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ERD/S2/04/22/M

22nd Meeting, 2004 (Session 2)

Wednesday 29 September 2004

Present:

Sarah Boyack (Convener)

Rob Gibson

Maureen Macmillan

Mr Mark Ruskell (Deputy Convener)

Karen Gillon

Alex Johnstone

Mr Alasdair Morrison

Nora Radcliffe

Also present: Fergus Ewing and John Farquhar Munro.

The meeting opened at 9.38 am.

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee considered the following negative instrument—

the Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/358).

John Farquhar Munro MSP moved motion S2M-1712—

That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that nothing further be done under the Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (Scotland) (No.2) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/358).

After debate, the motion was disagreed to by division: For 1, Against 7.

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

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

Panel 1

Alan Sutherland, Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland;

Dr John Simpson, Director of Cost and Performance, Office of the Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland;

Panel 2

Tony Smith, Director of Competition and Consumer Affairs, Office of Water Services (Ofwat);

John Banfield, Senior Inquiry Director, Competition Commission; and

Panel 3

Stuart Rolley, Senior Development Manager, Environment Team, The Coal Authority;

Stephen Hill, Development Manager, Environment Team, The Coal Authority.

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

the Oil and Fibre Plant Seed (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/317);

the Fodder Plant Seeds Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/380);

the Agricultural Wages (Permits to Infirm and Incapacitated Persons) (Repeals) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/384);

the Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Satellite Monitoring Measures) (Scotland) Revocation Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/391);

the Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Satellite Monitoring Measures) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/392); and

the Common Agricultural Policy Support Schemes (Modulation) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/398).

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

The meeting closed at 12.34 pm.

Tracey Hawe

Clerk to the Committee