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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
4 November 2008
15th 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 its consideration of a draft report to the Justice Committee on the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill at future meetings should be taken in private.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a work programme at its next meeting should be taken in private.

3. Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Niki Kandirikirira, Executive Director, Engender;

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

Louise Johnson, National Worker - Legal Issues, Scottish Women’s Aid.

4. Reporter: The Committee will hear from its sexual orientation reporter.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 November, it is expected that the Committee will continue take oral evidence on the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill.

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

European and External Relations Committee
4 November 2008
17th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.00 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. EU Budget Review inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor Iain Begg, European Institute, London School of Economics.

3. Brussels Bulletin: The Committee will consider the latest issue of the Brussels Bulletin.

4. Future scrutiny of EU issues: The Committee will consider its approach to its future scrutiny of EU issues.

5. EU Budget Review inquiry: The Committee will consider the key themes arising from the evidence session with Professor Iain Begg.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 November, it is expected that the Committee will consider a special edition of the Brussels Bulletin on energy and climate change.

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

Justice Committee
4 November 2008
26th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3, and all future consideration of the main themes arising from the evidence sessions on the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill, in private.

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

Jan McClory, Assistant Director, Children and Family Services, Children 1st;

Dr Jonathan Sher, Director of Research, Policy & Practice Development, Children in Scotland;

Martin Crewe, Director, Barnardo’s Scotland;

and then from—

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

and then from—

Netta McIver, Principal Reporter, and Karen Brady, Head of Practice, Scottish Children’s Reporter Administration.

3. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence session.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 November, it is expected that the Committee will again consider 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.

Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
4 November 2008
20th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take agenda item 4 and its consideration of a draft report on the Budget process 2009-10 at future meetings in private.

2. 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, Philip Wright, Deputy Director Climate Change, David Reid, Head of Finance Programme Management, Malcolm Reed, Chief Executive, Transport Scotland, and Guy Houston, Director for Finance and Corporate Services, Transport Scotland, Scottish Government.

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

Sir Ian Byatt, Chairman, and Craig Mackenzie, Analyst, Water Industry Commission for Scotland.

4. Budget process 2009-10 (Stage 2): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from its evidence sessions on the Scottish Government’s draft budget 2009-10.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 November, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on its inquiry into the potential benefits of high-speed rail services.

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

Finance Committee
4 November 2008
25th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Order 2008 from—

Jim Mather MSP, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Marina Curran, Assistant Statistician, Office of the Chief Statistician, Rob Wishart, Chief Statistician, and Graham Fisher, Head of Constitutional and Civil Law Division, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Jim Mather MSP (Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism) to move S3M-02766—

That the Finance Committee recommends that the draft Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Order be approved.

3. 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—

Peter Bales, Secretary, and Brian Byrne, Chair, Electoral Registration Committee of the Scottish Assessors’ Association;

and then from—

Kenneth Hogg, Deputy Director of Health Delivery, and Robert Kirkwood, Policy Officer, Scottish Government.

4. 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 10 November, at the County Buildings in Ayr, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth 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.

Public Petitions Committee
4 November 2008
16th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

2. Admissibility of proposed petition: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk on the admissibility of a proposed petition.

3. Inquiry into the public petitions process: The Committee will take evidence from—

Peter McColl, SCVO;

Hannah Cornish, Scottish Independent Advocacy Alliance;

Graeme Robertson, Young Scot;

Dr Laura Miller, Hansard Society;

Association of Scottish Community Councils;

Liz Rowlett, Scottish Disability Equality Forum.

4. Consideration of new petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions—

PE1193 Provision of specialist schoolteachers

PE1202 Permitted development rights of port authorities

PE1203 Review of ferry services and Road Equivalent Tariff

PE1205 Provision of sports facilities

PE1206 Equal access to public transport operators

PE1207 Planning permission in high flooding risk areas

PE1208 Discharge of a Repairing Standard Enforcement Order

PE1209 Robert the Bruce’s Castle Gardens

5. Consideration of current petitions: The Committee will consider the following current petitions—

PE986 Protection from broken glass

PE1052 Promoting the services of independent midwives

PE1057 Research funding into endometriosis

PE1107

Free public transport for under 18 year olds

PE1113 Residential and abstinence treatment

PE1135 Review of guidelines to allow healthy gay and bisexual men to donate blood

PE1139 Scottish Agricultural Wages Board

PE1142 Water charges relief

PE1143 Right of Notification

PE1144 dotSCO

PE1145 Deposit and return scheme on beverage containers

PE1146 Fresh Talent Initiative

PE1155 Young offenders

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

7. Work programme: The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk on its work programme.

8. Approach to further consideration of petition PE1171 (in private): The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk on its approach to further consideration of petition PE1171.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 November, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on access to legal representation; role of health visitors; support and promotion of bone marrow services; highland delivery charges; and beneficiary under Succession law

The Committee is also expected to further consider current petitions on marine environment and air space; upgrading the A76; specialist visiting teachers; Catholics in Scotland’s prisons; protection of historic sites; protection from windfarm developments; provision of motorcycle facilities; Provision of the Cetuximab drug across NHS Boards; destruction of medical records; review of fire service boards; disabled car parking spaces; review of screening for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and heart conditions; CCTV provision; and best interests of children.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
4 November 2008
30th Meeting, 2008

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 6

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

2. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

3. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

4. Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

5. Energy Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Energy Bill (UK Parliament legislation).

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

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/342).

7. Correspondence from the Minister for Parliamentary Business: The Committee will consider a letter from the Minister for Parliamentary Business on the Subordinate Legislation Committee’s 12th Report, 2008 and the forthcoming Legislative Reform Bill.

8. Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider areas of questioning for officials on the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 November, it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence on the delegated powers provisions in the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1, as well as considering 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.

Scottish Commission for Public Audit
5 November 2008
8th Meeting, 2008

The Commission will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Commission will consider whether to take agenda item 5, and future consideration of a draft report on Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2009-10, in private.

2. Audit Scotland Annual Report and Accounts for the year to 31 March 2008 and Auditor’s Report on the Accounts: The Commission will take evidence from—

Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland, Russell Frith, Director of Audit Strategy, and Diane McGiffen, Director of Corporate Services, Audit Scotland;

and then from—

Richard Gibson, HW Chartered Accountants, External Auditors to Audit Scotland.

3. Audit Scotland’s Autumn Budget Revision 2008-09: The Commission will take evidence from—

Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland, Russell Frith, Director of Audit Strategy, and Diane McGiffen, Director of Corporate Services, Audit Scotland.

4. Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2009-10: The Commission will take evidence from—

Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland, Russell Frith, Director of Audit Strategy, and Diane McGiffen, Director of Corporate Services, Audit Scotland.

5. Audit Scotland evidence: The Commission will consider the evidence heard to date to inform the preparation of its report on Audit Scotland’s Budget Proposal for 2009-10.

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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