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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

Health and Sport Committee
26 January 2009
3rd Meeting, 2009

 The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in the Court Room, Cottrell Building, University of Stirling

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

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

Rob Hardie, Partnership Manager, SportCentral;

Brian Samson, Partnership Manager, SportTayside and Fife;

Bob McGowan, Services Manager, Schools, Stirling Council;

Peter Bilsborough, Director of Sports Development, and Alan Lynn, Senior Teaching Fellow in Sports Coaching, University of Stirling;

and then from—

Stewart Harris, Chief Executive, and Mike Roberts, Director of Sports Development, sportscotland.

3. Pathways into sport inquiry: The Committee will discuss its recent fact-finding visits.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 Febuary, the Committee expects to consider the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

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

Justice Committee
27 January 2009
4th Meeting, 2009

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 consider an options paper and draft report on the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill in private at future meetings.

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

Andrew McIntyre, Head of Victims and Diversity Team, and Linda Cockburn, Principal Procurator Fiscal Depute, Victims and Diversity Team, Policy Division, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service;

and then from—

Patrick Harvie MSP;

Sara Stewart, Criminal Law and Licensing Division, Sentencing Policy Unit, and Jetinder Shergill, Solicitor, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

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

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 10 February, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice on Legislative Consent Memorandums on the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill, the Coroners and Justice Bill and the Policing and Crime 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
27 January 2009
2nd 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 consideration of the key themes arising from each oral evidence session in respect of its EU Budget Review inquiry in private.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether consideration of a draft report on its China Plan inquiry at its next meeting should be taken in private.

3. EU Budget Review inquiry: The Committee will take evidence, in a video conference, from—

Dr Fabian Zuleeg, Senior Policy Analyst, and Dr Sara Hagemann, Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre.

4. EU Budget Review inquiry: The Committee will consider written evidence received in response to the Call for Evidence.

5. Pilot subsidiarity check: The Committee will consider its approach to a pilot subsidiarity check.

6. Scottish Government’s European Union early intervention issues (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the Scottish Government’s EU early intervention issues.

7. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to developing its work programme.

8. EU Budget Review inquiry: The Committee will consider the key themes arising from the evidence session.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence from the European Commission and Members of the European Parliament as part of its EU Budget Review inquiry and consider its approach to its future work on the China Plan.

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

Public Petitions Committee
27 January 2009
2nd Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in John Wheatley College, Easterhouse Campus, Glasgow

1. Inquiry into the public petitions process: The Committee will take evidence as part of its inquiry into the public petitions process.

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

PE1225 Outbreak of clostridium difficile

The Committee will take evidence from Michelle Stewart and David Chandler

PE1229 Processing of biological information

The Committee will take evidence from Craig Macadam, Murdo Macdonald and Patrick Milne-Home

PE1227 Lessons from Auschwitz Project

PE1230 Tail docking

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

PE913 Play strategy

PE1080 Re-introduction of suburban railway

PE1093 Nursery school closures

PE1102 Future of rural post offices

PE1108 Provision of the Cetuximab drug across NHS Boards

PE1114 Review of c hildcare strategy

PE1116 Free nursery education from 3rd birthday

PE1125 Personal expenses allowance

PE1175 A92 Upgrade

PE1188 Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order accrediation scheme

PE1189 Standards of social rented housing

PE1190 Investigation of complaints by the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

PE1195 Maintenance of common areas in new housing developments

PE1196 Tail docking

PE1201 Shucksmith report on crofting

4. 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 10 February, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on a petition on support for community prisons. The Committee is also expected to further consider current petitions on traffic regulation orders and disabled parking bays; protection from broken glass; employment opportunities for disabled people; promoting the services of independent midwives; research funding into endometriosis; access rights under the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003; upgrading the A76; specialist visiting teachers; Catholics in Scotland’s prisons; protection from windfarm developments; mandatory fitting of seat belts on school buses; school closures; review of guidelines to allow healthy gay and bisexual men to donate blood; dotSCO; deposit and return scheme on beverage containers; review of fire service boards; disabled car parking spaces; mandatory sentencing for knife crime; provision of specialist schoolteachers; access to legal representation; role of health visitors; permitted development rights of port authorities; review of ferry services and Road Equivalent Tariff; support and promotion of bone marrow services; equal access to public transport operators; discharge of a Repairing Standard Enforcement Order; Robert the Bruce’s Castle Gardens; highland delivery charges.

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
27 January 2009
4th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Professor John Mitchell, Director of Climate Science, Met Office;

Professor Peter Smith, Professor of Soils and Global Change, University of Aberdeen;

Phil Matthews, Senior Policy Advisor, Sustainable Development Commission Scotland;

and then from—

David Kennedy, Chief Executive, and Katherine White, Economic Adviser, Committee on Climate Change.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 February, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill.

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
27 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 items 4 and 5 in private.

2. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider an application for recognition from the proposed Cross-Party Group on Beer and the Brewing Industry.

3. Code of Conduct for MSPs: The Committee will consider a letter from the Presiding Officer in relation to possible changes to the Code of Conduct arising from the Reimbursement of Members’ Expenses Scheme.

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

5. Guidance for MSPs on handling difficult correspondents or constituents: The Committee will consider draft guidance for MSPs on handling difficult correspondents or constituents.

6. Members’ Bills - cut-off date for introduction (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 10 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider its inquiries into the review of equalities in the work of committees and the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill. The Committee expects to also consider aspects of Section 2 and Section 7 of the Code of Conduct.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
27 January 2009
4th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 6

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

the Rural Development Contracts (Rural Priorities) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/1);

the Animal By-Products (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/7);

the Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/8).

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

the Scottish Register of Tartans Act 2008 (Commencement) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/5);

the Public Health etc. (Scotland) Act 2008 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/9);

Act of Sederunt (Registration Appeal Court) 2009 (SSI 2009/12).

3. Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response to the Committee’s Stage 1 report.

4. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

5. Local Government, Economic Development and Construction Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Local Government, Economic Development and Construction Bill (UK Parliament legislation).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 February, 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.

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