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
20 January 2015
2nd Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in the Mary Fairfax Somerville Room (CR2)

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 5 in private.

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

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

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

Robert Preston, Director, Living and Dying Well;

Professor Graeme Laurie, Chair of Medical Jurisprudence, Director, JK Mason Institute for Medicine, Life Sciences and Law;

Professor David Albert Jones, Director, Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford;

Dr Calum MacKellar, Director of Research, Scottish Council on Human Bioethics;

Stephen Smith, Lecturer in Law, Birmingham Law School;

Professor Sheila McLean, Emeritus Professor of Law and Ethics in Medicine.

4. Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider the main themes arising from the oral evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

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

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 27 January, the Committee expects to consider the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill and a draft report on the Mental Health (Scotland) Bill.

Justice Committee
20 January 2015
3rd Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in the David Livingstone Room (CR6)

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 4 and 5 in private.

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

Professor Fergus McNeill, Professor of Criminology and Social Work, University of Glasgow;

Professor Cyrus Tata, Professor of Law and Criminal Justice, University of Strathclyde;

Peter Johnston, Convener, Risk Management Authority;

and then from—

Colin McConnell, Chief Executive, Scottish Prison Service;

John Watt, Chair, Parole Board for Scotland;

Phil Thomas, Scottish National Committee, Prison Officers Association (Scotland).

3. Serious Crime Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will take evidence on supplementary legislative consent memorandum LCM(S4) 33.2 from—

Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Community Safety and Legal Affairs, and Craig McGuffie, Directorate for Legal Services, Scottish Government;

Jim O’Neill, Senior Legal Services Manager, Scottish Prison Service.

4. Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will further consider its approach to the scrutiny of the Bill at Stage 1.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 27 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
20 January 2015
3rd Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in the Robert Burns Room (CR1)

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 11, 12 and 13 in private.

2. Legal Writings (Counterparts and Delivery) (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

3. Guidance subject to approval: The Committee will consider the following—

Scottish Regulators’ Strategic Code of Practice (SG/2015/10).

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

Equality Act 2010 (Specification of Public Authorities) (Scotland) Order 2015 [draft].

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

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Administration) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 (SSI 2014/375);

Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Transitional Provisions) (Scotland) Order 2014 (SSI 2014/377);

Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2015 (SSI 2015/1).

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

Act of Sederunt (Sheriff Court Adoption Rules Amendment) 2015 (SSI 2015/5).

7. Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

8. Public Bodies Act Consent Memorandum: The Committee will consider the following draft Order under Section 9 of the UK Public Bodies Act 2011—

Public Bodies (Abolition of the Advisory Committees on Pesticides) Order 2015 [draft].

9. Serious Crime Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Serious Crime Bill as amended (UK Parliament legislation).

10. Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider the powers to make subordinate legislation conferred on Scottish Ministers in the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill as amended (UK Parliament legislation).

11. Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Scottish Government’s response to its Stage 1 report.

12. Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider further the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

13. Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider a draft report to the Local Government and Regeneration Committee.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 27 January, the Committee expects to consider subordinate legislation.

Public Audit Committee
21 January 2015
2nd Meeting, 2015

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

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

2. Section 23 report - Community planning: Turning ambition into action: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled Community planning: Turning ambition into action from—

Cllr Jenny Laing, Council Leader, Aberdeen City Council;

Chief Superintendent Adrian Watson, Local Police Commander, Aberdeen City Division, Police Scotland;

Susan Webb, Interim Director of Public Health, NHS Grampian;

Cllr David Parker, Council Leader, Scottish Borders Council;

Alistair McKinnon, Regional Director, South of Scotland, Scottish Enterprise;

John Raine, Chair, NHS Borders;

and then from—

Sarah Davidson, Director-General Communities, Scottish Government;

Cllr David O’Neill, President, COSLA;

Pat Watters, Chair, National Community Planning Group.

3. Section 23 report - Community planning: Turning ambition into action: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland report entitled "Community planning: Turning ambition into action" and take evidence from—

Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland;

Antony Clark, Assistant Director, Best Value, Scrutiny and Improvement, Audit Scotland.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, to be held in Inverness on 2 February, the Committee expects to take evidence from NHS Highland on the Audit Scotland report entitled The 2013/14 audit of NHS Highland: Financial management.

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