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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

Justice Committee
28 October 2008
25th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 1

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

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft International Criminal Court (Remand Time) Order 2008 from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Ian Hockenhull, Policy Manager, Criminal Procedure Division, Dianne Drysdale, Policy Executive, Criminal Procedure Division, and Andrea Summers, Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: Kenny MacAskill MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Justice) to move S3M-2647— That the Justice Committee recommends that the draft International Criminal Court (Remand Time) Order 2008 be approved.

4. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Sandy Brindlay, National Co-ordinator, Rape Crisis Scotland;

Louise Johnston, National Legal Issues Worker, Scottish Women’s Aid;

and then from—

Susan Gallagher, Head of Policy and Research, and Frida Petersson, Policy Executive, Victim Support Scotland.

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

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; and

PE1063 by Robert Thomson calling for the Scottish Parliament to investigate the apparent conflict of interest which exists between solicitors/advocates and clients in the present system of speculative fee arrangements (no win – no fee) and to urge the Scottish Executive to overhaul the existing speculative fee arrangements framework and procedures in order to make solicitors/advocates more accountable to their clients.

6. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider whether to accept written evidence received after the deadline for submission of evidence.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 November, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take oral 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.

Finance Committee
28 October 2008
24th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill from—

Dan House, Bill Team Leader, and Robert Kirkwood, Policy Officer, Scottish Government.

2. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of its work programme at its next meeting should be taken in private and whether its consideration of its draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill should be taken in private at a future meeting.

3. Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill.

4. Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill.

5. 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 4 November, it is expected that the Committee will consider subordinate legislation and its work programme.

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
28 October 2008
19th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

Professor Jan Bebbington, Department of Accounting and Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews;

Dr Craig Mackenzie, Department of Sustainable Enterprise, University of Edinburgh;

Roger Levett, Development Consultant, Levett-Therivel;

and then from—

Dave Watson, Scottish Organiser, UNISON;

Dr Dan Barlow, Head of Policy, WWF Scotland;

Duncan McLaren, Chief Executive, Friends of the Earth Scotland;

John Stocks, Manager, Carbon Trust in Scotland.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 November, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Budget process 2009-10.

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

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
28 October 2008
18th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: Marilyn Livingstone MSP and Peter Peacock MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose its Deputy Convener.

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

4. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider applications for recognition from two proposed Cross-Party Groups.

5. Work programme: The Committee will consider a letter from the Convener of the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Committee in relation to its work programme.

6. Review of Volume 2, Section 6 of the Code of Conduct: The Committee will consider draft revised guidance on section 6 of the Code of Conduct.

7. Review of Volume 2, Section 8 of the Code of Conduct (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

8. Inquiry into points of order (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
28 October 2008
29th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.30 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 9 in private.

2. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Gery McLaughlin, Bill Team Leader, and Gordon McNicoll, Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

3. Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the 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 response from the Member in charge to points raised on 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 Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/322).

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

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Scheme of Assistance) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/draft).

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

the Notice to Local Authorities (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/324);

the Fish Farming Businesses (Record Keeping) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/326);

the Justice of the Peace Court (Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/328);

the Stipendiary Magistrates (Specified Day) (Sheriffdom of Glasgow and Strathkelvin) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/330);

the Bankruptcy (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/334).

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

the Dumfries and Galloway (Electoral Arrangements) Amendment Order 2008 (SSI 2008/325);

the Act of Sederunt (Summary Applications, Statutory Applications and Appeals etc. Rules) Amendment (Adult Support and Protection (Scotland) Act 2007) (No.2) (2008) (SSI 2008/335);

the Bluetongue (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/327);

the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No. 5) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/329).

9. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the evidence taken under item 2.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 November, 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.

Audit Committee
29 October 2008
15th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.15 am in Committee Room 1

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

2. 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.

3. Section 22 report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "The 2007-08 audit of the Western Isles Health Board".

4. Consideration of evidence: The Committee will consider the evidence received at item 2.

5. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "The 2007-08 audit of the Western Isles Health Board".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 12 November, 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.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
29 October 2008
20th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

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

Garry Clark, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Scottish Chamber of Commerce;

Niall Stuart, Press and Government Affairs Manager, Scottish Council for Development and Industry;

Michael Levack, Chief Executive, Scottish Building Federation;

Owen Kelly, Chief Executive, Scottish Financial Enterprise;

John Watt, Partner, Government and Infrastructure Advisory, Grant Thornton UK LLP;

Dr Peter Hughes, Chief Executive, Scottish Engineering.

2. Review of the public policy framework encouraging export promotion, international trade and inward investment: The Committee will consider a draft research report and take evidence from—

Professor Hervey Gibson, Chairman, and Bill Mitchell, Research Manager, COGENT Strategies International Ltd.

3. Tourism inquiry: Growing pains - can we achieve a 50% growth in tourist revenue by 2015?: The Committee will consider a further response from the Scottish Government to its inquiry report.

4. Local income tax: The Committee will consider a background note on local income tax.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 November, it is expected that the Committee will continue taking 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.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
29 October 2008
25th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 3

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

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 Draft Budget 2009-10 at future meetings should be taken in private.

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

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Sarah Smith, Director of Children, Young People and Social Care, Andrew Scott, Director of Lifelong Learning, and Colin MacLean, Director of Schools, Scottish Government.

4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft) from—

Lorraine Murray, Research Director, and Chris Martin, Associate Director, Ipsos MORI Scotland.

5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will further 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 5 November, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on the draft Provision of School Lunches (Disapplication of the Requirement to Charge) (Scotland) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/draft).

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

Health and Sport Committee
29 October 2008
25th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 3 and 4 in private.

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

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Dr Kevin Woods, Director-General Health and Chief Executive of the NHS in Scotland, and John Matheson, Director of Finance, Health Directorates, Scottish Government.

3. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider options for its draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

4. Health Inequalities Inquiry: The Committee will further consider its response to the Scottish Government’s report, Equally Well.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 November, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Scottish Government on the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee will continue to take evidence on the Bill at subsequent meetings.

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
29 October 2008
19th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 7 and future reviews of evidence on the December Fisheries Council in private.

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

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

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

Richard Lochhead MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment, Stewart Maxwell, Minister for Communities and Sport, David Brew, Deputy Director, Rural Communities Division, and Pauline Innes, Head of Regional Team (North), Housing and Investment Division, Scottish Government.

4. Fisheries Council: The Committee will take evidence on the issues to be considered at the December EU Fisheries Council from—

Nick Bailey, Coordinator of Fisheries Advice, Coby Needle, Assessment Scientist and Demersal Stock Adviser, and John Simmonds, Assessment Scientist and Pelagic Stock Adviser, Fisheries Research Services.

5. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2) (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

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

7. Fisheries Council: The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

8. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider possible witnesses to take evidence from at future meetings.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 November, the Committee will continue to take evidence on issues to be considered at the December EU Fisheries Council. The Committee expects to take to take evidence 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.

Local Government and Communities Committee
29 October 2008
26th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 5

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

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

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

Councillor Rob Murray, Vice-President, Councillor Graeme Morrice, Resources and Capacity Spokesperson, Barbara Lindsay, Strategic Director, and Brenda Campbell, Head of Finance, COSLA.

3. Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 5 November, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing and the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on the Scottish Government’s budget proposals 2009-2010.

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

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