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ERD/S2/04/21/M

21st Meeting, 2004 (Session 2)

Wednesday 22 September 2004

Present:

Sarah Boyack (Convener)

Rob Gibson

Maureen Macmillan

Mr Mark Ruskell (Deputy Convener)

Karen Gillon

Alex Johnstone

Mr Alasdair Morrison

Nora Radcliffe

Apologies: Roseanna Cunningham.

The meeting opened at 10.34 am.

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

  2. Panel 1

    Jim Lugton, Policy Officer, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations;

    Trisha McAuley, Head of Corporate Resources, Scottish Consumer Council;

    Panel 2

    Ian Smith, Convener, Water Customer Consultation Panels;

    Len Scoullar, Member – North West Water Customer Consultation Panel; and

    Panel 3

    Councillor Alison Hay, Argyll and Bute Council, COSLA;

    Councillor Alan Kenney, Fife Council, COSLA;

    James Thomson, Finance Policy Manager, COSLA.

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

  4. the Plant Protection Products (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/368); and

    the Agricultural Subsidies (Appeals) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/381).

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

  5. Budget process 2005-06: The Committee noted the likely timetable for Stage 2 consideration of the 2005-06 budget and agreed to invite the Minister for Environment and Rural Development to give oral evidence to the Committee.

The meeting closed at 12.23 pm.

Tracey Hawe

Clerk to the Committe