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

Education and Culture Committee
24 April 2012
12th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 4

1. National Library of Scotland Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

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

General Teaching Council for Scotland (Legal Assessor) Rules 2012 (SSI 2012/86).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 1 May, the Committee will take oral evidence on Early Years.

Justice Committee
24 April 2012
14th Meeting, 2012

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 4 in private.

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

Act of Sederunt (Fees of Shorthand Writers in the Sheriff Court) (Amendment) 2012 (SSI 2012/101).

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

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment) (Fees for Shorthand Writers) 2012 (SSI 2012/100).

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

5. Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its meeting on 1 May the Committee expects to continue consideration of its draft Stage 1 report on the Police and Fire Reform (Scotland) Bill.

Welfare Reform Committee
24 April 2012
5th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Hanna McCulloch, Senior Policy Officer, Capability Scotland;

David Griffiths, Chief Executive, ECAS;

Mike Holmes, Executive Director, Enable Scotland;

Tanith Muller, Parliamentary and Campaigns Officer - Scotland, Parkinson’s UK;

Gordon Glendinning, Senior Social Worker, RNIB;

Carolyn Roberts, Head of Policy and Campaigns, Scottish Association for Mental Health;

Gordon Macrae, Head of Communications and Policy, Shelter Scotland.

2. Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 1 May, the Committee will hold its last evidence session on the Bill at Stage 1, including taking evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
24 April 2012
5th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 2.15 pm in Committee Room 1

1. Declaration of interests: John Lamont will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a draft report on Parliamentary reform Standing Order changes should be taken in private at a future meeting.

3. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 6 and 7 in private.

4. Cross-Party Groups: The Committee will consider applications for recognition from three Cross-Party Groups.

5. Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland: The Committee will take evidence on the Code of Practice for Ministerial Appointments to Public Bodies in Scotland from—

Karen Carlton, Public Appointments Commissioner for Scotland;

Ian Bruce, Compliance Manager, Commission for Ethical Standards;

and then from—

Barbara Allison, Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development, Avril Coats, Formerly Public Appointments Manager- Public Appointments Centre of Expertise, and George McCran, Head of Public Appointments Centre of Expertise, Scottish Government.

6. Reform of parliamentary business: remodelling the parliamentary week: The Committee will consider changes to Standing Orders.

7. Review of Section 7 of Code of Conduct: The Committee will consider written evidence received.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 1 May, the Committee expects to consider a draft report on Parliamentary reform Standing Order changes.

Subordinate Legislation Committee
24 April 2012
11th 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 negative procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

Firemen’s Pension Scheme Amendment (Scotland) Order 2012 (SSI 2012/106);

Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Order 2012 (SSI 2012/107).

3. Draft instruments not subject to any parliamentary procedure: The Committee will consider the following—

Public Services Reform (Planning) (Pre-application consultation) (Scotland) Order 2012 and proposed Explanatory Document (SG/2012/52);

Public Services Reform (Planning) (Local Review Procedure) (Scotland) Order 2012 and proposed Explanatory Document (SG/2012/53).

4. Alcohol (Minimum Pricing) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response to its Stage 1 report.

5. Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response to its Stage 1 report.

6. Welfare Reform (Further Provision) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft report to the Welfare Reform Committee.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 1 May, the Committee expects to consider subordinate legislation.

Public Audit Committee
25 April 2012
6th Meeting, 2012

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 items 3 and 4 in private.

2. Section 23 report - Commissioning social care: The Committee will take evidence on the joint Auditor General for Scotland and Accounts Commission report entitled "Commissioning social care" from—

Annie Gunner Logan, Director, Coalition of Care Providers in Scotland;

Ranald Mair, Chief Executive, Scottish Care;

Ian Welsh, Chief Executive, Long Term Conditions Alliance Scotland;

and then from—

Duncan MacKay, Head of Social Work Development, North Lanarkshire Council;

Michelle Miller, Chief Social Work Officer, City of Edinburgh Council;

Cllr Douglas Yates, Health and Well-being spokesperson, and Beth Hall, Policy Manager, Convention Of Scottish Local Authorities;

and then from—

Dr Allan Gunning, Executive Director of Policy, Planning and Performance, NHS Ayrshire and Arran.

3. Consideration of evidence - Commissioning social care: The Committee will consider the evidence received at agenda item 2.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting it is expected that the Committee will take evidence on reports recently published by the Auditor General for Scotland.

Local Government and Regeneration Committee
25 April 2012
10th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am 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. Public services reform and local government: strand 1 – partnerships and outcomes: The Committee will take evidence from—

Derek Mackay, Minister for Local Government and Planning, Scottish Government;

Councillor Pat Watters, President, COSLA;

and then from—

David Martin, Chief Executive of Renfrewshire Council, Chair of SOLACE Scotland, and Chair of the National Community Planning Group;

Professor Fiona Mackenzie, Chief Executive of NHS Forth Valley, and NHS Chief Executives Forum Member of the National Community Planning Group;

Lewis Ramsay, Assistant Chief Officer, Strathclyde Fire & Rescue Service, and Chief Fire Officers Association of Scotland Member of the National Community Planning Group;

Bob Christie, Outcomes Programme Manager, The Improvement Service, and Member of the National Community Planning Group;

Mark McAteer, Director of Governance and Performance Management, The Improvement Service.

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

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

4. Planning: The Committee will consider its approach to the consideration of forthcoming planning issues.

5. Public services reform and local government: strand 2 - benchmarking and performance measurement The Committee will consider its approach to the inquiry.

6. Public services reform and local government: strand 1 – partnerships and outcomes (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 9 May, the Committee expects to consider a response from the Scottish Government to its report on a living wage in Scotland. The Committee will also consider subordinate legislation.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
25 April 2012
13th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 1

1. Inquiry into the Scottish Government’s renewable energy targets: The Committee will take evidence from—

Donald Trump Sr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and George Sorial, Executive Vice President and Counsel, The Trump Organisation;

J Mark Gibson, and Graham Lang, Communities Against Turbines Scotland.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 2 May, the Committee expects to consider the Land Registration etc. (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

Finance Committee
25 April 2012
12th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Properties etc.) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Financial Memorandum of the Local Government Finance (Unoccupied Properties etc.) (Scotland) Bill from—

David Melhuish, Director, Scottish Property Federation;

Tom Stokes, past chairman, Business Centre Association.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 2 May, the Committee expects to take futher evidence on the Financial Memorandum on the Local Government Finance Bill.

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee
25 April 2012
12th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 5

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 [draft] from—

Stewart Stevenson, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Stuart Greig, Head of Waste Management, and Andy Crawley, Lawyer, Directorate for Legal Services, Scottish Government.

2. Subordinate legislation: Stewart Stevenson to move S4M-02613—

that the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee recommends that the Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2012 [draft] be approved.

3. Peatlands: The Committee will take evidence from—

Clifton Bain, Director, International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) UK Peatland Programme;

Des Thompson, Policy and Advice Manager, Scottish National Heritage;

Mark Aitken, Principal Policy Officer, SEPA;

Professor Pete Smith, Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen;

Mike Billett, Section Head and Natural Environment Research Council Research Fellow, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 9 May, the Committee expects to consider the Agricultual Holdings (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee
25 April 2012
9th Meeting, 2012

The Committee will meet at 11.15 am in Committee Room 3

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

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; and

Public Contracts and Utilities Contracts (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2012 SSI/2012/108.

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

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 9 May, the Committee will take evidence from the Minister for Housing and Transport on matters relating to his remit.

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