ERD/S2/04/02/M

 
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ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

MINUTES

2nd Meeting, 2004 (Session 2)

Wednesday 14 January 2004

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Present:

Sarah Boyack (Convener)

Roseanna Cunningham

Rob Gibson

Alex Johnstone

Maureen Macmillan

Nora Radcliffe

Mr Alasdair Morrison

Eleanor Scott (Deputy Convener)

Apologies: Karen Gillon.

Also present: Mr Ted Brocklebank, Richard Lochhead.

The meeting opened at 11.01 am.

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee considered the following negative instrument—

the End-of-Life Vehicles (Storage and Treatment) (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/593).

The Committee agreed to seek clarification from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development on a number of implementation issues relating to the Regulations. On this basis, the Committee agreed, being content with the instrument, to make no recommendation to the Parliament.

2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee considered the following affirmative instrument—

the Solvent Emissions (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (draft).

Allan Wilson MSP (Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development) moved—

S2M-751 in the name of Ross Finnie MSP—That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Solvent Emissions (Scotland) Regulations 2004 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

3. Work programme: The Committee considered its forward work programme and agreed—

• to seek an informal briefing from Scottish Executive and Scottish Water officials, prior to undertaking formal Stage 1 scrutiny of the proposed Water Services (Scotland) Bill;

• to seek an oral briefing from the consultants who are undertaking external research into sustainable development on behalf of the Committee, once the initial findings of this research are available;

• to appoint a reporter, Rob Gibson MSP, to attend the Enterprise and Culture Committee during its consideration of a Sewel Motion on the UK Energy Bill;

• to seek further information regarding the Enterprise and Culture Committee’s inquiry into Renewable Energy;

• to invite the Minister for Environment and Rural Development to give evidence to the Committee on the implementation of CAP Reform and the review of the Rural Development Plan in Scotland; and

• to seek evidence from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development, together with Scottish Executive and Scottish Water officials, in relation to the Annual Report to Parliament on the implementation of the Water Environment and Water Services Act 2003.

4. European issues: The Committee took evidence from Ross Finnie MSP (Minister for Environment and Rural Development) and Allan Wilson MSP (Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development) on—

• the proposed new regulatory regime for chemicals (REACH);

• the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive; and

• the outcome of the December Agriculture and Fisheries Council.

The Committee agreed to follow up questions regarding the new Regulation for sheep and goat tagging, the proposed Regulation for animal transport, and the proposed Batteries Directive in correspondence with the Minister, prior to taking further evidence on European issues in late February.

The meeting closed at 1.40 pm.

Tracey Hawe
Clerk to the Committee