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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
13 April 2010
12th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider whether to take evidence on a Stage 2 amendment.

2. Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 3).

3. Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) Bill (UK Parliament legislation) (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on legislative consent memorandum LCM(S3) 28.1.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 April, it is expected that the Committee will continue its Stage 2 consideration of 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.

William Simpson`s Home (Transfer of Property etc.) (Scotland) Bill Committee
13 April 2010
1st Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 11.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. Declaration of interests: Members of the Committee will be invited to declare any relevant interests and make a declaration of impartiality under 9A.5.4A of Standing Orders.

2. Choice of Convener: The Committee will choose its Convener.

3. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose its Deputy Convener.

4. William Simpson’s Home (Transfer of Property ect.) (Scotland) Bill - witness expenses The Committee will be invited to delegate to the Convener responsiblity for arranging for the SPCB to pay, under Rule 12.4.3, any expenses of witnesses in the inquiry.

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

6. William Simpson’s Home (Transfer of Property etc.) (Scotland) Bill Committee The Committee will consider its approach to the Preliminary Stage of the Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting it is expected that the Committee will take oral evidence on the William Simpson’s Home (Transfer of Property etc.) (Scotland) Bill.

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

Finance Committee
13 April 2010
9th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Budget Strategy 2011-12: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Budget Strategy 2011-12 from—

Eddie Frizzell;
Bill Howat;
John McClelland;
Alan Sinclair.

2. Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill from—

Chris McCrone, Finance Policy, Denise Swanson, Policy and Programme Manager, and Kit Wyeth, Children’s Hearings Reforms Team Leader, 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 Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill should be taken in private at future meetings.

4. Housing (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Financial Memorandum of the Housing (Scotland) Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 13 April, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on its Inquiry into Efficient Public Services.

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
13 April 2010
9th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Inquiry into the relationship between transport and land use planning policies: The Committee will take evidence from—

Jonny Moran, Development Management Manager, Trunk Roads Network Managment, Alison Irvine, Senior Transport Planner, Transport Scotland, Helen Wood, Principal Planner, Directorate for the Built Environment, and Graeme Purves, Assistant Chief Planner, Directorate for the Built Environment, Scottish Government.

2. PE1181: The Committee will consider a Petition by Helena Coxshall calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to make representations to the UK Government about the cost of fuel in the Western Isles and other rural areas of Scotland which are now amongst the most expensive places in the world to buy petrol or diesel; to highlight in particular the refusal of the UK Government to introduce measures similar to those operating in France which reduce the tax on fuel in very remote areas; to protest at the serious consequences which high fuel prices have for fishermen, motorists and businesses in island and rural areas and to request parity with mainland city prices.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 April, it is expected that the Committee will continue to take evidence on its inquiry into the relationship between transport and land use planning policies. In addition, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the Budget Strategy Phase of the Scottish Government Budget 2011-12.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
13 April 2010
11th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 6

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

the Road Traffic (Permitted Parking Area and Special Parking Area) (Renfrewshire Council) Designation Order 2010 (SSI2010/96);
the Natural Mineral Water, Spring Water and Bottled Drinking Water (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/127);
the Special Restrictions on Adoptions from Nepal (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI2010/130).

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

the Housing (Scotland) Act 2006 (Commencement No.7, Savings and Transitional Provisions) Amendment Order 2010 (SSI2010/114);
the Offences (Aggravation by Prejudice) (Scotland) Act 2009 (Commencement) Order 2010 (SSI2010/115 (C.3));
the Local Government in Scotland Act 2003 (Commencement No.5 and Saving) Order 2010 (SSI2010/119 (C.4));
Act of Sederunt (Ordinary Cause Rules) Amendment (Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008) 2010 (SSI2010/120);
the Education (Additional Support for Learning) (Scotland) Act 2009 (Commencement No.1) Order 2010 (SSI2010/129 (C.5));
the Pollution Prevention and Control (Designation of Directives) (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI2010/131);
the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Act 2009 (Commencement) Order 2010 (SSI2010/132 (C.6));
the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No.3) Order 2010 (SSI2010/133 (C.7)).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 20 April, it is expected that the Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response to issues raised on the delegated powers provisions in the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

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

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
14 April 2010
12th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. The public sector’s support for exporters, international trade and the attraction on inward investment.: The Committee will take evidence from—

Giles Blackburn, Executive Director, and Wendy Liu, Manager, Scotland, China-Britain Business Council.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the draft Census (Scotland) Order (SSI2010/draft) from—

Jim Mather, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism, Peter Scrimgeour, Census Director, General Register Office for Scotland, and Duncan Macniven, Register General, General Register Office for Scotland, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: Jim Mather to move S3M-05952—That the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee recommends to the Parliament that the Census (Scotland) Order 2010 to the extent that it relates to the following particulars in Schedule 2—

(a) item 1;
(b) in item 2, the words "and, as the case may be, where there are 5 or fewer persons in the household, the relationship of each of the previous persons mentioned in the return and where there are 6 or more persons in the household, the relationship of the sixth and subsequent persons to the two previously mentioned persons in the return";
(c) item 7;
(d) in item 8, the words "and, if not born in the United Kingdom, month and year of most recent arrival to live in the United Kingdom";
(e) items 9,10,12,14,17,18,19,20;
(f) in item 21, the words "on a Government sponsored training scheme;"
(g) items 22,27,28,30,31,33,34; and items 1,2,3 and 4 of Schedule 3 to the Order, be approved.

4. The public sector’s support for exporters, international trade and the attraction on inward investment.: The Committee will take evidence from—

Robyn M. Murray, Honorary Consul-General to Mongolia;
Kenneth H. Stewart, Consular Attaché to Mongolia;
Wolfgang Moessinger, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany;
Peter Horvath, Economic Investment and Trade Commissioner, Hungarian Embassy;
Cameron Buchanan, Consul for Iceland;
Reto Renggli, Consul General of Switzerland.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 April, the Committee will continue to take evidence as part of its international trade inquiry and also take evidence on the Scottish Government’s draft budget 2011-12 (Budget Strategy Phase).

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
14 April 2010
10th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Tam Baillie, Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People;
Morag Driscoll, Director, Scottish Child Law Centre;
Louise Warde Hunter, Strategic Director of Children’s Services, Action for Children Scotland;
SallyAnn Kelly, Head of Children’s Service Operations, Barnardo’s Scotland;
Heather Gray, Chief Executive, Who Cares? Scotland;

and then from—

Paula Evans, Policy Manager, Community Resourcing and Children and Young People, COSLA;
Carol Kirk, Corporate Director, Educational Services, North Ayrshire Council, Association of Directors of Education in Scotland;
Fred McBride, Convener, Standing Committee of Children and Families, Assocation of Directors of Social Work.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 April, it is expected that the Committee will consider oral evidence on the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill.

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

Health and Sport Committee
14 April 2010
12th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Q1-04

1. Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

2. Inquiry into out-of-hours healthcare provision in rural areas (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 April, it is expected that the Committee will consider the a draft report on the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill.

The Committee expects to take evidence on NHS board allocations as part of the Budget Strategy phase at subsequent meetings. The Committee is also planning to take oral evidence on the Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 later in the year.

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

Local Government and Communities Committee
14 April 2010
10th Meeting, 2010

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 item 4 in private.

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

John Gell, Chairman, and John Blackwood, Member, Private Rented Housing Forum;
David Middleton, Sustainable Communities (Scotland);
Russell Gunson, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, NUS Scotland;

and then from—

Deborah Lovell, Partner, Anderson Strathern LLP, Law Society of Scotland;
Kennedy Foster, Policy Consultant Scotland, Council of Mortgage Lenders;
Katharine Sacks Jones, Policy Manager, Crisis;
Keith Dryburgh, Social Policy Officer, Citizen’s Advice Scotland.

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

the Registration Services (Fees, etc.) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/92);
the Home Energy Assistance Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/110);
the Local Government (Allowances and Expenses) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/111).

4. Equal pay in Local Government: The Committee will consider whether to undertake further work on the issue.

5. Housing (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the evidence heard.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 April, it is expected that the Committee will continue taking oral evidence on the Housing (Scotland) Bill.

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

Public Audit Committee
14 April 2010
7th 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 4 in private.

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

3. Section 23 report - Protecting and improving Scotland’s environment: The Committee will consider a response from the Accountable Officer on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Protecting and improving Scotland’s environment".

4. Consideration of approach - Review of orthopaedic services: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Review of orthopaedic services".

5. Section 23 report - Overview of mental health services (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Overview of mental health services".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 28 April, 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
14 April 2010
9th 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 item 3 in private.

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

the Water Quality (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/95); and
the Sea Fishing (Transitional EU Technical Conservation Measures) (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI2010/100).

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

4. Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on 21 April, it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report 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.

Forth Crossing Bill Committee
14 April 2010
7th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 3

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

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to consider its draft Stage 1 report in private at future meetings.

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

Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, and Climate Change, Scottish Government;

and then from—

John Howison OBE, Interim Project Director, Mike Glover OBE, Commisson Project Manager, Sharon Fairweather, Director Finance, and Frazer Henderson, Bill Manager, Transport Scotland.

4. Consideration of a late objection: The Committee will consider a paper on a late objection to the Bill.

5. Preliminary consideration of objections: The Committee will consider a paper on the preliminary consideration of objections.

6. Forth Crossing Bill (in private): The Committee will consider evidence taken during the meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting it is expected that the Committee will consider a draft report.

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

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