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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
5 October 2010
17th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Inquiry into migration and trafficking: The Committee will take evidence from—

Rt Hon Elish Angiolini QC, Lord Advocate.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on its Inquiry into migration and trafficking should be taken in private at future meetings.

3. Inquiry into migration and trafficking: The Committee will decide on whether to seek approval for a parliamentary debate on its report.

Not before 10.00 am

4. Disability, Race and Gender Equality Duties: The Committee will take evidence from—

Alex Neil MSP, Minister for Housing and Communities, Scottish Government;

Yvonne Strachan, Head of Equality Unit, Lesley Irving, Team Leader, Gender Equality and Violence Against Women Branch, and Hilary Third, Team Leader, Equality Policy and Communities Branch, Scottish Government.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 26 October, the Committee expects to take evidence on the Independent Budget Review.

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

End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill Committee
5 October 2010
9th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Margo MacDonald MSP, member in charge of the Bill;

David Cullum, Head, Non-Executive Bills Unit, Scottish Parliament;

Peter Warren, researcher to the member in charge.

2. End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 26 October, the Committee expects to consider a draft Stage 1 report on the End of Life Assistance (Scotland) Bill.

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

European and External Relations Committee
5 October 2010
12th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: Bill Wilson will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 6 and future updates on the European strategy in private.

3. International Engagement inquiry: The Committee will consider a further report on international activity by the Scottish Government and its agencies, commissioned from the Scottish Parliament Financial Scrutiny Unit.

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

5. International Engagement inquiry (in private): The Committee will consider the key points arising from the earlier session with the Scottish Parliament Financial Scrutiny Unit.

6. Scottish Parliament European strategy: The Committee will consider an update report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 2 November, the Committee expects to consider a report which will look at Scotland’s international engagement policies against those of other comparator regions as part of the Committee’s international engagement inquiry.

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

Justice Committee
5 October 2010
27th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 6

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

Louise Johnson, Legal Issues Worker, Scottish Women’s Aid;

Heather Williams, Manager, Ross-shire Women’s Aid;

Girijamba Polubothu, Manager, Shakti Women’s Aid;

and then from—

Mhairi McGowan, Operations Manager, and Fiona McMullen, Service Manager, ASSIST.

2. Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the oral evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

3. Proposed double jeopardy bill (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 26 October, it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1 from the Law Society of Scotland, the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service.

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

Finance Committee
5 October 2010
21st Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s Budget 2011-12: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s budget planning for 2011-12 from—

Paul Grice, Clerk and Chief Executive, and Derek Croll, Head of Financial Resources, Scottish Parliament.

2. Inquiry into preventative spending: The Committee will take evidence from—

Yvette Burgess, Director, Housing Support Enabling Unit;

David Ogilvie, Policy and Strategy Manager, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations;

Pam Duncan, Policy Officer, and Jim Elder Woodward, Convener, Independent Living in Scotland Project.

3. Palliative Care (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Palliative Care (Scotland) Bill from—

Gil Paterson MSP;

David Cullum, Head of the Non-Executive Bills Unit, Scottish Parliament.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 26 October, the Committee will continue to take evidence on its inquiry into preventative spending.

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

Public Petitions Committee
5 October 2010
14th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 1

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

PE1319 Improving youth football. The Committee will take evidence from—

Henry McLeish, Chairman, Scottish Football Review Committee

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

PE1332 Investigation of deaths in suspicious circumstances. The Committee will take evidence from—

Tom Minogue

PE1351 Time for all to be heard. The Committee will take evidence from—

Chris Daly and Helen Holland

PE1356 Supporting ‘Our Charter – Quarriers Charter for Young Homeless People’

PE1339 The use of Tasers by police forces

PE1353 CCSVI liberation treatment for MS

PE1357 Inquiry into the consent of renewable energy generating sites

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

PE1105 St Margaret of Scotland Hospice

PE1167 Befriending services

PE1202 Remove the general permitted development rights of port authorities.

PE1236 A90/A937

PE1279 Physical disability: an end to ignoring national reports

PE1288 Improving NHS translation and interpretation services

PE1294 Safe guardian law

PE1296 NHS availability of low dose Naltrexone

PE1303 Access to justice

PE1305 Extension of bowel cancer screening programme

PE1307 Male victims of domestic abuse/violence

PE1312 Investigation into the 1949 Yangtze campaign medal award system

PE1314 Ban the hot branding of all equines in Scotland

PE1328 Siting of windfarms too close to residential properties

PE1329 Public Guardian’s responsibilities under the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

PE1330 End the use of pit ponies

PE1331 Parkinsons medication - get it on time, every time

PE1333 Disadvantages Scottish Gypsy Travellers and members of the settled community

PE1334 Public consultation on disabled services

PE1335 Support for the National Cerebral Palsy/Acquired Brain Injury football squad

4. 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 26 October, the Committee is expected to consider new petitions on involvement of the Scottish judiciary in the legislative process; clarify guidelines on Gypsy/Traveller encampments; needs of kinship care children; post-legislative scrutiny of the Family law (Scotland) Act 2006; abolition of church appointments to the General Teaching Council for Scotland; and use of sodium fluoride and calcium fluoride. The Committee is also expected to further consider current petitions on national and regional transport strategies; ban on snares; promotion of independent vehicular ferry routes; tail docking; geodiversity duty; national youth volunteering policy; requirement for FAI; the planning system and the protection of national scenic areas; screening and diagnosis of Haemachromatosis - Iron Overload; services for Myoclonic Dystonia sufferers; Scottish Water Directors’ bonuses; amendment of Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Act; honest politicians; protecting the rights of school age workers; free access to public leisure facilities; compulsory fitting of seat belts in school buses; and school bus safety.

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
5 October 2010
22nd Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 6

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

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Climate Change (Annual Targets) (Scotland) Order 2010 from—

Stewart Stevenson MSP, Minister for Transport, Infrastructure, and Climate Change, David Wilson, Director of Energy, Energy Directorate, Steven Kerr, Senior Policy Advisor, Climate Change: Implementation Division, and Claire Wainwright, Economist, Rural and Environmental Analytical Services, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: Stewart Stevenson to move S3M-7070—

That the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee recommends that the Climate Change (Annual Targets) (Scotland) (Order) 2010 be approved.

4. Proposed Scottish Water (Development Powers and Charges) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the scrutiny of the proposed Bill at Stage 1.

5. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2011-12 - appointment of adviser: The Committee will consider a draft remit and person-specification for the post of budget adviser.

Proposed future business

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

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
5 October 2010
11th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 5

1. Review of Volume 2, Section 2 of the Code of Conduct. (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

2. Accuracy of contributions in parliamentary proceedings (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 2 November, the Committee expects to consider a report from the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Scotland, possible minor Standing Orders changes and its work programme.

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

Subordinate Legislation Committee
5 October 2010
27th 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 item 6 in private.

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

the Legal Profession and Legal Aid (Scotland) Act 2007 (Membership of the Scottish Legal Complaints Commission) Amendment Order 2010 (SSI2010/draft);

the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 (Supplemental and Consequential Provisions) Order 2010 (SSI2010/draft)

the Bankruptcy (Certificate for Sequestration) (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/draft);

the Protected Trust Deeds (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/draft).

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

the Materials and Articles in Contact with Food (Scotland) Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/327);

the Food Irradiation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/328);

the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme Amendment (Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2010 (SSI2010/332);

the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (Scotland) Order 2007 Amendment (No. 2) Order 2010 (SSI2010/333);

the Special Restrictions on Adoptions from Haiti (Scotland) Order 2010 (SSI2010/341);

the Plant Health (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Order 2010 (SSI2010/342);

the Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2010 (SSI2010/343).

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

the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 (Commencement No.2) Order 2010 (SSI2010/339 (C. 18));

Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court Rules) (Equality Act 2010) 2010 (SSI2010/340);

the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Commencement No.4) and the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 (Commencement No.3) Order 2010 (SSI2010/344 (C. 19));

the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2010 (Commencement No.1, Consequential and Saving Provisions) Order 2010 (SSI2010/345 (C.20)).

5. Property Factors (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

6. Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010: The Committee will consider its approach to consideration of reports laid under section 26.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 26 October, it is expected that the Committee will consider Scottish statutory instruments.

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

Health and Sport Committee
5 October 2010
28th Meeting, 2010

The Committee will meet at 2.45 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 3).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 6 October, the Committee expects to take further oral evidence on the Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill.

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

Public Audit Committee
6 October 2010
16th 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 6, 7 and 8 in private.

2. Section 23 report - The Gathering 2009: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "The Gathering 2009" from—

Sir John Elvidge.

3. Section 23 report - The role of boards: The Committee will receive a briefing from the Auditor General for Scotland on his report entitled "The role of boards".

4. Code of Audit Practice: The Committee will receive a briefing from Audit Scotland on its revised draft "Code of Audit Practice".

5. Scottish Government progress report: The Committee will consider a progress report from the Scottish Government on recommendations made by the Committee.

6. Consideration of evidence and approach - The Gathering 2009: The Committee will consider the evidence received at agenda item 2 and its approach to further evidence.

7. Consideration of approach - The role of boards: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "The role of boards".

8. Consideration of approach - Emergency departments: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Emergency departments".

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 27 October, 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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