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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
9 February 2010
3rd Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Female offenders in the criminal justice system: The Committee will consider a response to its report from the Scottish Government.

2. Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Bill at Stage 2.

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

Proposed future business

The Committee will agree at its meeting on 9 February, what will be discussed at its next meeting.

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

Justice Committee
9 February 2010
6th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

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

the Justice of the Peace Courts (Sheriffdom of South Strathclyde, Dumfries and Galloway) etc. Amendment Order 2010 (SSI 2010/15).

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 23 February, it is expected that the Committee will further consider, in private, a draft Stage 1 report on the Legal Services (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
9 February 2010
2nd 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 item 5 and future consideration of the remit and of the key issues arising from oral evidence in relation to the International inquiry in private.

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

3. International Inquiry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Fiona Hyslop MSP, Minister for Culture and External Affairs, Deborah Smith, Deputy Director for International Division, and Robin Naysmith, Counsellor, North America, Scottish Government.

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

5. International inquiry: The Committee will consider the key issues arising from the oral evidence session.

6. Treaty of Lisbon: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Adviser on the inquiry and will consider the written evidence that has been received.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 23 February, it is expected that the Committee will hear oral evidence on its inquiry into the impact of the Treaty of Lisbon in Scotland.

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

Finance Committee
9 February 2010
4th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 3).

2. Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill from—

Gavin Hewitt, Chief Executive, and Campbell Evans, Director, Government and Consumer Affairs, Scotch Whisky Association;
John Drummond, Chief Executive, Scottish Grocers’ Federation;

and then from—

Gary Cox, Head of Licensing Team, Alison Douglas, Head of Alcohol Policy Team, Marjorie Marshall, Economic Adviser, Public Health and Sport Team, and Alison Ferguson, Policy Manager, Licensing Team, Scottish Government.

3. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill should be taken in private at future meetings.

4. Scottish Parliamentary Commissions and Commissioners etc. Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Scottish Parliamentary Commissions and Commissioners etc. Bill.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 23 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
9 February 2010
3rd Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

PE504 Publication of criminal memoirs
PE812 Stirling before pylons
PE1087 Underground cabling for new electricity transmission lines
PE1050 Protection of common good sites
PE1095 Protection from windfarm developments
PE1073 Catholics in Scottish prisons
PE1106 Review of the Stewart Committee Report
PE1124 Ban on snares
PE1150 Community prisons
PE1159 Healthcare for Gulf war veterans
PE1167 Befriending services
PE1169 Display of sexually graphic magazines and newspapers
PE1179 Acquired brain injury services
PE1185 Inclusion of sewers and drains in road bonds
PE1192 Promotion of independent vehicular ferries
PE1204 Support and promotion of bone marrow services
PE1219 Support for talented athletes
PE1247 Introduction of "McKenzie friend" in Scottish courts
PE1257 Solicitors acting as court reporters
PE1249 Party flats
PE1250 Playing fields
PE1293 Preserving playing fields
PE1256 Funding of primary school sport facilities
PE1252 Convicted police officers
PE1253 Pre-NHS negligence compensation
PE1254 Amendment of Section 51 of the Fire (Scotland) Act 2005
PE1259 Guidelines on Vitamin D supplements
PE1189 Standards of social housing
PE1261 Regulation of houses in multiple occupation
PE1281 Better regulation of houses in multiple occupation and the distribution of licences
PE1263 Human rights for dairy farmers
PE1276 Retirement of Justices of the Peace
PE1277 Geodiversity duty
PE1278 National youth volunteering policy
PE1279 Physical disability: an end to ignoring national reports
PE1280 Requirement for FAI
PE1282 Cessation of overseas aid and donations
PE1283 Misleading postal codes
PE1285 Free calls to NHS 24 for mobile phones
PE1286 Display of Tobacco Products
PE1287 Information within patient medical records
PE1289 Disclosure Scotland
PE1291 Why 17? Saving babies lives in scotland
PE1292 Fairtrade food in schools
PE1290 Save our sweets

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 2 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider new petitions on support for amateur coaches and amendment of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. The Committee is also expected to further consider current petitions on the availability of cancer treatment drugs; national and regional transport strategies; A92 upgrade; improving NHS translation and interpretation services; NHS availability of low dose Naltrexone; class sizes and parental choice; safe guardian law; the planning system and the protection of national scenic areas; review of the Stewart Committee report; mandatory sentencing for knife crime; permitted development rights of port authorities; A90/A937; same sex marriage; asbestos management plan for schools; right to same sex marriage and mixed civil partnership and fair access to the community for all.

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
9 February 2010
4th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

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

The Water Services Charges (Billing and Collection) (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/10).

2. Sustainable Development Commission Scotland: Third annual assesment of progress by the Scottish Government: The Committee will take evidence from—

Phil Matthews, Senior Policy Advisor, and Sasha Trifkovic, Policy Officer, Sustainable Development Commission Scotland.

3. Forth Crossing Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Alex Macaulay, Partnership Director, SEStran;
Bob McLellan, Head of Transportation Services, Fife Council;
Marshall Poulton, Head of Transport, City of Edinburgh Council.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 23 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider subordinate legislation in relation to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and the Carbon Reduction Commitment.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
9 February 2010
5th Meeting, 2010

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

the Budget (Scotland) Act 2009 Amendment Order 2010 (SSI 2010/draft);
the Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/draft);
the Housing Support Grant (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/draft).

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

the Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations 2010 (SSI 2010/23).

4. Forth Crossing Bill: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response to points raised on the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1, and the contents of a draft report.

5. Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft report on the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 23 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response to points raised on the delegated powers provisions in the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1, and the contents of a draft report.

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
9 February 2010
2nd Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.45 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 2 and 3 in private.

2. Review of SPCB supported bodies: The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

3. Commission on Scottish Devolution: The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk on the recommendations of the Commission on Scottish Devolution.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 2 March, it is expected that the Committee will consider 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.

Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee
10 February 2010
4th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Assessment framework under Curriculum for Excellence: The Committee will take evidence from—

Michael Russell MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning, Jackie Brock, Deputy Director and Head, Curriculum Division, Alison Coull, Deputy Director and Head, Qualifications, Assessment and Skills Division, and Charlie Penman, Team Leader, Assessment Branch, Scottish Government.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 February, it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence from Scottish Government officials on offender learning.

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

Health and Sport Committee
10 February 2010
5th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

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

2. Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Dr Petra Meier, Senior Lecturer in Public Health, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield;
Dr Peter Anderson MD, PhD, MPH, FRCP, Consultant in Public Health.

3. Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

4. Inquiry into the development of clinical portals and telehealth: The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 February, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take oral evidence on its Stage 1 consideration of the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill.

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

Local Government and Communities Committee
10 February 2010
5th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Voluntary sector grant providers: The Committee will take evidence from—

Mary Craig, Chief Executive, Lloyds TSB Foundation for Scotland;
Giles Ruck, Chief Executive, Scottish Community Foundation;
Gavin Davey, General Manager, Gannochy Trust.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 February, it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on Single Outcome Agreements and consider the Scottish Government’s draft guidance on on social care procurement.

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

Public Audit Committee
10 February 2010
3rd 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 to take items 3 and 4 in private.

2. Section 23 report - Protecting and improving Scotland’s environment: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "Protecting and improving Scotland’s environment".

3. Consideration of approach - Protecting and improving Scotland’s environment: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Protecting and improving Scotland’s environment".

4. Section 22 report - The 2008/09 audit of Registers of Scotland: The Committee will consider the publication arrangements for its report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "The 2008/09 audit of Registers of Scotland".

5. Section 23 report - Review of Cairngorm funicular railway (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Review of Cairngorm funicular railway".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 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.

Rural Affairs and Environment Committee
10 February 2010
3rd Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

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

the Snares (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/8); and
the Sea Fish (Prohibited Methods of Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2010 (SSI 2010/9).

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

Sir Crispin Agnew;
Simon Fraser;
Keith Graham, former Principal Clerk to the Scottish Land Court;

and then from—

Dr Jean Balfour, Chair, Crofting Group, and Richard Blake, Legal Adviser, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association;
Jonathan Hall, Head of Rural Policy, National Farmers’ Union Scotland;
Marina Dennis, Vice-Chair, Scottish Crofting Federation.

3. Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

4. Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill for the remainder of Stage 1.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 23 February, to be held in Thurso, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill.

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

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
10 February 2010
6th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

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

Jim Watson, Chairman, and Gordon McGuinness, Member, Financial Sector Jobs Task Force;
Mark Tennant, Industry Deputy Chair, FiSAB;

and then from—

John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, David Wilson, Director of Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, and Dr Gary Gillespie, Deputy Director, Office of the Chief Economic Adviser, Scottish Government.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 24 February, the Committee will continue to take evidence on its banking/financial services inquiry.

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

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