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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

Environment and Rural Development Committee
19 December 2006
37th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.15 am in Committee Room 1

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

Heidi Hautala, Member of the Parliament of Finland and member of the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development.

2. Petition PE799: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development and the petitioners regarding petition PE799 by the Community of Arran Seabed Trust (COAST).

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

PE956 by Mary Douglas calling on the Parliament to urge the Executive to ensure the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Regulations 1994, as amended, are applied in relation to ship-to-ship oil transfers in Scotland; and

PE982 by B Linden Jarvis calling on the Parliament to consider and debate the implications of proposed ship-to-ship transfers of oil at anchor in the Forth Estuary, specifically focussing such consideration and debate on the likely impact of such operations upon wildlife, tourism, local authority funding of clean-up and how it may use its powers within the 12-mile tidal limits to protect the local ecology, scenery, environment and areas of special scientific interest and habitat within the Estuary.

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

the Plant Protection Products (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/576).

5. Scrutiny of sustainable development (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received to date, and decide how to proceed with this inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 9 January, the Committee will begin to take oral evidence on its marine environment inquiry

The Committee will continue to take evidence on its marine environment inquiry at subsequent meetings on 17 and 24 January. The Committee expects to begin consideration of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 at its meeting on 24 January. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Audit Committee
19 December 2006
18th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 6 and 7 in private.

2. Overview of the financial performance of the NHS in Scotland: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Overview of the financial performance of the NHS in Scotland 2005-06" (AGS/2006/14).

3. Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the Section 22 report entitled "The 2005/06 Audit of the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency".

4. Efficient Government: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "The Efficient Government Initiative: A Progress Report" (AGS/2006/15).

5. Relocation of Scottish Executive Departments, Agencies and NDPBs: The Committee will take evidence on its inquiry into the AGS report entitled "Relocation of Scottish Executive Departments, Agencies and NDPBs" from—

Sir John Elvidge, Permanent Secretary, and Richard Wakeford, Head of Department, Environment and Rural Affairs Department, and Neil Rennick, Head of Public Bodies and Relocation Division, Scottish Executive.

6. Relocation of Scottish Executive Departments, Agencies and NDPBs: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 5.

7. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the AGS reports entitled "Overview of the financial performance of the NHS in Scotland 2005-06" (AGS/2006/13), "The 2005/06 Audit of the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency", "The Efficient Government Initiative: A Progress Report", "Informed to Care – Managing IT to deliver information in the NHS in Scotland" (AGS/2006/12) and "Catering for patients: A follow-up report" (AGS/2006/13).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 9 January, the Committee will continue to take evidence on its inquiry into relocation. The Committee will consider a draft report on its community planning inquiry at a future meeting. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Communities Committee
19 December 2006
35th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 9 January, it is expected that the Committee will continue to consider its draft report on the Schools (Health Promotion and Nutrition) (Scotland) Bill. The Committee will also consider subordinate legislation on the Scottish Charity Appeals Panel and Home Energy Efficiency. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
19 December 2006
36th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Legislative consent memorandum: The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill.

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

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); and
the Environmental Impact Assessment (Agriculture) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/582).

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

the Farm Woodland Premium Schemes and SFGS Farmland Premium Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Scheme 2007, (SSI 2006/draft); and
the Scottish Local Government Elections Order 2007, (SSI 2006/draft).

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

the Forestry Commission Byelaws 1982 Revocation (Scotland) Byelaws 2007, (SSI 2006/draft).

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

the Sheep and Goats (Identification and Traceability) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/594).

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

the Registration Services (Attestation and Authentication) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/597);
the Registration of Births, Still-births, Deaths and Marriages (Prescription of Forms and Errors) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/598);
the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No. 5) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/599); and
the Fees in the Registers of Scotland Amendment Order 2006, (SSI 2006/600).

7. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 9 January, it is expected that the Committee will consider primary legislation, Scottish statutory instruments and any 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
19 December 2006
12th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Cross-Party Group on Carers: The Committee will consider an application to establish a Cross-Party Group in the Scottish Parliament on Carers.

2. Replacing the Members Interest Order: The Committee will consider responses to its 3rd Report 2006, Consultation on Determinations required under the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006, and consider draft reports to the Parliament on the determinations.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 16 January, it is expected that the Committee will consider replacing the Members’ Interest Order in further detail.

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

Education Committee
19 December 2006
28th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 5

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

2. Teachers’ Agreement inquiry (in private): The Committee will agree an approach to an inquiry into the implementation of the Teachers’ Agreement.

3. Legacy paper (in private): The Committee will consider whether to produce a legacy paper.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 17 January, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the implementation of the Teachers’ Agreement.

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

Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill Committee
19 December 2006
9th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider, in private, at this meeting and future meetings—

· the assessor’s report on outstanding objections at phase one of Consideration Stage;
· the Committee’s approach to its phase one Consideration Stage report; and
· its draft Appropriate Assessment report on the Firth of Forth Special Protected Area.

2. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider, in private, at future meetings:

· its draft European Protected Species report; and
· its draft phase one Consideration Stage report.

3. Oral Evidence: The Committee will take evidence on issues outstanding from its Preliminary Stage report from—

Ron McAulay, Director, Scotland, Susan Anderson, Route Enhancement Manager and Geoff Cook, Senior Commercial Schemes Sponsor, Network Rail;

and then from––

Bill Reeve, Head of Rail Delivery and Ian Mylroi, Head of Rail Projects, Transport Scotland;

and then from––

Tavish Scott MSP, Minister for Transport, Bill Reeve, Head of Rail Delivery and Ian Mylroi, Head of Rail Projects, Transport Scotland;

and then from––

Barry Cross, Project Director, Kevin Murray, Senior Project Manager, Alan Somerville, Commercial Manager (Heavy Rail) and Pat Diamond, Project Finance Manager, tie Ltd, Gail Jeffrey, Senior Project Manager, Scott Wilson Railways and Alison Gorlov, Partner, John Kennedy & Co.

4. Assessor report and draft Consideration Stage report: The Committee will consider a report by the assessor on outstanding objections to the Bill and its approach to its draft phase one Consideration Stage report.

5. Draft Appropriate Assessment report: The Committee will consider its draft Appropriate Assessment report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, the Committee will consider its scrutiny of the Edinburgh Airport Rail Link Bill at Consideration Stage, Phase 1.

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

European and External Relations Committee
19 December 2006
18th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take items 7 and 8 in private.

2. Inquiry into the European Commission’s Strategy for Growth and Jobs: The Committee will take evidence from—

Marion Dewar, Lisbon Unit, Secretariat General and Neil Mitchison, Head of Representation in Edinburgh, European Commission;

and then from—

Nicol Stephen MSP, Deputy First Minister and Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning.

3. Transposition and implementation of EU legislation in Scotland: The Committee will consider an update from the Scottish Executive.

4. The European Commission’s Work Programme 2006 - Tracking issues identified by the Committee: The Committee will consider an update paper.

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

Previous Councils
General Affairs and External Relations Council (GAERC), 13-14 November
Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN), 21 November
Education, Youth and Culture Council, 13-14 November
Transport, Telecommunications and Energy Council, 23 November
Agriculture and Fisheries Council, 20-21 November
Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council, 30 November -1 December

Forthcoming Councils
Environment Council, 18 December 2006

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

7. Inquiry in to the European Commission’s Strategy for Growth and Jobs: The Committee will consider issues for inclusion in its report.

8. Work programme: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 16 January, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence in relation to scrutinising European legislation. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Health Committee
19 December 2006
29th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

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

the Health Protection Agency (Scottish Health Functions) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/559);
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 Meat (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/580).

2. Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will hear evidence from the Deputy Minister on amendments introduced to Parts 2 – 4 of the Bill.

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

Proposed future business

The Committee will next meet in January, after the Christmas and New Year recess. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 2 Committee
19 December 2006
36th Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Child-Sex Offenders: The Committee will consider a report by the Justice 2 Sub-Committee.

2. 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 9 January, the Committee will take evidence on the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill Legislative Consent Memorandum from Professor Alistair MacLeary, Chairman, Scottish Committee of the Council on Tribunals; and the Deputy Minister for Justice.

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

Local Government and Transport Committee
19 December 2006
33rd Meeting, 2006

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 3

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

the Marriage (Approval of Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/573);
the Civil Partnership (Attestation) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/574); and
the Registration Services (Fees, etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/575).

2. Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft of its Stage 1 Report on the Prostitution (Public Places) (Scotland) Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 16 January, it is expected that the Committee take oral evidence from Sir Peter Burt on A Fairer Way Report by the Local Government and Finance Review Committee.

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

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