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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
3 November 2009
29th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 2

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

Not before 11.00 am

2. Inquiry into decision on Abdelbaset al-Megrahi: The Committee will consider what further documentation may be required to aid its inquiry.

3. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2010-11 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 4 November, it is expected that the Committee will continue its consideration of a draft Stage 1 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.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
3 November 2009
26th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in Committee Room 6

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

2. Common Fisheries Policy reform: The Committee will take evidence from—

Crick Carleton, Managing Director, Nautilus Consultants Ltd;
Hugo Andersson, Chair of the Executive Committee, North Sea Regional Advisory Committee;
Sam Lambourn, Chairman, North Western Waters Regional Advisory Committee;
Lloyd Austin, Head of Conservation Policy, Scottish Environment LINK;
Bertie Armstrong, Chief Executive, Scottish Fishermen’s Federation;
Jane Sandell, Quota Manager, Scottish Fishermen’s Organisation;
David Symes, Reader Emeritus, University of Hull.

3. Common Fisheries Policy reform: The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

4. Draft Budget scrutiny 2010-11 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Budget Strategy 2010-11.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 November, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the issues to be considered at the European Union Fisheries Council negotiations and in European Commission negotiations with Norway; and on reform of the Common Fisheries Policy.

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

Equal Opportunities Committee
3 November 2009
16th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body Equalities Report 2008: The Committee will take evidence, from—

Mike Pringle MSP, Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, Colin Chisholm, Head of Human Resources, and Aneela McKenna, Equalities Manager, Scottish Parliament.

2. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2010-11 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11.

3. Female offenders in the criminal justice system inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 1 December, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health and Sport, on All Our Futures: Planning for Scotland with an ageing population and the Scottish Government’s carers’ strategy.

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

European and External Relations Committee
3 November 2009
12th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in Committee Room 1

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

2. China Plan inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Iain Smith MSP, Convener of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

3. European Union matters of importance to Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from the following Scottish MEPs—

Catherine Stihler MEP, and Ian Hudghton MEP, European Parliament.

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

5. Impact of the financial crisis on EU support for economic development: The Committee will consider responses received to its report from the Scottish Government and the European Commission.

6. Treaty of Lisbon inquiry: The Committee will consider the approach to its inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 17 November, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from witnesses on the EU Budget Review 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
3 November 2009
24th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 1.30 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 and future consideration of draft reports on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11 in private.

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

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Philip Wright, Deputy Director, Climate Change, Jonathan Pryce, Director of Transport, and David Middleton, Chief Executive, Transport Scotland, Scottish Government.

3. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2010-11: The Committee will consider the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on Tuesday 10 November it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Draft Budget 2010-11.

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

Public Petitions Committee
3 November 2009
15th 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—

PE1278 National youth volunteering policy

The Committee will take evidence from Kimby Tosh and Susan Watt

PE1288 Improving NHS translation and interpretation services

The Committee will take evidence from Dr Godfrey Joseph, Malcolm McCarthy and Daniele Rotariu

PE1263 Human rights for dairy farmers

PE1277 Geodiversity duty

PE1285 Free calls to NHS 24 for mobile phones

PE1286 Display of Tobacco Products

PE1289 Disclosure Scotland

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

PE1052 Services of independent midwives

PE1073 Catholics in Scottish Prisons

PE1083 Local museums

PE1087 Underground cabling for new electricity transmission lines

PE1098 Seatbelts in school buses

PE1223 Safety of school buses

PE1150 Community prisons

PE1167 Befriending services

PE1169 Display of sexually graphic magazines and newspapers

PE1189 Standards of social housing

PE1192 Promotion of independent vehicular ferries

PE1243 Funding of helathcare in rural areas

PE1255 Rosyth bypass

PE1256 Funding of primary school sport facilities

PE1257 Solicitors acting as court reporters

PE1259 Guidelines on Vitamin D supplements

3. Notification of new petitions: The Committee will consider a paper indicating new petitions lodged since the last Committee meeting.

4. Forthcoming work programme The Committee will consider a paper from the Clerk on its forthcoming work programme.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 17 November, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on physical disability:an end to ignoring national reports; misleading postal codes; information within patient medical records; Save our Sweets; school closure; Scotland in Eurovision and Why 17? Saving babies lives in Scotland. The Committee is also expected to further consider current petitions on the availability of cancer treatment drugs; publication of criminal memoirs; violence against women; ban on snares; Scottish Agricultural Wages Board; parking bays for disabled drivers; further education provision for students with complex needs; support and promotion of bone marrow services; outbreak of clostridium difficile; processing of biological informaiton; class action procedure in Scots law; review of contract - HMP Kilmarnock; playing fields and funding framerwork for the voluntary sector.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
3 November 2009
28th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 6 in private, and whether to conduct discussions on its draft report in private at future meetings.

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

Bruce Crawford MSP, Minister for Parliamentary Business, Elspeth MacDonald, Constitution and Parliamentary Secretariat, Madeleine MacKenzie, Scottish Parliamentary Counsel, Alison Fraser, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Fraser Gough, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, and Carol Snow, Scottish Government Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

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

the Budget (Scotland) Act 2009 Amendment Order 2009 (SSI 2009/draft);
the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (Scotland) (No. 3) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/draft).

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

the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Transitory Provisions in Consequence of the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006) (No. 2) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/337);
the Town and Country Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) (No. 2) Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/343);
the Planning etc. (Scotland) Act 2006 (Development Planning) (Saving, Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/344);
the Pensions Appeal Tribunals (Scotland) (Amendment) Rules 2009 (SSI 2009/353);
the Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (Appointment of Medical Members) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/359).

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

Act of Adjournal (Criminal Procedure Rules Amendment No. 5) (Miscellaneous) 2009 (SSI 2009/345);
Act of Sederunt (Child Support Rules) (Amendment) 2009 (SSI 2009/365).

6. Interpretation and Legislative Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence session.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 10 November, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Government response to its Stage 1 report on the delegated powers in the Marine (Scotland) Bill, and the supplementary delegated powers Memorandum of the Arbitration (Scotland) Bill.

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
4 November 2009
29th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

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

the Protection of Children (Scotland) Act 2003 (The Meaning of Disqualified from Working with Children: Corresponding Qualifications in Northern Ireland (No. 2) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/316).

2. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.

3. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2010-11 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 November, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning on the issue of class sizes.

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

Health and Sport Committee
4 November 2009
28th 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 item 3 in private, and whether to consider its draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11 in private at future meetings.

2. Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence from—

James Maitland, Chairman of Legal & Parliamentary Committee, National Federation of Retail Newsagents in Scotland;
Danielle Rowley, MSYP, Scottish Youth Parliament;
David Roderick, Chairman, Society of Chief Officers of Trading Standards in Scotland;
Andrew Barker, Assistant Chief Constable (Fife), and Gordon Hunter, Inspector - Police Licensing Section (Lothian and Borders), Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland.

3. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2010-11: The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 November, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2 and consider its draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11.

The Committee expects to consider the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill at subsequent meetings.

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

Justice Committee
4 November 2009
30th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 10 November, it is expected that the Committee will agree its Stage 1 report on the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill and also agree its report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11.

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

Local Government and Communities Committee
4 November 2009
27th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Local Government Finance inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, Bill Stitt, Assistant Team Leader, and David Henderson, Deputy Director, Local Government Finance Division, Scottish Government.

2. Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Rachel Grant, Partner, Brodies LLP, Law Society of Scotland;
Eric Leenders, Executive Director, British Bankers Association;
Maureen Leslie, Partner, MLM Insolvency LLP, Insolvency Practitioners Association;
Blair Nimmo, Joint Administrator and Head of Restructuring, KPMG, Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland.

3. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on LCM(S3)22.1 Child Poverty Bill (UK Parliament Legislation) at its next meeting should be taken in private.

4. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2010-11 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 10 November, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill.

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

Public Audit Committee
4 November 2009
16th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 6, 7 and 8 in private.

2. Section 23 report - Review of Cairngorm funicular railway: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Review of Cairngorm funicular railway".

3. Section 22 report - The 2008/09 audit of Registers of Scotland: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "The 2008/09 audit of Registers of Scotland".

4. Palliative care action plans: The Committee will receive an update from the Auditor General for Scotland on the NHS boards’ palliative care action plans.

5. Section 23 report: Improving public sector purchasing: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Improving public sector purchasing".

6. Consideration of approach - Review of Cairngorm funicular railway: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Review of Cairngorm funicular railway".

7. Consideration of approach - The 2008/09 audit of Registers of Scotland: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "The 2008/09 audit of Registers of Scotland".

8. Consideration of approach - Overview of mental health services: The Committee will consider the next steps in its inquiry in the light of evidence received on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Overview of mental health services".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 18 November, 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.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
4 November 2009
28th Meeting, 2009

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 3 in private and all future items relating to its draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11 in private.

2. The way forward for Scotland’s banking, building society and financial services sector: The Committee will take evidence from—

Clive Maxwell, Senior Director, Services, and Alistair Mordaunt, Director, Mergers, Office of Fair Trading.

3. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2010-11: The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 11 November, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take oral evidence on its banking/financial services inquiry and finalise its draft report on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10.

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

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