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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
24 March 2009
10th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the High Court of Justiciary Fees Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2009/87); the Court of Session etc. Fees Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2009/88); the Sheriff Court Fees Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2009/89) and take evidence from—

Gordon Wales, Director of Operational Support, Scottish Court Service.

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

the Police Grant (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/80);

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Solicitors in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2009 (SSI 2009/81).

3. Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 31 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 (Day 3).

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

Equal Opportunities Committee
24 March 2009
5th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Scottish Government’s Race Equality Statement: The Committee will take evidence from—

Alex Neil MSP, Minister for Housing and Communities, Kelly Abel, Policy Officer, Equality Unit, Lesley Irving, Team Leader, Equality Unit, and Paul Wood, Policy Officer, Equality Unit, Scottish Government.

2. Female offenders in the criminal justice system inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a timetable for taking oral evidence on its inquiry into female offenders in the criminal justice.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 April, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on its female offenders in the criminal justice system inquiry.

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

Review of SPCB Supported Bodies Committee
24 March 2009
5th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Review of SPCB Supported Bodies (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes from the evidence.

Not before 12:00 PM

2. Review of SPCB Supported Bodies: The Committee will take evidence from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Tom Harvie-Clark, Head of Water Industry Branch, and Gordon Kilpatrick, Head of Sponsorship and Review - Offender Management, Scottish Government.

3. Review of SPCB Supported Bodies (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 April, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on its inquiry.

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

Finance Committee
24 March 2009
8th Meeting, 2009

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 6 in private.

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

Richard Ackroyd, Chief Executive, and Ronnie Mercer, Chair, Scottish Water;

Alistair Brown, Head of Expenditure Policy Division, and Lesley Doherty, Assistant Head of Pay Policy, Scottish Government;

Richard Leonard, Scottish Organiser, GMB;

Dave Watson, Scottish Organiser, Policy, UNISON;

Gordon Weir, Director of Corporate Services, Scottish Commission for the Regulation of Care.

3. Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill.

4. Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Bill.

5. Hybrid bills: The Committee will consider correspondence received from the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

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

7. Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill.

8. Review of the budget process (in private): The Committee will consider how to proceed with the review.

Proposed future business

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
24 March 2009
11th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

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

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

the Aquatic Animal Health (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/85);

the Regulation of Care (Requirements as to Limited Registration Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/90);

the Regulation of Care (Fitness of Employees in Relation to Care Services) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/91);

the Bankruptcy Fees (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/97);

the Repayment of Student Loans (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/102);

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2009 (SSI 2009/103);

the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/106);

the Enforcement of Fines etc. (Diligence) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/110).

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

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No. 3) (Diligence) 2009 (SSI 2009/104);

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No.4) (Fees of Shorthand Writers) 2009 (SSI 2009/105);

Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court Rules Amendment) (Diligence) 2009 (SSI 2009/107);

Act of Adjournal (Amendment of the Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1995) (Appeals by Stated Case) 2009 (SSI 2009/108);

Act of Sederunt (Summary Applications, Statutory Applications and Appeals etc. Rules) Amendment (Employment Tribunals Act 1996) 2009 (SSI 2009/109).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 31 March, 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.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
24 March 2009
5th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.45 pm in Committee Room 6

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

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of its review of Section 2 of the Code of Conduct at its next meeting should be taken in private.

3. Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner: The Committee will consider a report from the Scottish Parliamentary Standards Commissioner.

4. Work programme: The Committee will consider its work programme and correspondence received.

5. Accuracy of contributions in parliamentary proceedings (in private): The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

6. Review of equalities in the work of committees (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 April it is expected that the Committee will consider evidence on its Hybrid Bills inquiry.

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

Public Audit Committee
25 March 2009
6th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

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

2. Overview of local authority audits: The Committee will receive a briefing on the overview of local authority audits 2008 from —

John Baillie, Chair, Accounts Commission;

Caroline Gardner, Deputy Auditor General and Controller of Audit, and Gordon Smail, Portfolio Manager (Local Government), Audit Scotland.

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

Guy Houston, former Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Transport Scotland;

and then from—

Sir John Elvidge, Permanent Secretary, and Paul Gray, Director of Change and Corporate Services, Scottish Government.

4. Scottish Government response: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Committee’s report entitled "Review of palliative care services in Scotland".

5. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at item 3 and consider the next steps in its inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 22 April, it is expected that the Committee will consider further briefings from the Auditor General for Scotland in relation to reports he has recently published.

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

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