ERD/S2/04/11/M

 
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ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

MINUTES

11th Meeting, 2004 (Session 2)

Wednesday 21 April 2004

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Present:

Sarah Boyack (Convener)

Karen Gillon

Maureen Macmillan

Nora Radcliffe

Rob Gibson

Alex Johnstone

Mr Alasdair Morrison

Eleanor Scott (Deputy Convener)

Apologies: Roseanna Cunningham.

Also Present: Susan Deacon.

The meeting opened at 10.32 am.

1. Petitions: The Committee considered the following petitions—

PE517 and PE645 on control of odours from waste water treatment works. The Committee considered further correspondence from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development. Following discussion, the Committee agreed to seek oral evidence from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development and the Minister for Communities in relation to the issues raised by the petitions.

PE604 on the regulation of greyhound sport. The Committee noted a response from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development. The Committee welcomed the positive response of the Minister, and noted that the Scottish Executive has subsequently published a consultation document on the forthcoming Protection of Animals Bill which seeks responses on the welfare of greyhounds.

2. European issues: The Committee considered an update from the Convener on European issues and agreed to write to the Minister seeking further information on the implementation of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. The Committee also agreed to seek further information on the results of the Scottish Executive’s consultation on the introduction of Regional Advisory Councils for fisheries management.

3. Inquiry into the implementation of CAP Reform: The Committee took evidence from Allan Wilson MSP (Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development).

4. Budget process 2005-06: The Committee took evidence from Allan Wilson MSP (Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development) and agreed to follow up a number of issues by correspondence.

5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee considered the following negative instruments—

the Special Waste Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/112); and

the Dairy Produce Quotas (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/118).

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

The meeting closed at 12.45 pm.

Tracey Hawe
Clerk to the Committee