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ERD/S2/04/27/M

27th Meeting, 2004 (Session 2)

Wednesday 10 November 2004

Present:

Sarah Boyack (Convener)

Karen Gillon

Richard Lochhead

Nora Radcliffe

Rob Gibson

Alex Johnstone

Maureen Macmillan

Mr Mark Ruskell (Deputy Convener)

Apologies: Mr Alasdair Morrison

The meeting opened at 11.03 am.

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

the Genetically Modified Organisms (Traceability and Labelling) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/438);

the Genetically Modified Organisms (Deliberate Release) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/439);

the Plant Health (Great Britain) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2004 (SSI 2004/440); and

the Avian Influenza (Survey Powers) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/453).

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—

noted the likely timeframes for undertaking work in relation to the Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill and other forthcoming Executive legislation;

agreed to seek an informal briefing from Executive officials on statutory instruments associated with the implementation of CAP reform, and further agreed to take oral evidence from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development when it considers the first of these instruments;

noted the likely time commitments arising from referral of other business such as subordinate legislation, petitions and budget scrutiny;

agreed to combine the next Convener’s update on EU issues with taking oral evidence from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development on the Luxembourg Presidency of the EU;

noted that the Executive response to the Committee’s research report on sustainable development is due by 22 November and agreed to take oral evidence from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development in relation to this in early December 2004;

agreed to take oral evidence on fisheries from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development in advance of the December 2004 Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the EU;

deferred making any decision on a Committee away day until a later date; and

agreed in principle to undertake an inquiry into climate change during January/February 2005 and an inquiry into rural development during May/June 2005, and agreed to consider detailed proposals for these inquiries at later meetings.

3. Budget process 2005-06 (in private): The Committee considered and agreed a draft report.

The meeting closed at 11.34 am.

Mark Brough

Acting Clerk to the Committee