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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
6 March 2007
5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private.

2. 2007 - European Year of Equal Opportunities for All: The Committee will consider the report of the Convener’s visit to Berlin to attend the launch conference of the European Year of Equal Opportunities for All.

3. Commission for Equality and Human Rights: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Equalities Coordinating Group.

4. Legacy paper: The Committee will consider a draft legacy paper.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Scottish Executive’s response on its disability inquiry report; evidence from Rhona Brankin MSP, Minister for Communities on the Scottish Executive’s Strategy for an Aging Population; subordinate legislation on Disability; a draft report on Equalities in Scotland: a Review of Progress; a draft Committee Annual Report and its draft legacy paper. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Finance Committee
6 March 2007
5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Scottish Water: The Committee will take evidence on the Quality and Standards III investment programme from—

Sarah Boyack, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development;
Bob Irvine, Head of Water Division, Scottish Executive; and
Andrew Fleming, Head of Capital Investment Regulatory Team, Water Division, Scottish Executive.

2. Annual Report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliamentary year 7 May 2006 to 2 April 2007.

3. Legacy Paper (in private): The Committee will consider its draft legacy paper.

Proposed future business

There are no new items of business planned for future meetings. Ongoing business will be dealt with as required. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Procedures Committee
6 March 2007
2nd Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 5 in private.

2. Revised Guidance volumes: The Committee will be invited to clear for publication new editions of the Guidance on Motions and Guidance on Parliamentary Questions prepared by the Chamber Desk and a new edition of the Guidance on Public Bills prepared by the Legislation Team.

3. Review of Parliamentary Time: The Committee will consider correspondence in relation to the Committee’s 11th Report, 2006.

4. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliamentary year from 7 May 2006 to 2 April 2007.

5. Legacy paper: The Committee will consider a draft legacy paper report.

Proposed future business

It is not expected that there will be a further meeting of the Committee this session.

Environment and Rural Development Committee
6 March 2007
10th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Subordinate legislation: Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development, to move S2M-5579

that the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

2. Subordinate legislation: Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development, to move S2M-5621

that the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft National Waste Management Plan for Scotland Regulations 2007 be approved.

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

the Avian Influenza (Preventive Measures) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/69);
the Official Controls (Animals, Feed and Food) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/91);
the Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/94); and
the Common Agricultural Policy Schemes (Cross-Compliance) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/99).

4. Annual report 2006 - 2007: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliamentary year from 7 May 2006 to 2 April 2007.

5. Legacy paper (in private): The Committee will consider its draft legacy paper.

6. Marine environment inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, the Committee expects to consider items of subordinate legislation.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
6 March 2007
9th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

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

Custodial Sentences and Weapons (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2

and may take evidence from Executive officials.

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

the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/102).

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

the Local Government (Allowances and Expenses) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/108);
the Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/109);
the Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/112);
the Education (Assisted Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/114);
the St Mary’s Music School (Aided Places) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/115);
the Dairy Produce Quotas (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/118);
the Plant Protection Products (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/119);
the Supervised Attendance Order (Prescribed Courts) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/120);
the Divorce etc. (Pensions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/122);
the Town and Country Planning (Prescribed Date) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/123);
the Valuation Appeal Committee (Electronic Communications) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/124);
the Football Banning Orders (Regulated Football Matches) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/125);
the Conservation of Seals (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/126);
the Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Quota and Third Country Fishing Measures) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/127);
the Licensing (Appointed Day and Transitional Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/128);
the Testing of Arrested Persons for Class A Drugs (Prescribed Area) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/131);
the Parental Involvement in Headteacher and Deputy Headteacher Appointments (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/132);
the Marketing of Vegetable Plant Material Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/133); and
the Police (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/134).

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

Act of Sederunt (Registration Appeal Court) 2007, (SSI 2007/113);
the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No. 4) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/117);
the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/129); and
the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/130).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider primary legislation, Scottish statutory instruments and any other documents subject to Parliamentary procedure. The Committee will also consider a draft legacy paper.

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

Justice 1 Committee
6 March 2007
12th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 1.45 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 6 in private.

2. Subordinate legislation: Johann Lamont MSP, Deputy Minister for Justice, to move S2M-5641—

that the Justice 1 Committee recommends that the draft Number of Inner House Judges (Variation) Order 2007 be approved.

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

the Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/59);
the Advice and Assistance (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/60);
the Police (Injury Benefit) (Scotland) Regulations, (SSI 2007/68); and
the Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2007, (SSI 2007/87).

4. UK Borders Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandum lodged by Cathy Jamieson MSP, Minister for Justice (LCM(S2) 14.1).

5. Petition PE914: The Committee will consider a petition by Peter Fallon, calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to amend criminal justice legislation to require criminals to make financial reparations to the victim(s) of their crime.

6. Legacy Paper: The Committee will consider a draft legacy paper.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider its Annual Report and subordinate legislation.

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

Health Committee
6 March 2007
4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Evaluation of the Operation and Impact of Free Personal Care: The Committee will take evidence from—

Paolo Vestri, Director, Hexagon Research and Consulting.

2. Free Personal Care in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Health and Community Care, Paul Gray, and Adam Rennie, Health Department, Scottish Executive.

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

the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 (Commencement No. 7 and Transitional Provisions) Amendment Order 2007, (SSI 2007/67);
the Food Supplements (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/78);
the Adults with Incapacity (Conditions and Circumstances Applicable to Three Year Medical Treatment Certificates) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/100);
the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/102);
the National Assistance (Sums for Personal Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/103);
the Adults with Incapacity (Medical Treatment Certificates) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/104);
the Adults with Incapacity (Requirements for Signing Medical Treatment Certificates) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/105); and
the Quick-frozen Foodstuffs Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/106).

4. Treatment of Drug Users (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its Report on this Bill.

Proposed future business
At its next meeting on 20 March, the Committee will consider the Legacy Paper for its successor Committee. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Justice 2 Committee
6 March 2007
7th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 5 in private.

2. Child-Sex Offenders: The Committee will take evidence from—

Cathy Jamieson MSP, Minister for Justice, Ian Fleming and Sharon Grant, Justice Department, Brad Gilbert, Development Department, and Maggie Tierney, Education Department, Scottish Executive.

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

the Scottish Police Services Authority (Staff Transfer) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/88)
the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/89)
the Scottish Crime and Drug Enforcement Agency (Appointment of Police Members) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/90)
the Management of Offenders etc. (Scotland) Act 2005 (Specification of Persons) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/92).

4. Annual Report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliamentary year from 7 May 2006 to 2 April 2007.

5. Child-Sex Offenders: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence session.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 March, the Committee will consider its legacy paper and consider subordinate legislation.

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

Local Government and Transport Committee
6 March 2007
7th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will take a decision on whether to take item 10, which is consideration of a draft annual report for the Parliamentary year 7 May 2006 to 2 April 2007, in private.

2. Petition PE855: The Committee will take evidence on the issue of the maintenance of local authority roads, pavements and footpaths from—

Bill Baker, Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland and Graham Mackay, Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland.

3. Subordinate legislation: Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform, to move S2M-5587—

that the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Gambling Act 2005 (Mandatory and Default Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

4. Subordinate legislation: Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform, to move S2M-5590—

that the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Representation of the People (Postal Voting for Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

5. Subordinate legislation: Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform, to move S2M-5589—

that the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Representation of the People (Post-Local Government Elections Supply and Inspection of Documents) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

6. Subordinate legislation: Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform, to move S2M-5647—

that the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Allowances and Expenses) Regulations 2007 be approved.

7. Subordinate legislation: Tom McCabe MSP, Minister for Finance and Public Service Reform, to move S2M-5585—

that the Local Government and Transport Committee recommends that the draft Business Improvement Districts (Ballot Arrangements) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 be approved.

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

the Local Government Pensions Etc. (Councillors and VisitScotland) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/71);
the Licensing (Clubs) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/76);
the Personal Licence (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/77);
the Public Service Vehicles (Registration of Local Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/79);
the Sale of Alcohol to Children and Young Persons (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/93);
the Licensing (Training) (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/95);
the Occasional Licence (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/96);
the Licensing (Designated Airports) (Scotland) Order 2007, (SSI 2007/97); and
the Licensing Qualification (Scotland) Regulations 2007, (SSI 2007/98).

9. British Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body: The Committee will consider a letter from the British Irish Inter-Parliamentary Body.

10. Annual Report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliamentary year 7 May 2006 to 2 April 2007.

Proposed future business

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

Enterprise and Culture Committee
7 March 2007
5th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 1.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Subordinate legislation: Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, to move S2M-5559—

that the Enterprise and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Fundable Bodies (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

2. Subordinate legislation: Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, to move S2M-5654—

that the Enterprise and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Debt Arrangement Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 be approved.

3. Subordinate legislation: Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, to move S2M-5624—

that the Enterprise and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2007 be approved.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13 March, the Committee will take evidence in a round-table discussion on sports issues and policies and consider research produced by the European Policies Research Centre on the impact of Structural Funds programmes in Scotland from 1994-2006. The Committee will also consider its annual report and its legacy paper. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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