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

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 Robert Burns Room (CR1)

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 2015, 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 2015 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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