872 by Mr Alexander Longmuir, on school closures.

4. Child protection reform programme: The Committee will consider an update from the Scottish Executive.

5. Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 December, it is expected that the Committee will consider its final draft Stage 1 report on the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill and its approach to an inquiry on the implementation of the Teachers’ Agreement. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Public Petitions Committee
13 December 2006
20th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

PE1004 Environmental problems associated with burning and rendering animal carcasses. David Adam will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of this petition accompanied by Councillor Joy Mowatt.
PE1017 Establishment of a Scottish disability community development council. William Wilson will make a brief statement to the Committee in support of this petition.
PE1019 Nationwide health promotion campaign regarding antibiotic resistance.
PE1007 Improper use of disabled parking bays.
PE1009 Justice in local planning matters.
PE1018 Restoration of NHS Dental Services.

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

PE868 Sports clubs – right to buy. The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Executive.
PE873 Post polio syndrome. The Committee will consider responses from the Chief Scientist, the Chief Medical Officer and the Minister for Health and Community Care.
PE898 Maternity services. The Committee will consider a response from the petitioner.
PE908 and PE909 Traffic regulation orders. The Committee will consider responses from the petitioners.
PE947 Ownerless land. The Committee will consider responses from the Queen’s & Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer, Registers of Scotland and the Law Society of Scotland.
PE956 and PE982 Ship to ship oil transfer in the Forth Estuary. The Committee will consider responses from Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Scottish Natural Heritage, Fife Council, City of Edinburgh Council, East Lothian Council, West Lothian Council, Marine Conservation Society, RSPB, North Sea Commission, Lloyd’s, Scottish Executive and the Petitioners.
PE959 Borderline Theatre.
PE970 7:84 Theatre Company. The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Culture and further information received from Borderline Theatre.
PE829 To debate the impact of the Housing Stock transfer on Scottish communities. The Committee will consider a response from Glasgow Houisng Association.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 17 January, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on alcohol exclusion zones and dispersal orders, amendment of the National Park (Scotland) Act 2000, a nationally co-ordinated and nationally funded scheme for erecting informative plaques, review of arrangements for managing listed buildings, television coverage of Scottish football and the protection of Greenfield sites.

The Committee is also expected to further consider current petitions on the publication of criminal memoirs, environmental protection, mental health care and treatment, the Victim Notification Scheme, ecovillages, breast cancer screening, the use of excessive packaging in supermarkets and the protection of ancient woodland.

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

Environment and Rural Development Committee
13 December 2006
36th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.45 am in Committee Room 2

1. Scrutiny of sustainable development: The Committee will take evidence on the scrutiny of sustainable development from—

Maf Smith, Scottish Director, and
Helen Phillips, Senior Policy Analyst (Wales), Sustainable Development Commission.

Not before 11.30 am—

2. Scrutiny of sustainable development: The Committee will take evidence on the scrutiny of sustainable development from—

Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development;
Kim Fellows, Director, Sustainable Development and Biodiversity Directorate, Scottish Executive; and
Simon Pepper, external member of the Cabinet Sub-Committee on Sustainable Scotland,

and will decide whether to consider the evidence received, and options for further work on this issue, in private at its next meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 December, the Committee will continue to take evidence on the scrutiny of sustainable development.

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

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