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SOCIAL INCLUSION, HOUSING AND VOLUNTARY SECTOR COMMITTEE

MINUTES

11th Meeting, Session 1 (1999) 

Wednesday 1 December

 

  
Present:

Bill Aitken Robert Brown
Cathie Craigie

Margaret Curran (Convener)

Fiona Hyslop

John McAllion

Alex Neil Lloyd Quinan

Keith Raffan

Mike Watson

Karen Whitefield


The meeting opened at 10.03am

 

  1. Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill: A point of order was raised by Fiona Hyslop on the working relationship between Westminster and the Scottish Parliament. It was agreed that the convener would keep the committee informed of a future exploratory meeting with the chair of the Scottish Affairs Committee.

Robert Brown declared an interest as a member of the Law Society of Scotland.

The committee heard evidence from the following:

- Michael Clancy, Law Society of Scotland

- Frank Johnstone, Law Society of Scotland

- Frank McConnell, Law Society of Scotland.

 

It was agreed that the committee would consider at the next meeting whether evidence from other interested organisations should to be invited.

 

The meeting was suspended at 11.53am and resumed at 11.59am

  1. Housing Stock Transfer: It was agreed that John McAllion, as reporter for housing issues, would liase with the clerk over the timetabling of extra evidence sessions.

  2. The public part of the meeting closed at 12.22pm

  3. Appointment of adviser (in private): It was agreed that the committee wished to appoint an adviser on the financial aspects of Housing Stock Transfer. The question of possible candidates would be discussed by the convener, the clerk, John McAllion and Fiona Hyslop, then recommendations would be brought back to the full committee.

  4. Appointment of adviser (in private): It was agreed that the committee wished to appoint an adviser on the inquiry into drugs and social exclusion in Scottish communities. The question of possible candidates would be discussed by the convener, the clerk and Keith Raffan, then recommendations would be brought back to the full committee.

  5. Future business (in private): It was agreed that the committee would not now meet on 15 December. It was agreed that the meeting on 12 January would hear evidence from both Citizens Advice Scotland and the DSS on the Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill. It was agreed that members would notify the clerk by the end of the following week if they planned to question the DSS on any issues outwith the paper submitted by the Department.

 

The meeting closed at 12.37pm

 

Martin Verity
Clerk to the Committee

  
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