ERD/S2/04/12/M

 
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ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

MINUTES

12th Meeting, 2004 (Session 2)

Wednesday 5 May 2004

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Present:

Sarah Boyack (Convener)

Roseanna Cunningham

Rob Gibson

Karen Gillon

Alex Johnstone

Maureen Macmillan

Mr Alasdair Morrison

Nora Radcliffe

Eleanor Scott (Deputy Convener)

 

The meeting opened at 10.39 am

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

the Organic Aid (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/143); and

the Organic Aid (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/174).

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

2. Work programme: The Committee considered its forward work programme and agreed-

- to note that the Committee would be required to consider the Water Services (Scotland) Bill later in this parliamentary year, with other Executive Bills following this Bill;

- to note the likely time commitments arising from other routine or referred business such as subordinate legislation, petitions, European matters and the scrutiny of the Scottish Executive budget ;

- to invite the Minister for Environment and Rural Development to give oral evidence to the Committee in relation to an anticipated Scottish Statutory Instrument implementing the European Strategic Environmental Assessment Directive, and to also seek written evidence from relevant stakeholders in relation to the instrument;

- to seek an extension to the adviser contract in relation to Stage 2 budget scrutiny;

- to provide a response to the UK-wide government consultation on the further development of a sustainable development strategy;

- to seek a parliamentary debate on the Committee's report on the implementation of CAP reform;

- to seek an informal briefing from the Deer Commission (Scotland);

- to seek funding from the Conveners' Group for a visit to Aberdeen in conjunction with the Environmental Audit Committee of the House of Commons, subject to the agreement of a detailed programme and suitable dates for the visit;

- to request the clerks to seek information on the work programme of its corresponding committee in the Welsh Assembly and investigate the possibility of meeting with the relevant committee;

- to request further information from the clerks in relation to Committee scrutiny of cross-cutting rural development issues.

3. Inquiry into the Implementation of CAP Reform (in private): The Committee considered a draft report, and agreed a number of changes. The Committee agreed to consider a further draft report at its next meeting.

4. Budget process 2005-06 (in private): The Committee considered a draft report and agreed a number of changes. The Committee agreed to consider a further draft report at its next meeting.

The meeting closed at 12.39 pm.

Tracey Hawe

Clerk to the Committee