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

Health and Sport Committee
27 March 2012
12th Meeting, 2012

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 items 6 and 7 in private.

2. Petitions PE1398, PE1399 and PE1401 on access to medicines for orphan diseases and Individual Patient Treatment Requests (IPTRs) - witness expenses: The Committee will be invited to delegate to the Convener responsibility for arranging for the SPCB to pay, under Rule 12.4.3, any expenses of witnesses who attend to give evidence on the petitions.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the National Health Service (Superannuation Scheme and Pension Scheme) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/69) from—

Nicola Sturgeon, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy, Scottish Government.

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

The National Health Service (Superannuation Scheme and Pension Scheme) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/69);

The Community Care (Joint Working etc.) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/65);

The Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002 (Incidental Provision) (Adult Support and Protection) Order 2012 (SSI/2012/66);

The National Assistance (Sums for Personal Requirements) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/67);

The National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/68);

The National Health Service (Optical Charges and Payments) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/73);

The National Health Service (Free Prescriptions and Charges for Drugs and Appliances) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/74);

The Food Hygiene (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/75); and

The Personal Injuries (NHS Charges) (Amounts) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI/2012/76).

5. Petitions PE1398, PE1399 and PE1401 on access to medicines for orphan diseases and Individual Patient Treatment Requests (IPTRs): The Committee will take evidence from—

Stephen Nutt, Executive Officer, Rare Disease UK;

Joan Fletcher, Family Support Officer, Association for Glycogen Storage Disease (UK);

Lesley Loeliger, Founder and Chair, PNH Scotland.

6. Petitions PE1398, PE1399 and PE1401 on access to medicines for orphan diseases and Individual Patient Treatment Requests (IPTRs): The Committee will consider its approach to future scrutiny of the issues raised in relation to the petitions.

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

8. Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 17 April, the Committee expects to consider, in private, a draft report on its inquiry into integration of health and social care.

Justice Committee
27 March 2012
11th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 5 and 6 in private. The Committee will also decide whether its consideration of the main themes arising from the evidence received on the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill, as well as the draft Stage 1 report on the Bill, should be taken in private at future meetings.

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

Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Liz Sadler, Head of Policy and Legislation Unit, Nick Bland, Head of Police Reform Unit, Lorna Gibbs, Head of Fire and Rescue Reform Unit, and Kevin Gibson, Legal Directorate, Scottish Government.

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

Police Pensions (Contributions) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/71).

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

Civil Legal Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/64).

5. Criminal Cases (Punishment and Review) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

6. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will consider a draft report on the Evidence in Civil Partnership and Divorce Actions (Scotland) Order 2012 [draft].

Proposed future business

At its meeting on 17 April the Committee expects to consider the main themes arising from the evidence received on the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

Equal Opportunities Committee
27 March 2012
6th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 2.00 pm in Committee Room 4

1. Gypsy/Travellers carers (oral evidence + event): The Committee will take evidence from—

Florence Burke, Director for Scotland, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers;

Jackie Hothersall, Director of Children and Families Services, Aberlour Child Care Trust;

Suzanne Munday, Director, MECOPP;

Jack Ryan, Chief Executive, Crossroads Caring Scotland.

2. Draft Budget 2012-13 and Spending Review 2011 Scrutiny: The Committee will consider (a) the Scottish Government’s response to the Committee’s report to the Finance Committee on the Draft Budget 2012-13 and the Spending Review 2011 and (b) its approach to its work programme in the light of the report and the response.

Proposed future business

The Committee’s next meeting will take place on 17 April 2012.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
27 March 2012
4th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 2

1. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider applications for recognition from two Cross-Party Groups.

2. European strategy: The Committee will consider a letter from the Parliamentary Bureau.

Proposed future business

Subordinate Legislation Committee
27 March 2012
9th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 2.30 pm in Committee Room 6

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

2. Instruments subject to affirmative procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 [draft];

Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012 [draft].

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

National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/87);

Public Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/88);

Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/89);

Scottish Secure Tenancies (Proceedings for Possession) (Form of Notice) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/92);

Scottish Secure Tenancies (Proceedings for Possession) (Confirmation of Compliance with Pre-Action Requirements) Regulations 2012 (SSI 2012/93).

4. Instruments not subject to any parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

Town and Country Planning (Continuation in force of Local Plans) (Highland) (Scotland) Order 2012 (SSI 2012/90);

Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 (Commencement No. 7 and Transitional Provision) Order 2012 (SSI 2012/91).

5. Public Bodies Consent Memorandums: The Committee will consider the following draft orders under section 9 of the UK Public Bodies Act 2011—

British Waterways Board (Transfer of Functions) Order 2012 [draft];

Inland Waterways Advisory Council (Abolition) Order 2012 [draft].

6. Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (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 17 April, the Committee expects to consider subordinate legislation.

Scotland Bill Committee
27 March 2012
1st Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 3.00 pm in Committee Room 5

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

2. Scotland Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandum lodged by Bruce Crawford MSP (LCM(S4) 8.1).

3. Report on the legislative consent memorandum: The Committee will consider a draft report on the Scottish Government’s legislative consent memorandum.

Proposed future business

There are no plans for a further meeting of the Scotland Bill Committee.

Public Audit Committee
28 March 2012
5th Meeting, 2012

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 5 in private.

2. Section 23 report - Commonwealth Games 2014 Progress report 2: Planning for the delivery of the XXth Games: The Committee will take evidence on the joint Auditor General for Scotland and Accounts Commission report entitled "Commonwealth Games 2014 Progress report 2: Planning for the delivery of the XXth Games" from—

Mr Robert Black, Auditor General for Scotland;

Barbara Hurst, Director, Angela Cullen, Assistant Director, and Carolyn Smith, Project Manager, Performance Audit Group, Audit Scotland.

3. An overview of local government in Scotland - Challenges and change in Scotland 2012: The Committee will receive a briefing on the Accounts Commission report entitled "An overview of local government in Scotland - Challenges and change in Scotland 2012" from—

John Baillie, Chair, Accounts Commission;

Fraser McKinlay, Controller of Audit, and Gordon Smail, Portfolio Manager, Audit Scotland.

4. Section 23 report - Reducing Scottish greenhouse gas emissions: The Committee will consider correspondence from the Scottish Government on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "Reducing Scottish greenhouse gas emissions".

5. Consideration of approach - Commonwealth Games 2014 Progress report 2: Planning for the delivery of the XXth Games: The Committee will consider its approach to the joint Auditor General for Scotland and Accounts Commission report entitled "Commonwealth Games 2014 Progress report 2: Planning for the delivery of the XXth Games".

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.

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