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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

Health and Sport Committee
25 January 2010
3rd Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Macdonald Loch Rannoch Hotel

1. Inquiry into out-of-hours healthcare provision in rural areas: The Committee will take evidence from—

Dick Barbor-Might, SOS Rannoch;

Randolph Murray, Petitioner, Public Petition PE1272 on out-of-hours healthcare in Kinloch Rannoch;

Keith Cameron, Communities Resuscitation Development Officer, Scottish Ambulance Service;

Linda Entwistle, First Responder;

Tom Forrest, and Roy Macpherson, Wester Ross Medical Practices Community Representatives Out-of-hours Group;

and then from—

Dr Michael Hall, Argyll & Bute Clinical Director, NHS Highland;

Gerry Marr, Chief Operating Officer, NHS Tayside;

Dr Sheena MacDonald, Associate Medical Director & Chair of Primary & Community Services, NHS Borders;

Pauline Howie, Chief Executive, Scottish Ambulance Service;

John Turner, Chief Executive, NHS 24.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 3 February, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Scottish Government on its Inquiry into out-of-hours healthcare provision in rural areas and consider subordinate legislation.

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

Equal Opportunities Committee
26 January 2010
2nd Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a work programme should be taken in private at its next meeting.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private.

3. Economic impact of migration/trafficking: The committee will take evidence, in a round-table discussion, from—

Gordon Smail, Portfolio Manager (Local Government), Audit Scotland;

Mhoraig Green, Policy Officer, Cosla’s Strategic Migration Partnership;

Chris Oswald, Head of Policy & Parliamentary Affairs, Equality and Human Rights Commission;

Dave Moxham, Deputy General Secretary, STUC;

Elaine Dougall, Regional Women & Equalities Organiser, Unite the Union;

and then from—

Inspector Brian Gibson, and Superintendent David Stewart, ACPOS;

Jane Renton, HM Assistant Chief Inspector, HMIE;

Heather Rolfe, Research Fellow, the National Institute of Economic and Social Research;

Seonad Forbes, Project Coordinator, New Migrants Action Project, Positive Action in Housing;

Cathie Cowan, Director, South-East Glasgow Community Health Care and Partnership.

4. Sexualised imagery in goods aimed at children: The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 9 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider a response from the Scottish Government on its report into female offenders in the criminal justice system and its work programme.

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

Justice Committee
26 January 2010
4th Meeting, 2010

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.

2. Summary justice reforms: The Committee will take evidence on the implementation of summary justice reform from—

Oliver Adair, Convenor, and Ian Bryce, Ken Dalling, Vincent McGovern, and John Scott, Legal Aid Negotiating Team, Law Society of Scotland;

and then from—

Frank Mulholland QC, Solicitor General for Scotland;

John Logue, Head of Policy, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

3. Crime and Security Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider a written response from the Minister for Community Safety to points raised by GeneWatch UK in its written submission on legislative consent memorandum LCM(S3) 27.1.

4. Bribery Bill (UK Parliament legislation) (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on legislative consent memorandum LCM(S3) 26.1.

5. Inquiry into decision on Abdelbaset al-Megrahi (in private): The Committee will consider a further revised draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 2 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider in private a draft report on the legislative consent memorandum on the Crime and Security 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
26 January 2010
1st Meeting, 2010

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 7 and 8 in private.

2. Spanish Ambassador’s address: The Committee will take evidence on the EU Presidency priorities from—

His Excellency Carles Casajuana, Ambassador for Spain to the UK, and Federico Palomera, Consul General of Spain.

3. Services directive: The Committee will take evidence from—

Andrew McConnell, Policy Officer, Business Competitiveness Division, Tony Rednall, Policy Officer, Criminal Law and Licensing Division, and Peter Reid, Senior Policy Officer, Housing Markets and Supply Division, Scottish Government.

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

5. China Plan inquiry: The Committee will consider responses received to its report on the Scottish Government’s China Plan.

6. Brussels visit report: The Committee will consider a report of its recent visit to Brussels.

7. EU 2020 Strategy: The Committee will consider its approach to undertaking work on the EU 2020 Strategy.

8. EC-UK report: The Committee will consider an oral report back from the Convener on the recent EC-UK meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 9 February, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Minister for Culture and External Affairs on the Scottish Government’s International Framework.

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

Finance Committee
26 January 2010
2nd Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Budget (No.4) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

2. Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

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

the Public Contracts and Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2009 (SSI 2009/439).

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 2 February, it is expected that the Committee will continue to consider the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill at stage 2.

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

Public Petitions Committee
26 January 2010
2nd Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Consideration of new petitions: The Committee will consider the following new petitions—

PE1307 Male victims of domestic abuse/violence. The Committee will take evidence from Alison Waugh, Jackie Walls and John Forsyth.

PE1303 Access to justice. The Committee will take evidence from David Moxham, Deputy General Secretary STUC and Frank Maguire, Thompsons Scotland Solicitors.

PE1304 Safeguard funding of charities. The Committee will take evidence from Kathleen Bryson, Mary Craig and Helen Greenan.

PE1305 Extension of bowel cancer screening programme. The Committee will take evidence from Margaret Paton.

PE1301 Request another police force to investigate complaint.

PE1306 Provision of local authority public petitioning processes.

2. 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 9 February, it is expected that the Committee will further consider current petitions on publication of criminal memoirs; Stirling before pylons; protection of common good sites; protection from windfarm developments; underground cabling for new electricity transmission lines; review of the Stewart Committee Report; ban on snares; community prisons; healthcare for Gulf war veterans; befriending services; display of sexually graphic magazines and newspapers; acquired brain injury services; inclusion of sewers and drains in road bonds; standards of social housing; promotion of independent vehicular ferries; support and promotion of bone marrow services; support for talented athletes; introduction of "McKenzie friend" in Scottish courts; party flats; playing fields; convicted police officers; pre-NHS negligence compensation; amendment of Section 51 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005; funding of primary school sport facilities; solicitors acting as court reporters; fairer funding framework for the voluntary sector; guidelines on Vitamin D supplements; regulation of houses in multiple occupation; human rights for dairy farmers; retirement of Justices of the Peace; geodiversity duty; national youth volunteering policy; physical disability: an end to ignoring national reports; requirement for FAI; better regulation of houses in multiple occupation and the distribution of licences; cessation of overseas aid and donations; misleading postal codes; free calls to NHS 24 for mobile phones; display of Tobacco Products; information within patient medical records; Disclosure Scotland; save our sweets; why 17? saving babies lives in scotland; fairtrade food in schools and preserving playing fields.

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
26 January 2010
2nd Meeting, 2010

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 items 5, 6 and 7 and any future draft reports on its inquiry into active travel in private.

2. Inquiry into active travel: The Committee will take evidence from—

Phillip Darnton, Chairman, Cycling England;

and then from—

Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, and Climate Change, and Kirsty Lewin, Team Leader, Sustainable Transport Team, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Loch Ryan Port (Harbour Empowerment) Order 2009 (SSI 2009/made) from—

Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, and Climate Change, Alastair Wilson, Deputy Director, Aviation, Ports, Freight and Canals Division, and Jackie Pantony, Principal Legal Officer, DG Justice and Communities, Scottish Government.

4. Subordinate legislation: Stewart Stevenson MSP (Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change) to move S3M-05468—

That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the Loch Ryan Port (Harbour Empowerment) Order 2009 be approved.

5. Forth Crossing Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

6. Inquiry into active travel : The Committee will consider the evidence heard during the course of its inquiry.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 2 February, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Forth Replacement Crossing Team.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
26 January 2010
3rd Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 6

1. Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1 from—

Gary Cox, Head of Licensing Team, and Rachel Rayner, Senior Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government.

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

3. Forth Crossing Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

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

the A90 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Trunk Road Order 2010;

the A96 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Trunk Road Order 2010;

the A956 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Trunk Road Order 2010;

the A90 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Special Road Scheme 2010;

the A90 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) (Craibstone Junction) Special Road Scheme 2010;

the A956 (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route) Special Road Scheme 2010;

the CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2010 (SI 2010/draft).

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

the National Health Service (Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/1);

the Official Feed and Food Controls (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/5).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 2 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

Public Audit Committee
27 January 2010
2nd Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4, 5, 6 and 7 in private.

2. Section 23 report - Commonwealth Games 2014, Progress report on planning for the delivery of the XXth Games The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Commonwealth Games 2014, Progress report on planning for the delivery of the XXth Games" from—

Liz Hunter, Director of Equalities, Social Inclusion and Sport, and Derek Bearhop, Head of Games Delivery Team, Scottish Government;

John Scott, Chief Executive, and Ian Reid, Finance Manager, Glasgow 2014 Ltd;

George Black, Chief Executive, and Lynn Brown, Executive Director of Financial Services, Glasgow City Council;

John Doig, Chief Executive, Commonwealth Games Scotland.

3. Major Capital Projects: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Permanent Secretary on the Committee’s report entitled "Major Capital Projects".

4. Consideration of evidence - Commonwealth Games 2014, Progress report on planning for the delivery of the XXth Games: The Committee will consider the evidence received at agenda item 2.

5. Consideration of approach - Review of Cairngorm funicular railway: 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 "Review of Cairngorm funicular railway".

6. Consideration of approach - Overview of the NHS in Scotland’s performance 2008/09: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Overview of the NHS in Scotland’s performance 2008/09".

7. Section 22 report - The 2008/09 audit of Registers of Scotland: The Committee will consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "The 2008/09 audit of Registers of Scotland".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 10 February, 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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