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
5 November 2013
28th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Scrutiny of the Draft Budget 2014-15 (in private): The Committee will consider a revised draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2014-15.

2. Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 12 November, the Committee expects to take evidence from representatives of the art and culture sector on the work of Creative Scotland.

Justice Committee
5 November 2013
30th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2014-15: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2014-15 from—

Anne Pinkman, Convener, Scottish Working Group on Women’s Offending;

Tom Halpin, Chief Executive, Safeguarding Communities - Reducing Offending (Sacro);

Lillian Cringles, Manager, Justice Services, North Lanarkshire Council.

2. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2014-15: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2014-15 from—

Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Kerry Twyman, Finance Programme Management Division, Andy Bruce, Deputy Director, Community Justice Division, Kerry Morgan, Community Justice Division, and Stephen Woodhouse, Police Division, Scottish Government.

3. Commission on Women Offenders: The Committee will take evidence from—

Kenny MacAskill, Cabinet Secretary for Justice;

Jane Moffat, Community Justice Division, Scottish Government;

Colin McConnell, Chief Executive, Scottish Prison Service.

4. Offensive Behaviour at Football and Threatening Communications (Scotland) Act 2012: The Committee will consider correspondence received.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 12 November, the Committee expects to consider the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill at Stage 2.

Health and Sport Committee
5 November 2013
31st Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

1. National Confidential Forum (Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill): The Committee will consider the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

2. Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will consider a draft Stage 1 report.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 12 November, the Committee expects to take oral evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Well-being. The Committee will consider a draft report on the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill and a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2014-15.

Welfare Reform Committee
5 November 2013
17th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

1. The ‘Bedroom Tax’ in Scotland: The Committee will take evidence on research it commisioned on the impact of the ‘Bedroom tax’ in Scotland from—

Professor Ken Gibb, Professor in Housing Economics and Director for Public Policy, University of Glasgow.

2. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2014-15 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2014-15.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 5 November, the Committee expects to consider oral evidence from Proffesor Ken Gibb on research the Committee commissioned on The ‘Bedroom tax’ in Scotland. The Committee will also consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2014-15.

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee
5 November 2013
28th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 11.30 am in Committee Room 5

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

Council Tax Reduction (Scotland) Amendment (No. 4) Regulations 2013 (SSI 2013/287).

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

Act of Sederunt (Rules of the Court of Session Amendment No. 6) (Miscellaneous) 2013 (SSI 2013/294);

Act of Sederunt (Summary Applications, Statutory Applications and Appeals etc. Rules Amendment) (Miscellaneous) 2013 (SSI 2013/293).

3. Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will consider its approach to the delegated powers provisions in this Bill at Stage 1.

4. Scottish Independence Referendum Bill: The Committee will consider the delegated powers provisions in this Bill after Stage 2.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 12 November, the Committee expects to consider subordinate legislation.

Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee
6 November 2013
30th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Bankruptcy and Debt Advice (Scotland) Bill: The Committee will take evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Rosemary Winter-Scott, the Accountant in Bankruptcy and Agency Chief Executive, and Claire Orr, Executive Director Policy and Compliance, Accountant in Bankruptcy;

Graham Fisher, Scottish Government Legal Directorate;

and then from—

Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, Scottish Government;

Chris Boyland, Head of Strategic Reform, and Claire Orr, Executive Director Policy and Compliance, Accountant in Bankruptcy.

2. Bankruptcy and Debt Advice (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee will review the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 13 November, the Committee will consider a revised draft report on the 2014-15 Draft Budget.

Public Audit Committee
6 November 2013
14th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 5

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

2. Section 23 report - NHS financial performance 2012/13: The Committee will take evidence on the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "NHS financial performance 2012/13" from—

Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland;

Angela Canning, Assistant Director, Tricia Meldrum, Portfolio Manager, and Gemma Diamond, Project Manager, Performance Audit and Best Value Group, Audit Scotland.

3. Section 23 report - Scotland’s colleges 2013: The Committee will take evidence from—

Audrey Cumberford, Principal and Chief Executive, West College Scotland;

Margaret Munckton, Acting Principal and Chief Executive, Perth College;

Susan H Walsh, Principal and Chief Executive, Glasgow Clyde College;

Alan Williamson, Director of Finance, Edinburgh College;

and then from—

Laurence Howells, Interim Chief Executive, Scottish Funding Council.

4. Consideration of approach - NHS financial performance 2012/13: The Committee will consider its approach to the Auditor General for Scotland’s report entitled "NHS financial performance 2012/13" and take evidence from—

Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland;

Angela Canning, Assistant Director, Tricia Meldrum, Portfolio Manager, and Gemma Diamond, Project Manager, Performance Audit and Best Value Group, Audit Scotland.

5. Consideration of approach - Scotland’s colleges 2013: The Committee will consider the evidence received at agenda item 3 and take evidence from—

Caroline Gardner, Auditor General for Scotland;

Ronnie Nicol, Assistant Director, and Phil Grigor, Project Manager, Performance Audit and Best Value Group, Audit Scotland.

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.

Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee
6 November 2013
21st Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 3

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

Stuart Greig, Head of Zero Waste Policy, Alastair Merrill, Director of Procurement, Paul McNulty, Head of Procurement Policy and Development, and Mark Richards, Solicitor, Branch Head of Commercial and Business Services, Scottish Government;

and then from—

Dr Jim Cuthbert and Margaret Cuthbert;

Duncan Osler, Partner, MacRoberts LLP;

Morag Wallace, Associate Director, and Barry White, Chief Executive, Scottish Futures Trust.

2. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2014-15 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2014-15.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 13 Nov, The Committee expects to take oral evidence on the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill and consideration of the Draft Budget Scrutiny 2014-15 Draft Report.

Local Government and Regeneration Committee
6 November 2013
28th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 6

1. The Implications of Procurement Reform for Public Services and Community Regeneration: The Committee will take evidence on the implications for local government of the provisions of the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill from—

Andy Milne, Chief Executive, Scotland’s Urban Regeneration Forum (SURF);

Francis Stuart, Research and Policy Adviser, Oxfam Scotland;

Annie Gunner Logan, Director, CCPS Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland.

2. Public Petitions PE01423: Following the publication of the Committee’s report entitled Public Services Reform and Local Government: Strand 3 Developing New Ways of Delivering Services (SP Paper 370), the Committee will consider the petition PE1423 by Gordon Hall on behalf of The Unreasonable Learners, on harnessing the undoubted talent of public sector staff.

3. The Implications of Procurement Reform for Public Services and Community Regeneration (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received.

4. Forthcoming Legislation (in private): The Committee will consider its approach to forthcoming legislation on the Defective and Dangerous Building (Recovery and Expenses) (Scotland) Bill.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 13 November 2013, the Committee expects to consider the Procurement Reform (Scotland) Bill, with oral evidence from former Council Chief Executives, SOPO, SOLAR, Audit Scotland and SOLACE; and will take a second consideration of the draft report to the Finance Committee on the 2014/15 Budget and 2013 Spending Review. The Committee is also planning to carry out a inquiry into the Defective and dangerous Buildings (Recovery of Expenses) (Scotland) Bill in the new year.

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee
6 November 2013
32nd Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Committee Room 2

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

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

Bee Keeping (Colonsay and Oronsay) Order 2013 (SSI 2013/279); and Loch Sligachan, Isle of Skye, Scallops Several Fishery Order 2013 (SSI 2013/280).

3. Climate change adaptation: The Committee will take evidence from—

Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Bob Irvine, Deputy Director for Climate Change and Water Industry, Helen Mansbridge, Team Leader - Behaviour Change, and Neil Ritchie, Head of Natural Assets and Flooding, Scottish Government.

4. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2014-15 (in private): The Committee will consider a draft report to the Finance Committee.

Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee
7 November 2013
14th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 9.30 am in Committee Room 6

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of a response from the Parliamentary Bureau on Presiding Officer and Deputy Presiding Officer elections and responses on its consultation on the review of Parliamentary reform should be taken in private at future meetings.

2. Cross-Party Group: The Committee will consider an application for recognition from the proposed Cross-Party Group on the Scottish Economy, and take evidence from—

Richard Baker, Co-Convener of the proposed Cross-Party Group on the Scottish Economy.

3. Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland: The Committee will take oral evidence, on the Commissioner’s annual report, from—

Stuart Allan, Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland;

Douglas Winchester, Investigating Officer, and Ian Bruce, Public Appointments Manager, Commissioner for Ethical Standards in Public Life in Scotland.

4. Cross-Party Group - approval: The Committee will decide whether to accord recognition to the proposed Cross-Party Group on the Scottish Economy.

5. Status of Groups - substitutes in Committee (in private): The Committee will consider a note by the Clerk.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, 21 November, the Committee expects to consider a monitoring report on the activities of Cross-Party Groups, an issues paper on the Interests of Members of the Scottish Parliament Act 2006 and minor Standing Order rule changes for Hybrid Bills.

European and External Relations Committee
7 November 2013
18th Meeting, 2013

The Committee will meet at 10.30 am in Committee Room 4

1. Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 2 in private and all future discussion of the post of adviser in private.

2. Inquiry into the aspects of the Scottish Government’s White Paper on Independence relating to the European Union: The Committee will consider candidates for the post of adviser in connection with its forthcoming inquiry.

Proposed future business

At its next meeting, on 14 November, the Committee expects to take evidence in a round table on European structural funds and to consider the latest edition of the Brussels Bulletin.

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