EC/S2/04/14/M

 
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ENTERPRISE AND CULTURE COMMITTEE

MINUTES

14th Meeting, 2004 (Session 2)

Tuesday 4 May 2004

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Present:

 

Brian Adam

Mr Richard Baker

Chris Ballance

Susan Deacon

Murdo Fraser

Christine May

Alasdair Morgan (Convener)

Jamie Stone

Mike Watson (Deputy Convener)

 

The meeting opened at 2.01 pm

1. Item in private: the Committee agreed to take Item 3 in private.

2. Broadband in Scotland: the Committee took evidence from Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning, on its inquiry into Broadband in Scotland. The Minister agreed to provide the Committee with details of the consultation launched by the Department of Trade and Industry on assessing the potential future bandwith needs in the UK up to 2010.

3. Broadband in Scotland (in private): the Committee considered an outline for its report on Broadband in Scotland. The Committee agreed to consider a full draft report in private in due course.

4. Scottish Executive Budget 2005-06 (in private): the Committee considered an outline for its report on the Scottish Executive budget. The Committee agreed to consider a full draft report in private session as its next meeting.

5. Work programme (in private): the Committee considered its work programme for the period May to December 2004. The Committee:

noted the areas of activity which are due to be completed by the summer recess;

noted that up to two Executive bills are likely to be introduced in September which will leave modest capacity for other work of the Committee;

agreed to consider future activity on business development once commissioned research has been received, and in light of the outcome of the Business in the Parliament event;

agreed to undertake an inquiry into community arts and agreed a draft remit for such an inquiry;

agreed to carry forward work on the Area Tourist Board Review, the Bank of England and fiscal policy; and

agreed to hold an away day to consider its long-term programme for 2004/05, and authorised the Convener to seek any approvals necessary.

The meeting closed at 4.07 pm

Simon Watkins

Clerk to the Committee