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19th Meeting, 2004 (Session 2)

Thursday 9 September 2004

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Sarah Boyack (Convener)

Roseanna Cunningham

Karen Gillon

Rob Gibson

Alex Johnston

Mr Alasdair Morrison

Maureen Macmillan

Nora Radcliffe

Mr Mark Ruskell (Deputy Convener)


The meeting opened at 10.01 am.

1. Item in private: The Committee agreed to take item 6 in private.

2. Declaration of interests: The new member of the Committee (Mr Mark Ruskell) made a declaration of relevant interests.

3. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee agreed Mr Mark Ruskell as its new Deputy Convener.

4. Water Services etc. ( Scotland) Bill: The Committee took evidence at Stage 1 from—

Panel 1

Dr John Sawkins, Senior Lecturer in Economics, Heriot-Watt University;

Ian Jones, Chairman, Quayle Munro Holdings plc;

Alan Thomson, Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management;

Panel 2

Ian Duff, Chief Economist, Scottish Council for Development and Industry;

John Downie, Parliamentary Officer, Federation of Small Businesses in Scotland;

Bill Anderson, Campaigns Manager, Forum of Private Business, Scotland; and

Panel 3

Alan Barclay, General Manager – Port Dundas Whisky, Diageo;

Dr Ray Mountford, Commercial Development Manager, BP Grangemouth;

David Calder, Head of Manufacturing, Ciba Speciality Chemicals.

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

the Waste Management Licensing Amendment ( Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/275); and

the Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) ( Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/289).

The Committee agreed, being content with instrument SSI 2004/275, to make no recommendation to the Parliament.

The Committee noted correspondence from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development in relation to instrument SSI 2004/89, and noted that a further instrument has been laid which revokes and replaces SSI 2004/89. The Committee noted that it would consider this new instrument in due course.

6. Research into Sustainable Development (in private): The Committee considered a draft research report. The Committee agreed the report and also agreed arrangements for the publication and launch of the report. The Committee further agreed to seek a formal response from the Executive in relation to the report.

The meeting closed at 12.48 pm.

Tracey Hawe

Clerk to the Committee