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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
31 March 2009
11th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 1

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

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

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).

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

3. Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 April, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

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

European and External Relations Committee
31 March 2009
6th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 6 and 7 in private.

2. Ministerial approach: The Committee will take evidence from the Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution on his approach to his portfolio.

Michael Russell MSP, Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution, Leslie Evans, Director for Europe, External Affairs and Culture, Donald Henderson, Head of Scottish Government EU Office, Deborah Smith, Deputy Director for International Division, and Gerald Byrne, Head of National Conversation Division, Scottish Government.

3. European Commission’s Legislative and Work Programme: The Committee will consider the key themes arising from the European Commission’s Legislative and Work Programme 2009.

4. Brussels Bulletin: The Committee will consider the latest edition of the Brussels Bulletin.

5. EMILE meeting: The Committee will receive an oral report back on the recent EMILE (European Elected Members Information, Liaison and Exchange) group meeting.

6. Annual report: The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliament year from 9 May 2008 to 8 May 2009.

7. Ministerial approach: The Committee will consider the evidence from the Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 April, the Committee has invited John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, to give evidence on the EU’s response to the financial crisis. The Committee will also take further evidence on its China Plan inquiry.

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
31 March 2009
10th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

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

the Road Works (Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/74).

2. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
31 March 2009
12th 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 5 in private.

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

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

the European Communities (European Order for Payment) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/99);

the Regulation of Care (Fitness of Employees in Relation to Care Services) (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/118);

the Non-Domestic Rating (Valuation of Utilities) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2009/112);

the Building (Procedure) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/117);

the Building (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/119).

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

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No. 5) (Exchequer Appeals) 2009 (SSI 2009/114);

the Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No. 7) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/116).

5. Response to Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee The Committee will consider a draft response to SPPA on proposed Standing Orders rules to govern the scrutiny of Public Bills which affect private interests, to be termed as "Hybrid Bills".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 April, 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
1 April 2009
12th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 1

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

2. State of the Scottish tourism industry: The Committee will discuss the current state of the Scottish tourism industry, emerging issues and the progress of Homecoming 2009.

Iain Herbert, Chief Executive, Scottish Tourism Forum;

Henk Berits, Director of Commercial Services and Marketing, National Trust for Scotland;

David Smythe, Chairman, Association of Scottish Self-Caterers;

and then from—

Councillor Tom Buchanan, Convener of the Economic Development Committee, and Kenneth Wardrop, Project Director, Destination Edinburgh Marketing Alliance, The City of Edinburgh Council;

Councillor Josie Simpson, Chairman of the Economic Development Committee, Shetland Islands Council;

Alan Rankin, Chief Executive, Aviemore and the Cairngorms Destination Management Ltd;

George Harper, Strategic Director of Development Services, Argyll and Bute Council;

Calum Iain MacIver, Director of Development, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar;

and then from—

Philip Riddle, Chief Executive, and Peter Lederer, Chairman, VisitScotland;

Vicky Carlin, Deputy Director, Promotion of Scotland and Tourism Division, and Richard Arnott, Head of Tourism Team, Scottish Government;

Kenneth Clark, Tourism Manager, and Paul McCafferty, Senior Executive in Tourism, Scottish Enterprise.

3. Tourism inquiry - appointment of adviser: The Committee will consider whether to seek approval for the appointment of an adviser.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 29 April, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on its hearing on the state of the Scottish economy.

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

Health and Sport Committee
1 April 2009
11th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Inquiry into child and adolescent mental health services: The Committee will take evidence from—

Carol Fisher, Healthcare Manager, NHS Ayrshire and Arran;

Jan Baird, Director of Community Care, NHS Highland;

Professor Alex McMahon, Deputy Director, Strategic Planning and Modernisation, NHS Lothian;

and then from—

Jennifer Milligan, Child Health Commissioner, NHS Dumfries and Galloway;

Julie Metcalfe, Clinical Director for CAMHS, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

2. Proposed Palliative Care Bill: The Committee will consider the proposer’s statement of reasons why a case for the proposed bill has already been established.

Not before 11:45 am

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Health Care and Associated Professions (Miscellaneous Amendments and Practitioner Psychologists) Order 2009 from—

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Michael Adam, Solicitor, Catherine Clark, Head of Regulatory Unit, Beth Elliot, Solicitor, and Stuart Griffith, Deputy Project Manager, New Regulations Project, Scottish Government.

4. Subordinate legislation: Nicola Sturgeon MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing) to move S3M-3654—

That the Health and Sport Committee recommends that the draft Health Care and Associated Professions (Miscellaneous Amendments and Practitioner Psychologists) Order 2009 be approved.

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

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 22 April, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on its mental health services inquiry. The Committee will continue to take evidence on its 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
1 April 2009
10th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Bruce Crawford MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business, Stephen Sadler, Head of Elections and Local Governance Team, and Andy Sinclair, Senior Policy Officer, Referendum and Elections Division, Scottish Government.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill at future meetings should be taken in private.

3. Proposed Control of Dogs (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the proposer’s statement of reasons why a case for the proposed Bill has already been established.

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

the Local Government Pension Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/93);

the Representation of the People (Absent Voting at Local Government Elections) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2009/94);

the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (Saving and Transitional Provisions) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/101).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 22 April, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report on the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill and a draft report on Child Poverty in Scotland.

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

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
1 April 2009
10th 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 items 4 and 5 in private.

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

the Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/75);

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

3. Pig industry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Philip Sleigh, Chair, Pigs Working Group, National Farmers’ Union Scotland;

Gordon McKen, Managing Director, Scottish Pig Producers Ltd;

Brian McMonagle, Managing Director, Vion Halls;

and then from—

Professor Christopher Wathes, Chairman, Farm Animal Welfare Council;

Stuart Ashworth, Head of Economic Services, Quality Meat Scotland;

Gavin Dick, Rural Business Consultant, Scottish Agricultural College.

4. Pig industry: The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

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

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 22 April, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the pig industry.

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

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