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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
13 January 2009
1st Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Sexual imagery in goods aimed at children: The Committee will consider an options paper.

2. Mainstreaming equal opportunities in the work of committees of the Scottish Parliament (in private): The Committee will consider draft guidance.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 10 February, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on its inquiry into female offenders in the criminal justice system.

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

Justice Committee
13 January 2009
2nd Meeting, 2009

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 4 in private.

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

Tim Hopkins, Policy and Legislation Officer, Equality Network;

James Morton, Project Coordinator, Scottish Transgender Alliance;

Christina Stokes, Communications Officer, Stonewall Scotland;

and then from—

Norman Dunning, Chief Executive, ENABLE Scotland;

Faye Gatenby, Campaigns, Parliamentary and Policy Manager, Capability Scotland;

Charlie McMillan, Director of Research, Influence and Change, SAMH.

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

the Law Applicable to Non-Contractual Obligations (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/404).

4. Appointment of adviser: The Committee will consider whether to seek approval for the appointment of an adviser in connection with the anticipated Criminal Justice and Licencing (Scotland) Bill.

5. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 January, it is expected that the Committee will take further evidence on the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill. It is also expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice on Justice and Home Affairs in Europe.

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

European and External Relations Committee
13 January 2009
1st Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

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

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether consideration of its work programme, including the Scottish Government’s EU early intervention issues, at its meeting on 27 January 2009 should be taken in private.

3. Scottish Government’s China Plan: The Committee will take evidence from—

Linda Fabiani MSP, Minister for Europe, External Affairs and Culture, Deborah Smith, Deputy Director for International Division, and Fiona McLauchlan, China Policy Advisor, Scottish Government.

4. Lisbon Treaty inquiry: The Committee will consider its approach to the Lisbon Treaty inquiry.

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

6. Scottish Government European Union Early intervention issues (in private): The Committee will take evidence from—

Donald Henderson, Head of the Scottish Government EU Office and EU Director, Alasdair Hamilton, Head of European Strategy, Ian Campbell, Deputy Head of the Scottish Government EU Office (by video conference), Craig Egner, Senior Policy Advisor - Rural Affairs, Scottish Government EU Office (by video conference), Barry McCaffrey, Policy and Legal Advisor, Scottish Government EU Office (by video conference), James Johnston, Policy Advisor, Scottish Government EU Office (by video conference), and Ed Thomson, Policy Advisor, Scottish Government EU Office (by video conference), Scottish Government.

7. Scottish Government’s China Plan: The Committee will consider the key themes arising from the evidence session.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 27 January, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on its EU Budget Review inquiry and will consider its future work programme. The Committee will consider further activity on the China Plan at a future meeting.

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

Finance Committee
13 January 2009
1st Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Public sector pay: The Committee will take evidence from—

Councillor Michael Cook, Spokesperson for Strategic Human Resource Management, and Joe di Paola, Head of Employers Organisation, COSLA.

2. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 January, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on public sector pay.

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

Public Petitions Committee
13 January 2009
1st Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

PE1223 School bus safety

The Committee will take evidence from Ron and Janet Beaty

PE1228 Referendum on assisted dying

The Committee will take evidence from George Anderson, Dr Libby Wilson and Alice Watson

PE1212 Delivery of service by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

PE1221 A977

PE1224 Flag of Scotland in the Chamber

PE1226 Provision of forensic services

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

PE1076, PE1163 and PE1186 Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

PE1120 Funding of family mediation services

PE1123 Diabetes self-management plan

PE1124 Ban on snares

PE1126 Access to independent advocates

PE1174 Free public transport for under 16s

PE1176 Review of criteria for listing historic buildings

PE1177 Investigations into the genetic effects of radiation

PE1179 Acquired brain injury services

PE1180 Further education provision for students with complex needs

PE1181 Rural fuel prices

PE1182 Specialist epilepsy nurses

PE1183 Third party right of appeal

PE1184 Eco-friendly schools

PE1185 Inclusion of sewers and drains in road bonds

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 27 January, the Committee will meet at the Easterhouse Campus of John Wheatley College, Glasgow. It will consider new petitions on lessons from the Auschwitz Project, fair funding for voluntary sector services, processing biological information and the outbreak of clostridium difficile.The Committee will consider ongoing petitions on play strategy, re-introduction of suburban railway, nursery school closures, future of rural post offices, review of childcare strategy, free nursery education from 3rd birthday, personal expenses allowance, A92 upgrade, Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order accreditation scheme, standards of social rented housing, investigation of complaints by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, maintenance of common areas in new housing developments, tail docking, Shucksmith report on crofting.

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
13 January 2009
2nd Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

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

2. National Planning Framework 2: The Committee will take evidence from—

John Lauder, National Director for Scotland, Sustrans;

Paul Tetlaw, Chair, Transform Scotland;

Duncan McLaren, Scottish Environment Link;

Eddie Gray, Community Organiser and Network Developer, Plane Speaking;

and then from—

Carol Gilbert, Head of Planning and Strategy, SPT;

Alastair Short, Strategy Manager, SEStran;

Duncan MacIntyre, Chair, HITRANS;

Mike Galloway, Member of SCOTS Executive Committee, SCOTS;

and then (not before 4.00 pm) from—

Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, and Climate Change, and Graeme Purves, Assistant Chief Planner, Scottish Government.

3. National Planning Framework 2: The Committee will consider the evidence heard during its consideration of the National Planning Framework 2.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 January, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill from the Scottish Government Bill team.

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
13 January 2009
1st Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 3

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

2. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider an update on Cross-Party Groups.

3. Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill: The Committee will consider written evidence on the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill.

4. Review of Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body supported bodies: The Committee will consider its response to the consultation published by the Review of the SPCB Supported Bodies Committee.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 27 January, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill and a draft report on its inquiry into the cut-off date for the introduction of Members’ Bills.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
13 January 2009
2nd Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

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

2. Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

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

the Private Landlord Registration (Modification) (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/draft);

the Town and Country Planning (Grounds for Declining to Follow Recommendations) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/draft);

the Town and Country Planning (Hierarchy of Developments) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/draft);

the Town and Country Planning (Amount of Fixed Penalty) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/draft).

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

the Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Remuneration) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/415);

the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment (No. 2) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/425);

the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 (Handling Complaints and Specification of Interest Rates) Order 2008 (SSI 2008/428);

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Sheriff Officers) 2008 (SSI 2008/430);

the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) (Scotland) Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/432).

5. Instruments not subject to parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Messengers-at-Arms) 2008 (SSI 2008/431);

Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court European Small Claims Procedure Rules) 2008 (SSI 2008/435);

Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court European Order for Payment Procedure Rules) 2008 (SSI 2008/436).

6. Response to Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee The Committee will consider a further draft response to SPPA on possible changes to Standing Orders, in connection with the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 January, 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.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
14 January 2009
1st Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. National Planning Framework 2: The Committee will take evidence from—

Iain McMillan, Director, CBI Scotland;

Iain Duff, Chief Economist, Scottish Council for Development and Industry;

Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress;

and then from—

Scott Mathieson, Regulation Director, and Ross Baxter, Head of Environmental Planning, Scottish Power Energy Works;

Mike Barlow, System Development Manager, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Systems;

Andrew Hiorns, Strategy Review Manager, National Grid;

Stuart Cook, Director of Transmission, Ofgem;

David Anderson, Chief Executive, The Industrial and Power Association;

Jason Ormiston, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables;

and then from—

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

Aedan Smith, Head of Planning and Development, Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland.

2. National Planning Framework 2: The Committee will consider emerging issues from its consideration of the National Planning Framework 2 and identify any questions it wishes the lead Committee to raise with the Scottish Government.

3. Determining and delivering Scotland’s energy future: The Committee will consider its approach to the second stage of its inquiry.

4. Work programme: The Committee will review its work programme.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 January, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the state of the economy and SMEs/banking issues and agree its report on the proposed National Planning Framework 2.

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

Public Audit Committee
14 January 2009
1st Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 3, 4 and 5 in private.

2. Section 23 report: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "the First ScotRail rail passenger franchise" from—

Malcolm Reed, Chief Executive, David Binnie, Head of Rail Performance, Bill Reeve, Director of Rail Delivery, Transport Scotland and and Steven McMahon, Economic Adviser, Transport Scotland;

and then from—

Sir John Elvidge, Permanent Secretary, Scottish Government.

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

4. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Police call management: an initial review".

5. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A review of major capital projects".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 January, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report on the First ScotRail rail passenger franchise. The Committee will also receive further briefings from the Auditor General for Scotland on reports he has recently published.

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
14 January 2009
1st Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

2. Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Dr Ted Jefferies, Principal Psychologist, Argyll and Bute Council;

Martin Vallely, Service Manager Professional Services, City of Edinburgh Council;

Cameron Munro, Senior Solicitor (Education), Glasgow City Council;

Bryan Kirkaldy, Representative, ADES.

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

The Edinburgh Napier University Order of Council 2008 (SSI 2008/388).

4. Review of Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body supported bodies: The Committee will consider its response to the consultation published by the Review of the SPCB Supported Bodies Committee.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 January, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Bill.

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

Health and Sport Committee
14 January 2009
1st Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (Practice and Procedure) (No. 2) Amendment Rules 2008 (SSI 2008/396).

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of any draft report on pathways into sport at future meetings should be taken in private.

3. Pathways into sport inquiry - 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 in the inquiry.

4. Pathways into sport inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

John Beattie, Chair, Physical Activity Strategy Review Group;

Charlie Raeburn, former member of Scottish Executive PE Review Group;

Graham Watson, Executive Director, and Tommy Boyle, Programme Manager, Winning Scotland Foundation;

and then from—

Oliver Barsby, Policy Director, Scottish Association of Local Sports Councils;

Gavin MacLeod, Chief Executive Officer, Scottish Disability Sport;

Chris Robison, Policy Director, Scottish Sports Association.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 January, it is expected that the Committee will consider take oral evidence from PE teachers and others on its pathways into sport inquiry.

The Committee will continue to take evidence on its pathways into sport inquiry 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
14 January 2009
1st Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

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

2. National Planning Framework 2: The Committee will take evidence from—

Michael Levack, Chief Executive, Scottish Building Federation;

and then from—

John Esslemont, Convener, and Veronica Burbridge, Scottish Planning Policy Officer, Royal Town Planning Institute;

Bill Potts, Project Manager, City Plan (City of Glasgow Council), and Bob Stewart, Director of Environmental Services, Moray Council, Society of Directors of Planning.

3. National Planning Framework 2 (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence from witnesses.

4. Work programme: The Committee will agree its approaches to its work on Homelessness and Housing Supply and on Equal Pay.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 January, is expected that the Committee will consider subordinate legislation and take oral evidence from the Minister on National Planning Framework 2 (NPF2).

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
14 January 2009
2nd Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

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

the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/410).

2. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

3. Rural housing inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 January, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill, a draft report on the Rural Housing Inquiry; subordinate legislation including the Prohibited Procedures on Protected Animals (Exemptions) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009; petitions on coastal and maritime issues, and a Legislative Consent Memorandum on the UK Marine Bill.

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

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