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10th Meeting, 2004 (Session 2)

Wednesday 31 March 2004

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Sarah Boyack (Convener)

Rob Gibson

Karen Gillon

Alex Johnstone

Maureen Macmillan

Nora Radcliffe

Eleanor Scott (Deputy Convener)


Apologies: Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Alasdair Morrison.

The meeting opened at 10.31 am.

1. Inquiry into the implementation of CAP Reform: The Committee took evidence from-

John McAllion, Trade Campaigner, Oxfam in Scotland;

Jim Walker, Chairman, Quality Meat Scotland; and

Fraser Scott, Operations Manager, Farmcare Ltd.

2. Renewable energy in Scotland: The Committee agreed that the Convener should write to the Convener of the Enterprise and Culture Committee raising a number of issues relevant to its inquiry into renewable energy in Scotland.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee considered the following negative instruments-

the Rural Stewardship Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/109);

the Tribunals and Inquiries (Dairy Produce Quota Tribunal) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/119); and

the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSSI 2004/128).

The Committee agreed, being content with the instruments, to make no recommendations to the Parliament.

4. Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 - Annual report to the Parliament 2003: The Committee took evidence from Allan Wilson MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development, on this report.

5. Annual report: The Committee agreed its annual report for 2003 - 2004.

The meeting closed at 12.27 pm.

Tracey Hawe

Clerk to the Committee