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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
7 October 2008
14th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: Malcolm Chisholm MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Budget process at future meetings should be taken in private.

3. Carers: The Committee will take evidence on carers, in a round-table discussion, from—

Jane Kennedy, Team Leader, Health and Social Care Team, COSLA;

Kathleen Marshall, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People;

Alan Swift, Director of HR, the Scottish Court Service;

Alexis Jay, Chief Social Work Inspector, Social Work Inspection Agency;

Lawrence Wason, Divisional Officer, Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers.

4. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10 from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Graham Owenson, Team Leader, Local Government Finance, and Yvonne Strachan, Equality Unit, Scottish Government.

5. European Year of Equal Opportunities for All: The Committee will take evidence on the outcomes of the 2007 European Year of Equal Opportunities for All from—

Belinda Pyke, Director of Equality, European Commission.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 November, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill, hear from its sexual orientation reporter and consider a draft report on Budget process 2009-2010.

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

Justice Committee
7 October 2008
23rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private. The Committee will also decide whether its consideration of its draft report on the Scottish Government’s budget proposals 2009-10 should be taken in private at future meetings.

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

the Restriction of Liberty Order (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/307).

3. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10 from—

Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Community Safety;

Robert Gordon, Director General Justice and Communities, and Ruth Ritchie, Team Leader, Finance Justice, Scottish Government;

Mike Ewart, Chief Executive, Scottish Prison Service.

4. Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider whether to accept supplementary written evidence.

5. Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 October, it is expected that the Committee will begin to take evidence on the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill. The Committee expects to continue to take evidence on the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

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

European and External Relations Committee
7 October 2008
16th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Declaration of interests: Charlie Gordon MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

3. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 7 and 8 in private and whether further consideration of its EU work programme should be taken in private.

4. Scottish Government’s EU priorities: The Committee will take evidence from the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture.

5. Visit to Brussels: The Committee will receive a report back from the Deputy Convener on the visit to Brussels.

6. Brussels Bulletin: The Committee will consider the Brussels Bulletin.

7. Scottish Government’s China Plan: The Committee will consider its approach to future work.

8. Scottish Government’s EU priorities: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence session with the Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 November, it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence from Professor Iain Begg, London School of Economics, in relation to its inquiry into the EU Budget Review.

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

Finance Committee
7 October 2008
23rd Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: Jackie Baillie MSP and David Whitton MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

3. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s consolidated accounts for 2007-08 and Scotland Performs from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Alyson Stafford, Director of Finance, and Julie Wilson, Senior Statistician, Scottish Government.

4. Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill from—

Alasdair Morgan MSP;

David Cullum, Head of the Non-Executive Bills Unit, Scottish Parliament.

5. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill at a future meeting should be taken in private.

6. Proposed contingent liability: The Committee will consider a letter from the Scottish Government in relation to a contingent liability and take evidence from—

Derek Bearhop, Head of Commonwealth Games 2014 Delivery Team, Equalities, Social Inclusion and Sport Directorate, and Kate Vincent, Deputy Director for Sport, Equalities, Social Inclusion and Sport Directorate, Scottish Government.

7. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill.

8. Inquiry into the methods of funding capital investment projects (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 October, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill.

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

Public Petitions Committee
7 October 2008
15th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Declaration of Interests: Bill Butler MSP and Marlyn Glen MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Consideration of new petitions: The Committee will give consideration to the following new petitions—

PE1189 Standards of social rented housing

The Committee will take evidence from Anne Lear, Janice McEwan and Mike Dailly

PE1201 Shucksmith report on crofting

The Committee will take evidence from Netta MacKenzie

PE1175 A92 upgrade

The Committee will take evidence from Ronald Page, Jayne Smith and Dr Bob Grant

PE1188 Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order accreditation scheme

PE1190 Investigation of complaints by Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

PE1192 Promotion of independent vehicular ferry routes

PE1194 Rights of Kashmiri people

PE1195 Maintenance of common areas in new housing developments

PE1196 Tail docking

3. Consideration of current petitions: The Committee will give further consideration to the following current petitions—

PE908, PE909, PE1007 Traffic regulation orders and disabled parking bays

PE920, PE922, PE1018 NHS dental services

PE931 Skin cancer

PE1023 Residential care for the elderly

PE1032 Standard of care for the housebound elderly

PE1036 and PE1069 Employment for disabled people

PE1050 Protection of Common good sites

PE1061 Access rights under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003

PE1077 Protection of conditions relating to gifts of land

PE1086 and PE1091 NHS hospital car parking charges

PE1098 Mandatory fitting of seat felts on school buses

PE1109 Diagnosis and treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis

PE1122 Mordechai Vanunu

4. Notification of new petitions: The Committee will consider a paper indicating new petitions lodged since the last Committee meeting.

5. Inquiry into the public petitions process: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 November, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on review of ferry services and Road Equivalent Tariff (RET); permitted development rights of port authorities; support and promotion of bone marrow services; loss of sports facilities; discharge of a Repairing Standard Enforcement Order; planning permission in high flooding risk areas; equal access to public transport operatiors and Robert the Bruce’s Castle Gardens. The Committee also expects to further consider current petitions on protection from broken glass; promoting the services of independent midwives; research funding into endometriosis; catholics in Scotland’s prisons; free public transport for under 18 year olds; residential and abstinence treatment; Scottish Agricultural Wages Board; water charges relief; right of notification; dotSCO; deposit and return scheme on beverage containers; Fresh Talent Initiative; and young offenders.

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

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
7 October 2008
18th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Declaration of interests: Des McNulty MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

3. Scottish Water Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08: The Committee will take evidence from—

Gary Womersley, Chief Officer, Jim Black, Head of Customer Support, and Tom McClements, National Service Quality Committee Chair, WaterWatch Scotland.

4. Climate change events: The Committee will consider its approach to forthcoming climate change events.

5. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2) - witness expenses: The Committee will be invited to delegate to the Convener responsiblity for arranging for the SPCB to pay, under Rule 12.4.3, any expenses of witnesses during consideration of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

6. National Planning Framework 2: The Committee will consider its approach to the National Planning Framework 2.

7. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 October, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the budget process 2009-10 at Stage 2.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
7 October 2008
28th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: Malcolm Chisholm MSP and Tom McCabe MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 8 in private.

3. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response to points raised on the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

4. Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

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

the Energy Performance of Buildings (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/309);

the Inshore Fishing (Prohibition on Fishing) (Lamlash Bay) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/317).

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

the International Criminal Court (Remand Time) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft);

the Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft);

the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft).

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

the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/322).

8. Correspondence from the Minister for Parliamentary Business: The Committee will consider a response from the Minister for Parliamentary Business on the Plastic Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/261).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 October, it is expected that the Committee will consider 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.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
8 October 2008
24th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.15 am in Committee Room 6

1. Declaration of interests: Claire Baker MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

3. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10 from—

Linda Fabiani MSP, Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture, Wendy Wilkinson, Deputy Director, Culture Division, and David Seers, Head of Cultural Excellence Team, Culture Division, Scottish Government.

4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the following affirmative instrument—

the Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on Wednesday 29 October, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2) from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.

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

Audit Committee
8 October 2008
14th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: Cathie Craigie MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 6, 7 and 8 in private.

3. Section 23 report: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A review of major capital projects" from—

Sir John Elvidge, Permanent Secretary, and Alyson Stafford, Director of Finance, Scottish Government.

4. Audit Committee’s report "The 2006/07 Audit of Western Isles Health Board": The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s response to the Audit Committee’s report "The 2006/07 Audit of Western Isles Health Board" from—

Sir John Elvidge, Permanent Secretary, Dr Kevin Woods, Director-General Health and Chief Executive of the NHS in Scotland, and Paul Martin, Chief Nursing Officer and Interim Director Health Workforce, Scottish Government.

5. Section 23 report: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A review of free personal and nursing care" from—

Dr Kevin Woods, Director-General Health and Chief Executive of the NHS in Scotland, Graeme Dickson, Director of Primary and Community Care, and Neil Rennick, Head of Older Peoples Unit, Scottish Government.

6. Consideration of evidence: The Committee will consider the evidence received at agenda item 3.

7. Consideration of evidence: The Committee will consider the evidence received at agenda item 4.

8. Consideration of evidence: The Committee will consider the evidence received at agenda item 5.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 October, it is expected that the Committee will receive further briefings from the Auditor General for Scotland and consider a number of written responses from Accountable Officers in relation to previously published reports of the Auditor General for Scotland.

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

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
8 October 2008
19th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: Ms Wendy Alexander MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10 from—

Jo Armstrong, Director, Armstrong and Armstrong Limited;

John McLaren, Honorary Research Fellow, Centre for Public Policy for Regions;

Kenneth Low, Research Fellow, The Fraser of Allander Institute, University of Strathclyde;

Ben Thomson, Chairman, Reform Scotland.

3. The impact of the credit crunch on the Scottish economy: The Committee will discuss an options paper on how members may wish to take forward deliberations on this issue.

4. Invitation to the Council of Economic Advisers: The Committee will discuss its invitation to the chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers to give evidence to the Committee.

5. Seminar with the Scottish Trades Union Congress: The Committee will consider an outline programme for its annual seminar with the Scottish Trades Union Congress.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 October, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

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

Health and Sport Committee
8 October 2008
24th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Declaration of interests: Jackie Baillie MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 6 and 8 in private.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Mental Health (England and Wales Cross-border transfer: patients subject to requirements other than detention) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 from—

Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health, Joanna Keating, Legal Adviser, Legal Directorate, and John Williamson, Policy Officer, Mental Health Division, Scottish Government.

4. Subordinate legislation: Shona Robison MSP (Minister for Public Health) to move S3M-2563—

That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the draft Mental Health (England and Wales Cross-border transfer: patients subject to requirements other than detention) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 be approved.

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

the National Health Service (Recognition of Health Service Bodies) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/315);

the Mental Health (Certificates for Medical Treatment) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/316).

6. Health inequalities inquiry: The Committee will consider a draft response to the Scottish Government’s report, Equally Well.

Not before 11:00 AM

7. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10 from—

Philippa Bonella, Director of Information and Communications, ASH Scotland;

Theresa Fyffe, Director, Royal College of Nursing Scotland;

John Gallacher, Regional Organiser, UNISON Scotland;

Dr Andrew Lamb, National Director, British Dental Association Scotland.

8. Mental health services inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 October, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing on the Scottish Government’s draft budget. The Committee expects to take evidence on the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

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

Local Government and Communities Committee
8 October 2008
25th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Declaration of interests: Mary Mulligan MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Jackie Baillie MSP;

David Cullum, Clerk Team Leader, Non-Executive Bills Unit;

Robert Marr, Assistant Legal Adviser, Directorate of Legal Services.

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

the Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/310).

4. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of draft reports on the Scottish Government’s budget proposals 2009-10 and draft reports on the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 should be taken in private at future meetings.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 October it is expected that the Committee will consider subordinate legislation; take oral evidence from COSLA on the Scottish Government’s budget proposals 2009-2010 and consider a draft report on the Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
8 October 2008
18th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10 from—

Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Richard Wakeford, Director General Environment, and Ross Scott, Finance Team Leader, Scottish Government.

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

Gavin Corbett, Policy Manager, Shelter.

3. Crown Estate: The Committee will consider written evidence on the Crown Estate and Crown Estate Commissioners.

4. Petition: The Committee will consider petition PE749 by Geoffrey Kolbe, on behalf of Newcastleton and District Community Council, seeking a moratorium and legislative restrictions on the spreading of sewage sludge.

5. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2) (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

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

7. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a paper on possible witnesses for future meetings.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 October the Committee will take evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment and the Minister for Communities and Sport on its rural housing inquiry.

The Committee expects to take evidence on the annual quotas proposed under the Common Fisheries Policy and on the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

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

Other Future Meetings

This section includes the agendas of other forthcoming meetings and outlines proposed future business, which may be subject to change.

Scottish Commission for Public Audit
8 October 2008
7th Meeting, 2008

The Commission will meet at 12.30 pm in Committee Room 6

Corporate governance of Audit Scotland (in private): The Commission will consider a draft report on its review of the corporate governance of Audit Scotland.

Proposed future business

For further details on the next meeting of the Commission, contact the Secretary to the Commission, whose details are provided at the end of the Bulletin.

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