Section C: Future Meetings of Committees

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 on the committee hub page

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
14 December 2011
16th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

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

2. Business Gateway inquiry - contract renewals: The Committee will consider responses to its report, published in October.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 11 January 2012, the Committee expects to consider two draft reports on Fuel Poverty and The State of Scottish Tourism; take evidence on Stage 1 of the Land Registration Bill, and consider its approach its inquiry into the Scottish Government’s Renewable Energy Targets.

Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee
14 December 2011
12th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Broadband infrastructure in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence from—

Richard Rumbelow, Head of Corporate Affairs, Everything Everywhere;

Brendan Dick, Director, BT Scotland;

Matt Rogerson, Head of Public Affairs and Policy, Virgin Media;

Julie Minns, Head of Regulatory and Public Policy, Three.

2. Homelessness: The Committee will take evidence from—

Robert Aldridge, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Single Homeless;

Gordon MacRae, Head of Communications & Policy, Shelter Scotland;

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

3. Petition PE1115: The Committee will consider a petition by Caroline Moore on behalf of the Campaign to Open Blackford Railway-station Again calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to ensure that national and regional transport strategies consider and focus on public transport solutions such as the reopening of Blackford railway station which is identified as a priority action in the latest Tayside and Central Regional Transport Strategy, and in doing so, recognises and supports the positive environmental, economic and social impacts of such local solutions.

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

the Disabled Persons (Badges for Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/410)

Proposed future business

The Committee will next meet, on 18 January 2012.

Local Government and Regeneration Committee
14 December 2011
14th Meeting, 2011

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. Inquiry on a living wage in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence, in a video conference, from—

Christine Matambo, Private Sector Team, Greater London Authority;

Julie Amory, Head of Equality and Inclusion, and Loraine Martins, Former Head of Equality, Inclusion, Employment and Skills, Olympic Delivery Agency;

and then, in a round-table discussion, from—

Councillor Michael Cook, Strategic Human Resource Spokesperson, COSLA;

Caroline Innes, Deputy Chief Executive, East Renfrewshire Council;

David Coyne, Head of Business and the Economy, Development and Regeneration Services, Glasgow City Council;

Elma Murray, Chief Executive, North Ayrshire Council;

Kay McVeigh, Head of Personnel Services, South Lanarkshire Council;

Paul McGowan, Human Resource Business Partner, West Dunbartonshire Council.

3. Inquiry on a living wage in Scotland (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received on a living wage in Scotland.

4. Public services reform and local government: strand 1 – partnerships and outcomes: The Committee will consider a draft remit and person-specification for the post of adviser in connection with its forthcoming inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 21 December, the Committee expects to conclude its oral evidence taking as part of its inquiry into a living wage in Scotland.

Public Audit Committee
14 December 2011
9th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 6 and 7 in private and consideration of its draft report on "An overview of Scotland’s criminal justice system" in private at future meetings.

2. Section 23 report - Reducing Scottish greenhouse gas emissions: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Reducing Scottish greenhouse gas emissions" from—

Mr Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland;

Barbara Hurst, Director, Angela Canning, Assistant Director, Mark Roberts, Portfolio Manager, and Douglas Black, Project Manager, Performance Audit Group, Audit Scotland.

3. Section 22 reports: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s reports entitled "The 2010/11 audit of Registers of Scotland", "The 2010/11 audit of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service" and "The 2010/11 audit of Disclosure Scotland" from—

Mr Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland;

Bob Leishman, Portfolio Manager, Best Value and Scrutiny Improvement Group, Audit Scotland.

4. Section 23 report - A review of telehealth in Scotland: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Government on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "A review of telehealth in Scotland".

5. Section 22 report - The 2010/11 audit of the Scottish Government Consolidated Accounts: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Government on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "The 2010/11 audit of the Scottish Government Consolidated Accounts".

6. Consideration of approach - Reducing Scottish greenhouse gas emissions: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Reducing Scottish greenhouse gas emissions".

7. Consideration of approach - Section 22 Reports: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s reports entitled "The 2010/11 audit of Registers of Scotland", "The 2010/11 audit of the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service" and "The 2010/11 audit of Disclosure Scotland" .

Proposed future business

At its next meeting it is expected that the Committee will take evidence from the Auditor General for Scotland in relation to reports he has recently published.

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee
14 December 2011
15th Meeting, 2011

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Crofting Commission (Elections) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/draft) from—

Stewart Stevenson, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Michael Anderson, Directorate for Legal Services, and Iain Dewar, Land Tenure Branch, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Stewart Stevenson to move S4M-01522—

That the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee recommends that the Crofting Commission (Elections) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 [draft] be approved.

3. Guidance subject to approval: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Natural Heritage Code of Practice on Deer Management from—

Stewart Stevenson, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Andrew Taylor, Natural Resources Division, and Andrew Crawley, Solicitor, Solicitors Communities and Education, Directorate for Legal Services, Scottish Government;

Arthur MacGugan, Deer Officer, Scottish Natural Heritage.

4. Guidance subject to approval: Stewart Stevenson to move S4M-01540—

That the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee recommends that the Scottish Natural Heritage Code of Practice on Deer Management be approved.

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

The Cattle Identification (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/412);

The Seed Fees (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/413);

The Seed Potatoes (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/414);

The Common Agricultural Policy Schemes (Cross-Compliance) (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/415);

The Common Agricultural Policy Single Farm Payment and Support Schemes (Scotland) Regulations 2011 (SSI 2011/416);

The Deer (Close Seasons) (Scotland) Order 2011 (SSI 2011/417); and

The Nature Conservation (Scotland) Act 2004 (Authorised Operations) Order 2011 (SSI 2011/419).

6. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider the following instrument which is not subject to any parliamentary procedure—

The Pollution Prevention and Control (Designation of Industrial Emissions Directive) (Scotland) Order 2011 (SSI 2011/423).

7. Common Fisheries Policy (in private): The Committee will consider draft correspondence.

8. Post legislative scrutiny of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 (in private): The Committee will consider draft correspondence.