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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
5 May 2009
7th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Female offenders in the criminal justice system inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dr Andrew McLellan, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, HM Inspectorate of Prisons;

Sue Brookes, Head of Offender Strategy and Partnership Development, Scottish Prison Service;

and then from—

Provost Pat Reid, Cornton Vale Over 21s Visiting Committee;

Jim Scott, Chairman, Cornton Vale Under 21s Visiting Committee;

Dr Nancy Loucks, Chief Executive, Families Outside;

Dr Willie Black, Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, Forensic Network.

2. Annual report (in private): The Committee will consider a draft annual report for the Parliament year from 7 May 2008 to 6 May 2009.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 May, 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.

Review of SPCB Supported Bodies Committee
5 May 2009
8th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Review of SPCB Supported Bodies (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

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

Justice Committee
5 May 2009
13th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 7 and any future consideration of written and oral evidence received on the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 in private.

2. Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

Sir Muir Russell, Chairman, Elspeth MacArthur, Lay Member, Roy Martin QC, Legal Member, and Chris Orman, Secretary to the Board, Judicial Appointments Board for Scotland.

Not before 11:15 AM

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 4) Order 2009 (SI 2009/draft) from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Brian Peddie, Head of EU and International Law Branch, and Fraser Gough, Solicitor, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

4. Subordinate legislation: Kenny MacAskill MSP (Cabinet Secretary for Justice) to move S3M-3961— that the Justice Committee recommends that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 4) Order 2009 be approved.

5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/115) from—

Kenny MacAskill MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Gerard Bonnar, Head of Summary Justice Reform Branch, Criminal Procedure Division, and Stephen Crilly, Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government;

Eric McQueen, Director of Field Services, Scottish Court Service;

Nadya Stewart, Senior Procurator Fiscal Depute, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

6. Subordinate legislation: Elaine Murray MSP to move S3M-3927— that the Justice Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/115).

7. Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider whether to accept into evidence written submissions received in response to the call for evidence.

8. Coroners and Justice Bill (UK Parliament legislation) (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 12 May, it is expected that the Committee will begin taking evidence on the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill.

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

Finance Committee
5 May 2009
11th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Strategic budget scrutiny: The Committee will take evidence from—

Colin Borland, Public Affairs Manager, Federation of Small Businesses;

Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, STUC;

Garry Clark, Head of Public Affairs, Scottish Chambers of Commerce;

Nick Fletcher, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Chartered Institute of Housing in Scotland;

David Lonsdale, Assistant Director, CBI Scotland;

and then from—

Jeremy Peat, Director, David Hume Institute;

Alf Young, former member of the Financial Issues Advisory Group;

and then from—

Sandy Brady, Director of Strategic Planning, and Sandy Cumming, Chief Executive, Highlands and Islands Enterprise;

Stephen Gallacher, Managing Director - Commercial & Infrastructure, and Jack Perry, Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise.

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

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

4. Strategic budget scrutiny (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence heard to date, in order to inform the drafting of its report.

5. Public sector pay (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 12 May, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on its strategic budget scrutiny inquiry.

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

Public Petitions Committee
5 May 2009
8th 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—

PE1248 Safe standing areas at football stadia.

The Committee will take evidence on the petition from Stephen Taylor, Andrew Bailey and Deborah Paton

PE1249 Proper regulation of holiday and ‘party’ flats

The Committee will take evidence ont he petition from Stanley Player

PE1245 Independence of self funded tenants of sheltered housing

PE1246 Smoke-free mental health services

PE1247 Introduction of ‘McKenzie Friend’ in Scottish courts

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

PE909 Traffic regulation orders and disabled parking bays

PE1007 Traffic regulation orders and disabled parking bays

PE1149 Disabled car parking spaces

PE953 Awareness, diagnosis and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea

PE984 High hedges

PE1087 Electricity transmission lines

PE1147 Review of fire service boards

PE1152 CCTV provision

PE1174 Free public transport for under 16s

PE1175 A92 Upgrade

PE1202 Permitted development rights of port authorities

PE1204 Support and promotion of bone marrow services

PE1206 Equal access to public transport operators

PE1209 Robert the Bruce’s Castle Garden

PE1215 Bus services in rural areas

PE1216 Funding for enterprise education in schools

PE1217 Licensing reform impact in rural areas

PE1225 Outbreak of clostridium difficile

PE1229 Processing of biological information

PE1231 Fair funding for voluntary sector

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 19 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on microchip implanting of Scottish prisoners; sport facilities for primary schools and convicted police officers. The Committee is also expected to further consider current petitions on criminal memoirs; Stirling Before Pylons; village halls; Education maintenance Allowance; harmful exposure to hazardous toxins; St Margaret of Scotland Hospice; cancer drugs enquiry; diabetes self-management plan; acquired brian injury services; further education provision for students with complex needs; specialist epilepsy nurses; tail docking; St Andrew’s Medal; Great Britain football team; Scottish class action procedure and assessment of children for specific learning difficulty. The Committee will also consider a draft of its Annual Report.

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
5 May 2009
12th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

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

the Public Service Vehicles (Registration of Local Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/151).

2. Sustainable development: progress by the Scottish Government: The Committee will take evidence from—

Maf Smith, Director, Scotland, and Phil Matthews, Senior Policy Advisor, Sustainable Development Commission Scotland.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 19 May, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change on issues within his portfolio.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
5 May 2009
15th 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 8 in private.

2. Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill after Stage 2.

3. Schools (Consultation) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response to points raised on the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

4. Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

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

the Community Right to Buy (Definition of Excluded Land) (Scotland) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/draft);

the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/draft).

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

the Community Right to Buy (Prescribed Form of Application and Notices) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/156);

the Crofting Community Body (Prescribed Form of Application and Notice) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/160);

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

Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court Rules Amendment) (Sections 25 to 29 of the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1990) 2009 (SSI 2009/164).

8. Draft Interpretation and Legislative Reform Bill: The Committee will consider evidence on the draft Bill from the Minister for Parliamentary Business, taken at its last meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 12 May, 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.

Health and Sport Committee
6 May 2009
14th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Declaration of interests: Rhoda Grant MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

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

Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health and Sport, Adam Ingram MSP, Minister for Children and Early Years, Lesley Fraser, Deputy Director for Safer Children, Stronger Families, Margo Fyfe, CAMHS Nurse Advisor, and Geoff Huggins, Deputy Director, Head Mental Health Division, Scottish Government.

3. Pathways into sport inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13th May, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill.

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

Public Audit Committee
6 May 2009
9th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4, 5 and 6 in private.

2. Section 23 report: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Managing the Use of medicines in hospitals".

3. Section 23 report: The Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Government on the Committee’s report entitled "A review of major capital projects".

4. Consideration of approach: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Managing the use of medicines in hospitals".

5. Section 22 report: The Committee will consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report titled "The 2007/2008 Audit of VisitScotland".

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 May, it is expected that the Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Government on the Committee’s report entitled "Police call management". The Committee will also consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "The First ScotRail passenger rail franchise".

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

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