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
13 January 2015
1st Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in the Robert Burns Room (CR1)

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 5, considering the main themes arising from the oral evidence heard and a draft report on the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill should be taken in private and in private at future meetings. The Committee will also decide whether to take items 6, a draft Stage 1 report on the Mental Health (Scotland) Bill in private and in private at future meetings.

2. Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill - 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 on the Bill.

3. Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the legislative consent memorandum lodged by Shona Robison (LCM(S4)36.1).

4. Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

David Stephenson Q.C., The Faculty of Advocates;

Professor Alison Britton, Convenor of the Society Health and Medical Law Committee, and Coral Riddell, Head of Professional Practice for the Society, The Law Society of Scotland;

Gary Flannigan, Detective Chief Superintendent, Police Scotland;

Stephen McGowan, Procurator Fiscal, Major Crime and Fatalities Investigation, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service;

and then from—

Dr Francis Dunn, President, The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow;

Dr Stephen Potts, Consultant Psychiatrist, The Royal College of Psychiatrists in Scotland;

Aileen Bryson, Practice and Policy Lead, Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland.

5. Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the oral evidence heard earlier in the meeting. The Committee will also consider a draft report.

6. Mental Health (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 20 January, the Committee expects to consider the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill; a draft report on the Mental Health (Scotland) Bill and its work programme.

Public Petitions Committee
13 January 2015
1st Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in the Adam Smith Room (CR5)

1. Declaration of interests: Hanzala Malik and John Pentland will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Choice of Convener: The Committee will choose a Convener.

3. Consideration of a current petition: The Committee will consider—

PE1531 by Ashley Husband Powton on removing charitable status from private schools

and take evidence from—

Martin Tyson, Head of Registration, and Judith Turbyne, Head of Engagement, Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

4. Consideration of new petitions: The Committee will consider—

PE1541 by Chris Cromar on "Flower of Scotland" to be officially recognised as Scotland’s national anthem

and take evidence from—

Chris Cromar;

and will then consider—

PE1542 by Evelyn Mundell, on behalf of Ben Mundell and Malcolm and Caroline Smith, on human rights for dairy farmers

and take evidence from—

Evelyn Mundell;

Ben Mundell.

5. Consideration of current petitions: The Committee will consider—

PE1408 by Andrea MacArthur on the updating of Pernicious Anaemia/Vitamin B12 Deficiency understanding and treatment;

PE1446 by Dr Liza Morton, on behalf of Scottish adult congenital heart patients, on Scottish standards for the care of adult congenital heart patients;

PE1480 by Amanda Kopel, on behalf of the Frank Kopel Alzheimer’s Awareness Campaign, on Alzheimer’s and dementia awareness;

PE1505 by Jackie Watt on awareness of Strep B in pregnancy and infants;

PE1518 by George Chalmers on meaningful public consultation within the Scottish planning system.

6. Visit to Brussels: The Committee will consider a note by the clerk.

7. External research (in private): The Committee will consider options.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 27 January, the Committee expects to consider petitions on abolition of non-residential social care charges for older and disabled people, definition of adultery, polypropylene mesh medical devices, school bus safety, a Sunshine Act for Scotland, no more Page 3 in the Scottish Sun and Scottish Parliament, access to justice, guidance on how creationism is presented in schools and equal rights of appeal in the planning system.

Education and Culture Committee
13 January 2015
1st Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Sir Alexander Fleming Room (CR3)

1. Declaration of interests: Mark Griffin and Siobhan McMahon will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee will choose a new Deputy Convener.

3. Time to Shine: The Committee will take evidence from—

Judith Barclay, Ensembles Administrator, National Youth Orchestras of Scotland;

Blair Boyle, Youth Arts Voice Scotland;

Alison Hardie, Information Research and Strategy Director, Young Scot;

Kenny McGlashan, Chief Executive Officer, Youth Theatre Arts Scotland;

Mark Sheridan, Reader in Music and Creativity, University of Highlands and Islands.

4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on—

Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Rules of Procedure in Children’s Hearings) Amendment Rules 2015 [draft];

Secure Accommodation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015 [draft];

from—

Fiona McLeod, Acting Minister for Children and Young People, Liz Blair, Senior Principal Legal Officer, and John McCutcheon, Youth Justice Policy Officer, Scottish Government.

5. Subordinate legislation: Fiona McLeod (Acting Minister for Children and Young People) to move—

S4M-12017—That the Education and Culture Committee recommends that the Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Rules of Procedure in Children’s Hearings) Amendment Rules 2015 [draft] be approved;

S4M-12018—That the Education and Culture Committee recommends that the Secure Accommodation (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015 [draft] be approved.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 27 January, the Committee will take evidence on spending on science in schools.

Welfare Reform Committee
13 January 2015
1st Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Mary Fairfax Somerville Room (CR2)

1. Declaration of interests: Annabel Goldie and Margaret McDougall will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private.

3. Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights The Committee will meet with the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights to discuss his new remit and the proposals from the Smith Commission—

Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioners’ Rights, Lesley Fraser, Director for Housing Regeneration and Welfare, and Jamie MacDougall, (Acting) Head of Welfare, Scottish Government.

4. Letter from Esther McVey, UK Minister for Employment: The Committee will discuss correspondence received from Esther McVey, UK Minister for Employment.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting on, 27 January, the Committee will consider Stage 2 of the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill.

Justice Committee
13 January 2015
2nd Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 10.15 am in the James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4)

1. Declaration of interests: Jayne Baxter will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private.

3. Prisoners (Control of Release) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Dr Monica Barry, Principal Research Fellow, and Professor Cyrus Tata, Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, University of Strathclyde;

and then from—

Lisa Mackenzie, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Howard League Scotland;

Pete White, National Co-ordinator, Positive Prison? Positive Futures;

Professor Alan Miller, Chair, Scottish Human Rights Commission;

Sarah Crombie, Acting Director of Corporate Services, Victim Support Scotland.

4. Human Trafficking and Exploitation (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 20 January, the Committee expects to continue taking evidence on the Prisoners (Control of Release) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee
13 January 2015
2nd Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 11.30 am in the David Livingstone Room (CR6)

1. Instrument subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—

Scottish Landfill Tax (Prescribed Landfill Site Activities) Order 2014 (SSI 2014/367).

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

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Addition and Modification of Reliefs) (Scotland) Order 2015 [draft].

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

Scottish Tax Tribunals (Eligibility for Appointment) Regulations 2014 (SSI 2014/355);

Building (Scotland) Act 2003 (Charging Orders) Regulations 2014 (SSI 2014/369);

Children (Performances and Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 (SSI 2014/372);

Designation of Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Scotland) Regulations 2014 (SSI 2014/373);

Sports Grounds and Sporting Events (Designation) (Scotland) Amendment Order 2014 (SSI 2014/374);

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Ancillary Provision) (Scotland) Order 2014 (SSI 2014/376);

Sea Fishing (Points for Masters of Fishing Boats) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 (SSI 2014/379).

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

Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014 (Commencement No. 3 and Transitional Provision) Order 2014 (SSI 2014/359 (C.32));

Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2014 (SSI 2014/368 (C.34));

Revenue Scotland and Tax Powers Act 2014 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2014 (SSI 2014/370 (C.35));

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session and Sheriff Court Rules Amendment No. 3) (Mutual Recognition of Protection Measures) 2014 (SSI 2014/371).

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 20 January, the Committee expects to consider the Legal Writings (Counterparts and Delivery) (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

Finance Committee
14 January 2015
2nd Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in the David Livingstone Room (CR6)

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 7 in private.

2. Community Charge Debt (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Councillor Kevin Keenan, Spokesperson for Resources and Capacity, COSLA;

Brian Cook, Head of Revenue Services, North Lanarkshire Council;

Gregory Colgan, Head of Corporate Debt and Welform Reform, Dundee City Council;

Lynn Brown, Deputy Chief Executive and Executive Director of Finance, Glasgow City Council;

and then from—

John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy, Jenny Brough, Council Tax Team Leader, Graham Owenson, Head of Local Government Finance Unit, Laura Barrie, Assistant Scottish Parliamentary Counsel, and Colin Brown, Legal Officer, Scottish Government.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Landfill Tax (Prescribed Landfill Site Activites) Order 2014 (SSI 2014/367) from—

John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy, David Kerrouchi, Policy Adviser, Neil Ferguson, Land and Buildings Transaction Tax Bill Team Leader, and John St Clair, Senior Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government.

4. Subordinate legislation: John Swinney (Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Constitution) to move—S4M-12007—That the Finance Committee recommends that the Scottish Landfill Tax (Prescribed Landfill Site Activities) Order 2014 be approved.

5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee will take evidence on the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Prescribed Proportions) (Scotland) Order 2014 (SSI 2014/350), the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Qualifying Public or Educational Bodies) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 (SSI 2014/351), and the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Definition of Charity) (Relevant Territories) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 (SSI 2014/352) from—

John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy, David Kerrouchi, Policy Adviser, Neil Ferguson, Land and Buildings Transaction Tax Bill Team Leader, and John St Clair, Senior Principal Legal Officer, Scottish Government.

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

the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Prescribed Proportions) (Scotland) Order 2014 (SSI 2014/350);

the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Qualifying Public or Educational Bodies) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 (SSI 2014/351);

the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Definition of Charity) (Relevant Territories) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 (SSI 2014/352).

7. Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the Financial Memorandum of the Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 21 January, the Committee will continue to take evidence on Further Fiscal Devolution.

Local Government and Regeneration Committee
14 January 2015
2nd Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in the Mary Fairfax Somerville Room (CR2)

1. Declaration of interests: Cara Hilton will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Appointment of European Union Reporter The Committee will appoint a member to serve as its European Union Reporter.

3. Public petitions: PE1538 The Committee will consider the following petition- PE1538 by Dr Richard Burton on behalf of Accountability Scotland, on Transparency in SPSO investigations.

4. Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Janet Hood, Associations Licensing Specialist, Associaiton of Licensed Adult Entertainment Venues Scotland;

Andrew Cox;

Professor Phil Hubbard, University of Kent;

Mairi Millar, Legal Manager Licensing, Glasgow City Council;

Willie Taylor, Service Manager, Dumfries and Galloway Council;

Jon Morgan, Director, Federation of Scottish Theatre;

Eric Anderson, Depute Clerk to the Licensing Board, Aberdeen City Council;

Laura Tomson, Co-Director, Zero Tollerance;

and then from—

Michael McDougall, Solicitor, Glasgow City Council;

Gary Walker, Principal Policy Officer, Waste Unit, National Operations, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency;

Guy Jefferson, Director, SP Distribution, Scottish Power.

5. Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the evidnece received.

6. Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 21 January 2015, the Committee expects to consider the Air Weapons and Licensing bill.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
14 January 2015
1st Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4)

1. Declaration of interests: Lewis Macdonald MSP and Johann Lamont MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private.

3. Economic Impact of the Creative Industries : The Committee will take evidence from—

Brian Baglow, Director, Scottish Games Network;

Colin MacDonald, Games Commissioner, Channel 4;

Chris van der Kuyl, Chairman, 4j Studios;

Paul Durrant, Director of Business Development, Abertay University.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 21 January 2015 the Committee expects to consider oral evidence on the Creative Industries Inquiry.

Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee
14 January 2015
1st Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Adam Smith Room (CR5)

1. Declaration of interests: David Stewart MSP will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private.

3. Scottish Housing Regulator annual report 2013-14: The Committee will take evidence from—

Michael Cameron, Chief Executive, Anne Jarvie, Board member, and Lisa Peebles, Board member, Scottish Housing Regulator.

4. Consideration of evidence: The Committee will consider the evidence taken at agenda item 3 and at previous meetings on the Scottish Housing Regulator’s annual report 2013-14.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 21 Jan, the Committee expects to consider oral evidence from the Minister for Housing and Welfare.

Public Audit Committee
14 January 2015
1st Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Robert Burns Room (CR1)

1. Declaration of interests: Paul Martin, Stuart McMillan and Drew Smith will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Choice of Convener: The Committee will choose a Convener.

3. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 8 and 9 in private.

4. Section 23 report - NHS in Scotland 2013/14: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland report entitled ‘‘NHS in Scotland 2013/14’’ from—

Paul Gray, Director General Health & Social Care and Chief Executive NHS Scotland, John Connaghan, Director for Health Workforce and Performance, John Matheson, Director Finance, eHealth and Pharmaceuticals, and Dr Aileen Keel CBE, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Scottish Government.

5. Section 22 report - The 2013/14 audit of the Scottish Police Authority: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland report entitled "The 2013/14 audit of the Scottish Police Authority" from—

Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland;

Gillian Woolman, Assistant Director, and Mark Roberts, Senior Manager, Audit Scotland.

6. Section 22 report - The 2012/13 audit of North Glasgow College: The Committee will consider written submissions from the Scottish Government and the Scottish Funding Council regarding the Auditor General for Scotland report entitled "The 2012/13 audit of North Glasgow College.’’

7. Section 23 report - NHS financial performance 2012/13 and Management of patients on NHS waiting lists - audit update: The Committee will consider a further response from the Scottish Government to its report entitled "NHS financial performance 2012/13 and Management of patients on NHS waiting lists - audit update."

8. Section 23 report - NHS in Scotland 2013/14: The Committee will consider the evidence recieved at agenda item 4 and take evidence from—

Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland;

Angela Canning, Assistant Director, and Jillian Matthew, Project Manager, Audit Scotland.

9. Section 22 report - The 2013/14 audit of the Scottish Police Authority: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland report entitled ‘‘The 2013/14 audit of the Scottish Police Authority" and take evidence from—

Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland;

Gillian Woolman, Assistant Director, and Mark Roberts, Senior Manager, Audit Scotland.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 21 January, the Committee expects to take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland report entitled Community Planning: Turning ambition into action.

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee
14 January 2015
2nd Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the Sir Alexander Fleming Room (CR3)

1. Declaration of interests: Sarah Boyack 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 the Scottish Government’s National Marine Plan should be taken in private at future meetings.

3. Scotland’s National Marine Plan: The Committee will take evidence from—

Richard Lochhead, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and the Environment, Linda Rosborough, Director, Marine Scotland, and Anna Donald, Head of Marine Planning and Strategy, Scottish Government.

4. Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft stage 1 report on Part 4 of the Bill.

Proposed future business

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

Devolution (Further Powers) Committee
15 January 2015
2nd Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in the Mary Fairfax Somerville Room (CR2)

1. Declaration of interests: Duncan McNeil will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Evidence from civic Scotland organisations on the Smith Agreement. The Committee will then take evidence from—

Peter Kelly, Director, Poverty Alliance;

Dave Moxham, Deputy General Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress;

Lucy McTernan, Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations;

Satwat Rehman, Director, One Parent Families Scotland;

Bill Scott, Director of Policy, Inclusion Scotland;

Mary Taylor, Chief Executive, Scottish Federation of Housing Associations.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 22 January 2015, the Committee expects to take oral evidence from a range of Scottish business organisations on the Smith Agreement.

European and External Relations Committee
15 January 2015
1st Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in the Robert Burns Room (CR1)

1. Declaration of interests: Anne McTaggart will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – European Commission The Committee will take evidence, in a video conference, from—

Hiddo Houben, Deputy Chief Negotiator for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, European Commission.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on Thursday 22 January 2015, the Committee expects to take evidence on the EU strategy and consider the latest issue of the Brussels Bulletin.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
15 January 2015
1st Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in the David Livingstone Room (CR6)

1. Declaration of interests: Patricia Ferguson and Gil Paterson will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of its work programme and the written evidence received on its inquiry into elected conveners should be taken in private at future meetings.

3. Cross-Party Group: The Committee will consider the membership of the Cross-Party Group on Video Games Technology.

4. Inquiry into lobbying (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 29 January, the Committee expects to consider its wpork programme and draft reports on its inquiry into lobbying, its inquiry into the procedures for considering legislation and the Members’ Interests Bill.

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