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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

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
28 May 2008
12th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Tourism inquiry - Growing pains: can we achieve a 50% growth in tourist revenue by 2015?: The Committee will take evidence on its tourism inquiry from—

Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, John Brown, Deputy Director, Tourism and Whisky Legislation Division, Richard Arnott, Head of Tourism Unit, and Mairi Caldwell, Tourism Policy Adviser, Scottish Government.

2. Energy Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandum lodged by John Swinney (LCM(S3) 12.1) and take evidence from—

Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Bruce Stewart, Policy Executive, Marine Strategy, Ross Loveridge, Senior Energy Policy Adviser, and Norman MacLeod, Senior Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government.

3. The Scottish Register of Tartans Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the general principles of the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Mike McElhinney, Branch Head, Manufacturing Policy, Scottish Government and George MacKenzie, Keeper of the Records of Scotland;

Jamie McGrigor MSP, Mike McElhinney, Branch Head, Manufacturing Policy, Scottish Government and George MacKenzie, Keeper of the Records of Scotland.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 June, the Committee will discuss the outline of its Tourism Inquiry report and its Stage 1 report on the Scottish Register of Tartans Bill. The Committee will decide whether to take these items in private. For further details, contact the Clerk to the Committee, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
28 May 2008
14th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 5

1. Creative Scotland Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 Report.

Not before 11 am

2. Petition PE1046: The Committee will take evidence on the petition from—

Murdo Maciver, Convener of the Resources Committee, Association of Directors of Education in Scotland;

Brian Cooklin, President, Headteachers’ Association of Scotland;

Greg Dempster, General Secretary, Association of Headteachers and Deputes in Scotland.

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

the Designation of Institutions of Higher Education (The Scottish Agricultural College) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/163);

the Designation of Institutions of Higher Education (The Scottish Agricultural College) (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/177);

the Central Institutions (Recognition) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/178).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 June, it is expected that the Committee will consider a number of affirmative Scottish statutory instruments.

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

Audit Committee
28 May 2008
10th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will consider whether to take agenda items 4 and 5 in private.

2. National Fraud initiative in Scotland 2006/07: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the report entitled "National Fraud Initiative in Scotland 2006/07".

3. Section 22 Reports: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on the Section 22 reports entitled "The 2006/07 Audit of James Watt College" and "The 2006/07 Audit of Kilmarnock College".

4. Consideration of the title and remit of the Audit Committee: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee regarding proposed changes to the title and remit of the Audit Committee.

5. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A review of free personal and nursing care" (AGS/2008/1) in light of the publication of a report by Lord Sutherland entitled "Independent review of free personal and nursing care in Scotland". The Committee will also consider its approach to the report entitled "National Fraud Initiative in Scotland 2006/07" and the Section 22 reports entitled "The 2006/07 Audit of James Watt College" and "The 2006/07 Audit of Kilmarnock College".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting it is expected that the Committee will consider further briefings from the Auditor General for Scotland.

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

Local Government and Communities Committee
28 May 2008
16th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

2. Overview of local authority audits 2007: The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor John Baillie, Chair, Accounts Commission;

Caroline Gardner, Deputy Auditor General, and Gordon Smail, Portfolio Manager, Public Reporting – Local Government Portfolio, Audit Scotand.

3. Local Income Tax: The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor Christopher Himsworth, Professor of Administrative Law, Edinburgh University;

Professor Richard Kerley, Vice Principal, International Strategy and Commercialisation, Queen Margaret University;

Professor Alan Page, Professor of Public Law, University of Dundee.

4. Child poverty inquiry: The Committee will consider an approach paper.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 June, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the impact on communities of the switchover to digital TV and consider a draft report on Elections 2007.

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
28 May 2008
11th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Rural housing inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Andrew Bradford, Planning, Housing and Infrastucture Policy Group, Sarah-Jane-Laing, Housing Strategy Officer and Drew McFarlane Slack, Highland Regional Manager, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association

and then from—

Jonathan Fair, Chief Executive, Homes for Scotland;

Bruce Walker, Land Director, Robertson Homes.

Not before 11.45 am

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the following affirmative instrument—

the Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft)

from—

Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Robertson, Policy Manager, Waste and Pollution Division and Heather Wortley, Solicitor, Food and Environment Division, Scottish Government;

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

3. Subordinate legislation: Richard Lochhead MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment) to move—

S3M-1894—That the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee recommends that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish ministers etc.) Order 2008 be approved.

4. Finance Committee inquiry on the budget process: The Committee will consider issues raised in the Finance Committee’s inquiry.

5. Scottish Government budget 2009-10 - appointment of adviser: The Committee will consider whether to seek approval for the appointment of an adviser in connection with its scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s budget 2009-10.

6. Ticks and tick-borne diseases: John Scott will report back to the Committee on a meeting he attended on 25 April 2008.

7. European Union issues: The Committee will consider an update on European Union issues.

8. Rural housing inquiry (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 June, the Committee will continue to take evidence on its rural housing inquiry.

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

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