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ERD/S2/04/29/M

29th Meeting, 2004 (Session 2)

Wednesday 8 December 2004

Present:

Sarah Boyack (Convener)
Karen Gillon
Richard Lochhead
Mr Alasdair Morrison
Mr Mark Ruskell (Deputy Convener)

Rob Gibson
Alex Johnstone
Maureen Macmillan
Nora Radcliffe

Also present: Mr Jamie McGrigor

The meeting opened at 10.01 am.

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

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

  3. the Plant Health (Phytophthora ramorum) (Scotland) Order 2004, (SSI 2004/488); and

    the Sea Fish (Marketing Standards) (Scotland) Regulations 2004, (SSI 2004/498).

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

  4. Subordinate legislation: The Committee considered the following draft guidance—

  5. The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Sustainable Development, Statutory Guidance to SEPA made under Section 31 of the Environment Act 1995, (SE/2004/257).

    The Committee agreed to make no recommendation to the Parliament, but to forward a copy of the Official Report of the meeting to the Minister for Environment and Rural Development, drawing his attention to issues raised by the Committee.

  6. Water Services etc. (Scotland) Bill: The Committee considered the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 1).

  7. The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18.

    Section 1, schedule 1, and sections 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 were agreed to without amendment.

    Sections 4, 5 and 6, and schedule 2 were agreed to as amended.

    Amendment 2A was not moved.

    The Committee ended consideration of the Bill for the day, schedule 2 having been agreed to.

  8. December 2004 Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the EU: The Committee took evidence from Ross Finnie MSP (Minister for Environment and Rural Development) on fisheries issues to be considered at the December 2004 meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the EU.

  9. Inquiry into climate change (in private): The Committee considered its approach to the inquiry and agreed—

    • the remit for the inquiry;

    • to issue a news release and general call for written evidence;

    • the programme of evidence and timetable;

    • to seek an oral briefing from the Scottish Executive in advance of the inquiry;

    • to authorise the Convener to explore the possibilities of supplementing the call for evidence with a web forum; and

    • to delegate to the Convener the authority to approve any claims under the witness expenses scheme arising from this inquiry.

The meeting closed at 12.26 pm.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee