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3rd Meeting, 2004 (Session 2)

Wednesday 28 January 2004

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Sarah Boyack (Convener)

Roseanna Cunningham

Rob Gibson

Karen Gillon

Alex Johnstone

Mr Alasdair Morrison

Maureen Macmillan

Eleanor Scott (Deputy Convener)

Nora Radcliffe


Also Present: Dr Sylvia Jackson, Mark Ruskell, Allan Wilson (Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development).

The meeting opened at 10.01 am.

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

the Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Order 2003, (SSI 2003/623).

The Committee agreed, being content with the instrument, to make no recommendation to the Parliament.

2.    UK Energy Bill: Rob Gibson MSP provided the Committee with an update on the Enterprise and Culture Committee's consideration of a Sewel Motion in relation to this Bill.

3.    Renewable energy in Scotland: The Committee considered a paper providing further information on the Enterprise and Culture Committee's inquiry into renewable energy in Scotland. The Committee agreed to appoint the Convener as a reporter to keep the Committee updated on the progress of the inquiry.

4.      Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill: The Committee considered the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 14, 96, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22.

The following amendments were disagreed to by division-


  99 (For 1, Against 7, Abstentions 1)

100 (For 4, Against 5, Abstentions 0) 

95 (For 4, Against 5, Abstentions 0)

102 (For 3, Against 6, Abstentions 0)

103 (For 4, Against 5, Abstentions 0)

  97 (For 4, Against 5, Abstentions 0)


104 (For 4, Against 5, Abstentions 0)


107  (For 3, Against 6, Abstentions 0) 

Amendments 13, 15, 111 and 113 were moved and, with the agreement of the Committee, withdrawn. 

The remaining amendments were not moved or pre-empted. 

      Section 1 was agreed to without amendment.

      Sections 2 and 3 were agreed to as amended.

The Committee ended consideration of the Bill for the day, section 3 having been agreed to.

The meeting closed at 12.32 pm.


Tracey Hawe
Clerk to the Committee