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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
29 September 2009
26th 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 take item 3 in private.

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

the Legal Aid (Supreme Court) (Scotland) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/312).

3. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2010-11: The Committee will receive a briefing from its budget adviser (Eddie Frizell) and consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11.

4. Inquiry into decision on Abdelbaset al-Megrahi (in private): The Committee will consider a draft remit for its inquiry.

5. Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 6 October, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11 and also continue its consideration of its draft report 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.

European and External Relations Committee
29 September 2009
11th 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 items 5, 6, 7 and 8 in private.

2. Scottish Government’s European Union priorities: The Committee will take evidence from—

Michael Russell MSP, Minister for Culture, External Affairs and the Constitution, Deborah Smith, Acting Director for Culture, External Affairs and Tourism, and Donald Henderson, Deputy Director of Europe Division, Scottish Government.

3. Special Edition of the Brussels Bulletin: The Committee will consider a special edition of the Brussels Bulletin.

4. Brussels Bulletin: The Committee will consider the Brussels Bulletin.

5. Presidency of the EU Council: The Committee will consider its approach to invitations to the Ambassadors of EU Presidency nations.

6. China Plan inquiry: The Committee will consider a draft report.

7. EU Budget review inquiry: The Committee will consider witnesses for the inquiry.

8. Scottish Government’s European Union priorities: The Committee will consider the oral evidence session.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 November, it is expected that the Committee will conduct a video conference with Scottish MEPs.

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

Finance Committee
29 September 2009
22nd Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

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

2. Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Professor Lorne Crerar, former Chair of the Independent Review of Regulation, Audit, Inspection and Complaints Handling of Public Services in Scotland;
Douglas Sinclair, former Chair of the Fit-for-purpose Complaints System Action Group;

and then from—

Councillor Ronnie McColl, Spokesperson for Health and Well-being, Jon Harris, Strategic Director, and Adam Stewart, Policy Manager, COSLA;

and then from—

Jim Martin, Scottish Public Services Ombudsman;
Lucy McTernan, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Corporate Affairs, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations;
Jennifer Wallace, Principal Policy Advocate, Consumer Focus Scotland.

3. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2010-11: The Committee will consider a briefing from the Budget Adviser and SPICe on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 6 October, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the Public Services Reform (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
29 September 2009
11th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 4

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

2. Cross-Party Group: The Committee will consider an application for recognition from the proposed Cross-Party Group on Industrial Communities.

3. Possible changes to Standing Orders: The Committee will consider a letter from the Convener of the Subordinate Legislation Committee on possible changes to Chapter 10 of Standing Orders.

4. Review of the Budget Process: The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

5. Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft letter to the Finance Committee.

6. Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Subordinate Legislation Committee.

7. Review of Section 2 of the Code of Conduct (in private): The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 27 October, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill and its review of Section 2 of the Code of Conduct.

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
29 September 2009
21st Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 3.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

2. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2010-11: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11 from—

Professor Jan Bebbington, Director, St Andrews Sustainability Institute, Vice-Chair (Scotland) Sustainable Development Commission, St Andrews University;
Professor Stuart MacPherson, Chair, Irons Foulner Consulting Engineers;
Professor Susan Roaf, School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University;
Dr Thomas Wiedmann, Director, Centre for Sustainability Accounting (CenSA) Ltd.

3. Inquiry into active travel and sustainable transport: The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 6 October, it is expected that the Committee will hear from trade unions on the issue of green jobs.

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

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