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ERD/S2/04/28/M

28th Meeting, 2004 (Session 2)

Wednesday 24 November 2004

Present:

Sarah Boyack (Convener)
Alex Johnstone
Maureen Macmillan
Nora Radcliffe

Rob Gibson
Richard Lochhead
Mr Alasdair Morrison
Mr Mark Ruskell (Deputy Convener)

Apologies: Karen Gillon

The meeting opened at 10.02 am.

  1. Water Services etc.( Scotland) Bill: The Committee took evidence on changes to the Bill proposed by the Minister for Environment and Rural Development, from—

Panel 1

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

Panel 2

Professor Alan Alexander, Chair, Scottish Water;

Dr Jon Hargreaves, Chief Executive, Scottish Water;

Cheryl Black, Customer Service Director, Scottish Water; and

Panel 3

Alan Sutherland, Water Industry Commissioner for Scotland;

Ian Smith, Convener, Water Customer Consultation Panels;

Dr John Sawkins, Deputy Convener, South East Customer Consultation Panel.

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

    the draft Agricultural Holdings (Right to Buy Modifications) ( Scotland) Regulations 2004.

Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development, moved—

motion S2M-1973 in the name of Ross Finnie MSP— That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Agricultural Holdings (Right to Buy Modifications) ( Scotland) Regulations 2004 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

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

    the Marketing of Fruit Plant Material Amendment ( Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/471);

    the Nature Conservation (Designation of Relevant Regulatory Authorities) ( Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/474); and

    the Conservation (Natural Habitats, &c.) Amendment ( Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/475).

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

The meeting closed at 11.39 am.

 

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee