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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

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
11 February 2009
5th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Determining and delivering Scotland’s energy future (in private): The Committee will agree lines of questioning.

Not before 10:00 AM

2. Determining and delivering Scotland’s energy future: The Committee will take evidence on the issues of transmission charging and energy infrastructure from—

Alex MacKinnon, Regulation and Trading Arrangements Manager, ScottishPower (Energy Wholesale);

Jason Ormiston, Chief Executive, Scottish Renewables;

Alison Kay, Commercial Director - Transmission, The National Grid;

Paul A Neilson, Transmission Development Manager, Scottish and Souther Energy’s Power Distribution Business;

Audrey MacIver, Head of Energy, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

and then from—

Steve Smith, Managing Director of Networks, Ofgem.

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

The Scottish Register of Tartans Fees Order 2009 (SSI 2009/6)

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 February, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take oral evidence from various organisations on its energy inquiry.

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
11 February 2009
5th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Education reports: The Committee will take evidence on the Improving Scottish Education 2005-2008 report, and Annual Report 2007-08 from—

Graham Donaldson, HM Senior Chief Inspector, Wray Bodys, HM Chief Inspector, Annette Bruton, HM Chief Inspector, Chris McIlroy, HM Chief Inspector and Stuart Robinson, Corporate Services Director, HMIE.

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

the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Transitory Provisions in Consequence of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/4).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 February, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Scottish Government on offender learning.

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

Health and Sport Committee
11 February 2009
5th 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 3 in private.

2. Forthcoming legislation: The Committee will consider its approach to forthcoming legislation on tobacco control and general medical services.

3. Cross-border healthcare: The Committee will consider its approach to a proposed EU directive on cross-border healthcare.

4. Mental health services inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25th February, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from sports governing bodies and others on pathways into sport.

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
11 February 2009
5th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

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

2. Homelessness: The Committee will take oral evidence from—

Gavin Corbett, Policy Manager, Shelter;

Andy Young, Policy and Strategy Manager, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations;

Robert Aldridge, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Single Homeless;

and then from—

Cathy King, Head of Housing and Regeneration Services, City of Edinburgh Council;

John Kerr, Strategy Officer, and Janice Lockhart, Section Head of Homelessness Services, West Dunbartonshire Council;

David Kemp, Homelessness Services Manager, Scottish Borders Council.

3. Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Annual Report: The Committee will take evidence from—

Professor Alice Brown, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman, Eric Drake, Director of Investigations, and David Robb, Director of Policy and Development, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman.

4. Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill: The Committee will consider a potential approach to the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill.

5. National Planning Framework 2 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

It is expected that the Committee will next meet on 25 February.

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
11 February 2009
5th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

the Feeding Stuffs (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/21).

2. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1, in a roundtable discussion, from—

Stuart Goodall, Chief Executive, Confederation of Forest Industries;

Allan Mackenzie, Representative of Forestry Commission Trade Unions;

Dr Calum Macdonald, Forestry Commissioner and Chairman of the National Committee for Scotland, Forestry Commission Scotland;

Lisa Duggan, Landscapes Manager, Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park Authority;

Angus Yarwood, Convener of the Woodland Task Force, Scottish Environment LINK;

Janice Cassidy, Policy Officer, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association;

Gavin Ellis, Director, Scottish Tourism Forum;

and then from—

Michael Russell MSP, Minister for Environment, Scottish Government; Anne Cairns, Solicitor, Rural Affairs Division, Scottish Government;

Joe O’Hara, Head of the Natural Heritage Management Team, Scottish Government;

Bob McIntosh, Director, and

David Henderson-Howat, Policy Adviser, Forestry Commission Scotland.

3. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 25 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill, a draft report on the Legislative Consent Memorandum on the UK Marine Bill, and a draft report on the rural housing inquiry.

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

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