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 January 2015
3rd Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 9.45 am in the David Livingstone Room (CR6)

1. Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1, in round-table format, from—

Dr Pat Carragher, Medical Director, Children’s Hospice Association Scotland;

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, Palliative Care Lead Clinician for Wales and Crossbench Peer, House of Lords;

Dr Stephen Hutchison, Consultant Physician in Palliative Medicine, Highland Hospice, Inverness;

Mark Hazelwood, Chief Executive, Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care;

Richard Meade, Head of Policy and Public Affairs, Scotland, Marie Curie Cancer Care;

Dr David Jeffrey, Honorary Lecturer in Palliative Medicine, University of Edinburgh;

and then from—

Rev Sally Foster-Fulton, Convener, Church of Scotland (Church and Society Council);

Rev Dr Harriet Harris, Convener, Doctrine Committee, Scottish Episcopal Church (General Synod);

Rev Dr Donald MacDonald, Former surgeon and retired Professor of Theology and Ethics, Free Church of Scotland;

Ephraim Borowski, Director, Scottish Council of Jewish Communities;

Dr Salah Beltagui, Member of the Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, Muslim Council of Scotland;

John Deighan, Parliamentary Officer, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Scotland.

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

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 3 February, the Committee expects to consider the Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill.

Education and Culture Committee
27 January 2015
2nd Meeting, 2015

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

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

2. Declaration of interests: Siobhan McMahon will be invited to declare any relevant interests.

3. Public petition PE1470: The Committee will consider a petition by Lauren King, on behalf of the Scottish Youth Parliament, calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to establish a Young Carer’s Grant for carers in full-time education or under the age of 18.

4. Science: The Committee will take evidence on the resourcing of science in Scottish schools from—

Professor Sally Brown, Chair of the Learned Societies’ Group, Stuart Farmer, Institute of Physics and the Association for Science Education, Dr Bill Beveridge, Programme Manager (Scotland), Royal Society of Chemistry, Dr Liz Lakin, Council of the Society of Biology, and Kate Farrell, Co-Chair, Computing at School Scotland, Learned Societies’ Group.

5. V&A Museum of Design Dundee: The Committee will consider a letter from Claire Baker MSP about the V&A Museum of Design Dundee.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 3 February, the Committee will take evidence on the new Highers from the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning.

Justice Committee
27 January 2015
4th Meeting, 2015

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

1. Decisions on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take items 3 and 4 in private.

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

Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Philip Lamont, Head of Criminal Justice and Sentencing Unit, Jane Moffat, Head of Rehabilitation and Reintegration Unit, and Ann Davies, Directorate for Legal Services, Scottish Government.

3. Serious Crime Bill (UK Parliament legislation): The Committee will consider a draft report on the supplementary legislative consent memorandum LCM(S4) 33.2.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 3 February, the Committee expects to consider subordinate legislation, public petitions and EU priorities for 2015.

Public Petitions Committee
27 January 2015
2nd Meeting, 2015

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

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

PE1533 by Jeff Adamson, on behalf of Scotland Against the Care Tax, on abolition of non-residential social care charges for older and disabled people

and take evidence from—

Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport, David Fotheringham, and Mike Liddle, Integration and Reshaping Care Division, Scottish Government.

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

PE1536 by Akri Jones on definition of adultery

and take evidence from—

Akri Jones

and will then consider—

PE1546 by John Crossan on collecting Poll Tax arrears.

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

PE1098 by Lynn Merrifield, on behalf of Kingseat Community Council and PE1223 by Ron Beaty on school bus safety;

PE1493 by Peter John Gordon on a Sunshine Act for Scotland;

PE1521 by George Eckton and Jane O’Donnell on no more Page 3 in the Scottish Sun and Scottish Parliament;

PE1525 by Catherine Fraser on access to justice;

PE1530 by Spencer Fildes, on behalf of the Scottish Secular Society, on guidance on how creationism is presented in schools;

PE1534 by Clare Symonds, on behalf of Planning Democracy, on equal rights of appeal in the planning system.

4. Consideration of a current petition: Not before 11.30 am

The Committee will consider—

PE1517 by Elaine Holmes and Olive McIlroy on behalf of the Scottish Mesh Survivors - "Hear Our Voice" campaign, on polypropylene mesh medical devices

and take evidence, via videoconference, from—

Adam M Slater, Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman, LLC.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 17 February, the Committee expects to consider petitions on giving the Tinkers’ Heart of Argyll back to the Travelling People, a permanent solution for the A83, increasing the maximum sentence for convictions under the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, free Wi-Fi in Scottish public buildings and teaching sustainability and banning plastic bags.

Welfare Reform Committee
27 January 2015
2nd Meeting, 2015

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

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

2. Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

3. Proposal for commissioned research: The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 3 February, the Committee expects to take oral evidence from David Mundell, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland on the link between food bank usage and welfare reforms, as well as the welfare proposals contained in the Smith Agreement.

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee
27 January 2015
4th Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in the Sir Alexander Fleming Room (CR3)

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

Local Government Finance (Scotland) Order 2015 [draft].

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

Scottish Landfill Tax (Administration) Regulations 2015 (SSI 2015/3);

Tweed Regulation Amendment Order 2015 (SSI 2015/11);

Local Governance (Scotland) Act 2004 (Remuneration and Severance Payments) Amendment Regulations 2015 (SSI 2015/7);

Disabled Persons (Badges for Motor Vehicles) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2015 (SSI 2015/9).

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

Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Act 2014 (Commencement) Order 2015 (SSI 2015/8 (C.1));

Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (Commencement No. 1) Order 2015 (SSI 2015/12 (C.2)).

4. Human Trafficking and Exploitation (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 3 February, the Committee expects to consider subordinate legislation.

Finance Committee
28 January 2015
4th Meeting, 2015

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

1. Further Fiscal Devolution: The Committee will take evidence from—

Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury, and Lindsey Fussell, Director Public Services, HM Treasury, UK Government;

and then from—

John Swinney, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy, and Sean Neil, Acting Deputy Director of Finance, Scottish Government.

2. Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill: The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2.

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

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on the 4 February, the Committee expects to consider the Community Charge Debt (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2. The Committee also expects to take evidence on the British Sign Language (Scotland) Bill and on subordinate legislation.

Local Government and Regeneration Committee
28 January 2015
4th Meeting, 2015

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

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

Assistant Chief Constable Nelson Telfer, Head of Policing, West of Scotland, and Chief Inspector Morag Stewart, Liquor and Civic Licensing Policy, Police Scotland;

Chief Superintendent John McBride, Divisional Commander for Scotland, and Superintendent Alison Evans, National Metal Theft Taskforce, British Transport Police.

2. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of its work programme, EU Priorities and approach to budget scrutiny should be taken in private at future meetings.

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

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 4 February, the Committee expects to consider its EU Priorities and work programme for 2015, as well as its approach to its budget scrutiny for 2015-16.

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee
28 January 2015
4th Meeting, 2015

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

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private. The Committee will also decide whether to consider its EU priorities in private at future meetings.

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

Conservation of Salmon (Annual Close Time and Catch and Release) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2014 (SSI 2014/357);

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

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

3. Dairy industry: The Committee will take evidence from—

Nigel Evans, Vice Chairman and Farmer Director, First Milk;

Graeme Jack, Group Corporate Communications Director, Muller Wiseman;

George Jamieson, Dairy Policy Manager, NFUS;

James Withers, Chief Executive, Scotland Food and Drink;

Robert Macintyre, dairy farmer;

Dr Judith Bryans, Chief Executive, Dairy UK.

4. Dairy industry: The Committee will consider evidence heard at item 3 and consider future plans for its inquiry.

5. Scotland’s National Marine Plan (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
28 January 2015
3rd Meeting, 2015

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in the James Clerk Maxwell Room (CR4)

1. Economic Impact of the Creative Industries - 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 in the inquiry.

2. Economic Impact of the Creative Industries: The Committee will consider whether to take item 4 in private. The Committee will also consider whether to review the evidence heard at future meetings and draft reports in private.

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

Janet Archer, Chief Executive, and Natalie Usher, Director of Film and Media, Creative Scotland;

David Smith, Director of Creative Industries, Scottish Enterprise;

Charlotte Wright, Director of Business and Sector Development, Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

4. Economic Impact of the Creative Industries: The Committee will review evidence heard at this meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 4 February, the Committee expects to take evidence on Economic Impact of the Creative Industries Inquiry.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
29 January 2015
2nd Meeting, 2015

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

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

2. Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report and Bill.

3. Work programme (in private): The Committee will consider its work programme.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 26 February, the Committee expects to consider written evidence on its inquiry into the election on Committee Conveners and a draft report on its inquiry into the procedures for considering legislation.

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