2016 Equalities and Human Rights Committee Papers and Official Reports

December 2016

12th Meeting, Thursday 15 December 2016

Agenda

1.     Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether its consideration of correspondence relating to the Commission on Parliamentary Reform, and review its work programme, should be taken in private at future meetings.

2.     Draft Budget Scrutiny 2017-18: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2017-18 from—

Dr John Kemp, Interim Chief Executive, and Fiona Burns, Assistant Director Access and Outcome Agreement Manager, Scottish Funding Council;

and then from—

Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, Shirley-Anne Somerville, Minister for Further Education, Higher Education and Science, Lesley Irving, Head of Equality Policy, and Leia Fitzgerald, Policy Manager, Higher Education Division, Scottish Government.

3.     Draft Budget Scrutiny 2017-18 (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received.

 

Official Report of Meeting 15 December 2016



11th Meeting, Thursday 08 December 2016

Agenda

1. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2017-18: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2017-18 from—

  • Dr Jane Balmforth, Conservatoire Counsellor & Disability Adviser, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland;
  • Carol Baverstock, Head of Student Recruitment and Admissions Service, University of Aberdeen;
  • Sheila Williams, Director of Student Disability Services, University of Edinburgh;
  • Ann Duncan, Disability Service Manager, University of Strathclyde;
  • Kirsty Knox, Assistant Head, Recruitment, Admissions and Participation Service, University of the West of Scotland.

2. Draft Budget Scrutiny 2017-18 (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received.

3. International Human Rights Day 2016: The Committee will discuss human rights priorities with teachers and students from Thornlie Primary School in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire and Westfield Primary School, West Lothian, to mark International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2016

Official Report of Meeting 8 December 2016



10th Meeting, Thursday 01 December 2016

Agenda

1.      Draft Budget Scrutiny 2017-18: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2017-18 from—

  • Mark McMillan, Employability Advisor, Deaf Action;
  • Dr. Iain Hutchison, Board Member, Disability History Scotland;
  • Professor Graham Turner, Director, Centre for Translation and Interpreting Studies in Scotland, Heriot-Watt University;
  • Lauren McDougall, Students with Disabilities Officer, Glasgow University Students’ Representative Council;
  • Rebecca Scarlett, Senior Policy and Information Officer, LEAD Scotland;
  • Christopher Wilde, Widening Access and Participation Officer, St Andrew's University Student Association.

2.     Draft Budget Scrutiny 2017-18 (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received.

Official Report of Meeting 1 December 2016



November 2016

9th Meeting, Thursday 24 November 2016

Agenda

1.     Draft Budget Scrutiny 2017-18: The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2017-18 from—

  • Russell Gunson, Member of the Commission on Widening Access and Director of IPPR Scotland;
  • Lynn Graham, Head of the Secretariat to the Commission on Widening Access.

2.     Draft Budget Scrutiny 2017-18 (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received.

Public Note: The focus of the Committee’s draft budget scrutiny is to examine public policy in the area of disabled people and British Sign Language (BSL) users applying to, and attending, Scottish universities. The public part of this Committee meeting (Item 1) will have BSL interpretation provided for people in the public gallery of Committee Room 3.   

You may also watch the public part of the Committee meeting live online on the Parliament TV website. To watch the proceedings in English, please select the broadcast feed for Committee Room 3, to watch the proceedings in BSL please select the broadcast feed for the Debating Chamber.

 

 

Official Report of Meeting 24 November 2016



8th Meeting, Thursday 10 November 2016

Agenda

  1. Bullying and harassment of children and young people in schools: The Committee will take evidence from-
  • Carol Young, Senior Policy Officer, Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights;
  • Iain Smith, Policy and Engagement Team Manager, Inclusion Scotland;
  • Cara Spence, Senior Programmes and Influencing Manager, LGBT Youth Scotland;
  • Joanna Barrett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, NSPCC Scotland/Childline Scotland;
  • Kathryn Dawson, Sexual Violence Prevention Coordinator, Rape Crisis Scotland;
  • Brian Donnelly, Chief Executive, Respect Me;
  • Jordan Daly, Co-founder, T.I.E. - Time for Inclusive Education;

and then from—

  • Dr Kay Tisdall, Professor of Childhood Policy and Co-Director, Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, University of Edinburgh;
  • Bill Ramsay, Convener of the Equality Committee, The Educational Institute of Scotland (EIS);
  • Dr Rowena Arshad, Head, Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh;
  • Dr Gillean McCluskey, Scottish Council of Deans of Education.

2.    Bullying and harassment of children and young people in schools (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received.

Official Report of Meeting 10 November 2016



7th Meeting, Thursday 03 November 2016

Agenda

Departure of the UK from the European Union - implications for equalities and human rights: The Committee will take evidence from—

Lynn Welsh, Head of Legal in Scotland, Equality and Human Rights Commission;

Judith Robertson, Chair, Scottish Human Rights Commission;

and then from—

Dr Tobias Lock, Senior Lecturer in EU Law, and Dr Cormac Mac Amhlaigh, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Edinburgh;

Prof Muriel Robison, Lecturer in Law, University of Glasgow;

Prof Nicole Busby, Professor of Labour Law, University of Strathclyde

2.     Departure of the UK from the European Union - implications for equalities and human rights (in private): The Committee will consider the evidence received.

Official Report of Meeting 3 November 2016



October 2016

6th Meeting, Thursday 27 October 2016

Agenda item 

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

 



5th Meeting, Thursday 06 October 2016

Agenda--

1.     Decision on taking business in private 

2.     Work programme

3.     Work programme

4.     Departure of the UK from the European Union - implications for equalities and human rights

5.     Bullying and harassment of children and young people in schools

6.     International Human Rights Day 2016

7.     Draft Budget Scrutiny 2017-18

 

Official Report of Meeting 6 October 2016



September 2016

4th Meeting, Thursday 22 September 2016

Agenda

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

2.     Work programme: The Committee will consider its approach to developing its work programme by taking oral evidence, in round table format, from—

  • Derek Young, Senior Policy Officer, Age Scotland;
  • Danny Boyle, Parliamentary and Policy Officer, BEMIS;
  • Emma Ritch, Executive Director, Engender;
  • Tim Hopkins, Director, Equality Network;
  • Carole Ewart, Scotland Officer, The Jimmy Reid Foundation;
  • Iain Burke, Council Member, Law Society of Scotland;
  • Jamie Szymkowiak, Founder, The One in Five Campaign;
  • Matthew Lancashire, Director of Business Development, Remploy;
  • Jamie Alexander O'Neill, Projects Manager, Roshni;
  • Janis McDonald, Chief Officer, Scottish Council on Deafness;
  • Gary Christie, Head of Policy and Communications, Scottish Refugee Council;
  • Megan Crawford, Chair, Scottish Secular Society;
  • She-Kei Wan, MSYP for Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish Youth Parliament.

3.       Work programme: The Committee will consider evidence received as part of the development of its work programme.

Official Report of Meeting 22 September 2016



3rd Meeting, Thursday 08 September 2016

Official Report of Meeting 8 September 2016

Agenda

Agenda Item 1.    Decision on taking business in private: The Committee will decide whether to take item 4 in private.

Agenda Item 2. Work programme: The Committee will consider its approach to developing its work programme by taking oral evidence, in round table format, from-—

  • Praveen Khan, Health and Social Care Policy Officer, CEMVO Scotland;
  • Jatin Haria, Executive Director, CRER Scotland;
  • Alastair Pringle, National Director, Equality and Human Rights Commission Scotland;
  • Gordon MacRae, Chief Executive, Humanist Society Scotland;
  • Bill Scott, Head of Policy, Inclusion Scotland;
  • Superintendent Davie Duncan, National Licensing and Violence Reduction Division, Police Scotland;
  • Rania Qusassi, Lead Youth Worker, Saheliya;
  • Morven Brooks, Deputy Manager, Scottish Disability Equality Forum;
  • Colin Macfarlane, Director, Stonewall Scotland;
  • Helen Martin, Assistant Secretary, STUC;
  • Mary Alexander, Deputy Regional Secretary, Scotland, Unite the Union;
  • Juliet Harris, Director, Together - Scottish Alliance for Children's Rights.

Agenda Item 3. Appointment of European Union Reporter: The Committee will appoint a member to serve as its European Union Reporter.

Agenda Item 4. Work programme: The Committee will consider evidence received as part of the development of its work programme.



June 2016

2nd Meeting, Thursday 30 June 2016

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

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

2. Work programme: The Committee will take evidence as part of its approach to developing its work programme from—

Angela Constance, Cabinet Secretary for Communities, Social Security and Equalities, and Yvonne Strachan, Head of Equality, Human Rights and Third Sector Directorate, Scottish Government.

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

Official Report of Meeting 30 June 2016



1st Meeting, Thursday 16 June 2016

Declaration of interests

Choice of Convener

Choice of Deputy Convener

Work programme (possibly in private)

Official Report of Meeting 16 June 2016



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