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Meetings of Committees

All meetings take place in the Scottish Parliament, unless otherwise specified. Contact details for Committee Clerks are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

European and External Relations Committee
9th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Scottish Government’s ‘A National Conversation’: The Committee will take evidence from—

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing.

2. Inquiry into the transposition of EU directives: The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor Russel Griggs, CBI Scotland’s adviser on regulation;

Norrie McLean, Chairman, Scottish Food and Drink Federation;

and then from—

Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, STUC.

3. EU Services Directive: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk.

4. EU Reform Treaty: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Government.

5. Inquiry into the transposition of EU directives: The Committee will consider a paper by the Clerk.

Justice Committee
13th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 1

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

PE767 by Norman Dunning, on behalf of ENABLE, calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to review the operation and effectiveness of the Fatal Accidents and Sudden Deaths Inquiry (Scotland) Act 1976; and

PE997 by Peter Cox, on behalf of the Mothers for Justice Campaign, calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to provide greater protection to the children and partners of abusive parents by introducing legislation to ensure that (a) where an allegation of abuse has been made against a parent, access rights are suspended pending a full investigation; (b) all previous convictions of an abusive parent are taken into account before access rights are granted; (c) all access hearings are held in open court; and (d) all sheriffs who deal with child custody cases are given appropriate training.

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

the Licensing (Relevant Offences) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/513).

3. Draft budget scrutiny 2008-09: The Convener will report back on the Health and Sport Committee’s scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s draft budget in relation to support for offenders with drug and alcohol problems, which he participated in on 28 November 2007.

4. Effective use of police resources inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider options for its draft report.

5. Draft budget scrutiny 2008-09 (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report.

Equal Opportunities Committee
8th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2) (in private): The Committee will consider its draft report to the Finance Committee.

2. Committee inquiries (in private): The Committee will consider a paper on possible inquiry topics.

Finance Committee
13th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider item 3 in private and a draft report on the budget process 2008-09 in private at future meetings.

2. Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill from—

Derek Casey, Interim Chief Executive, Organising Committee;

Lynn Brown, Executive Director Financial Services, Glasgow City Council; and

Nick Brown, Bill Team Leader, and Maureen McGeown, Finance Team Leader, Scottish Government;

and will decide whether to consider a draft report on the Financial Memorandum in private at a future meeting.

3. Budget process 2008-09 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence sessions on the budget process 2008-09, in order to inform the drafting of its report.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
4th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Cross-Party Groups (Standards): The Committee will consider applications for recognition from four proposed Cross-Party Groups.

2. Elections to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body (Procedures): The Committee will consider a note by the Clerks.

3. Review of equalities in the work of Committees (Procedures): The Committee will consider a note by the Clerks.

4. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider the following items in private: item 5 on its work programme, item 6 on a request from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner, and a draft report on elections to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body at future meetings.

5. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme, taking account of the resolution passed by Parliament on the budget process on 8 November 2007.

6. Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner (Standards): The Committee will consider a request for a direction from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
15th Meeting, 2007

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take item 7, and all future items where it considers evidence heard in relation to its inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland in private.

2. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence on its inquiry from—

Sylvia Jackson, former Convener of the Subordinate Legislation Committee;

Murray Tosh, former member of the Subordinate Legislation Committee; and

Iain Jamieson, former advisor to the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

3. Delegated powers scrutiny: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the following bill––

Public Health etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

4. Scottish Government responses: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s responses in relation to the following—

the Foot-and-Mouth Disease (Export and Movement Restrictions) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/518).

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

the Water Environment (Drinking Water Protected Areas) (Scotland) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/529);

the Seeds (Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/536);

the Fishery Products (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/537);

the Meat (Official Controls Charges) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/538);

the Licensing (Vessels etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/545);

the Registration Services (Fees, etc.) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/531);

the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Rural Housing Bodies) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/535);

the Police (Promotion) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/528);

the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003 (Conservation Bodies) Amendment Order 2007 (SSI 2007/533); and

the Food Labelling (Declaration of Allergens) (Scotland) Regulations 2007 (SSI 2007/534).

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

the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 (Commencement No. 7) Order 2007 (SSI 2007/530);

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No.10) (Miscellaneous) 2007 (SSI 2007/548);

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Messengers-at-Arms) 2007 (SSI 2007/532); and

Act of Sederunt (Lands Valuation Appeal Court) 2007 (SSI 2007/539).

7. Inquiry into the regulatory framework in Scotland: The Committee will consider the evidence heard at the meeting.

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