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ERD/S2/05/1/M

ENVIRONMENT AND COMMITTEE

MINUTES

1st Meeting, 2005 (Session 2)

Wednesday 12 January 2005

Present:

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

Rob Gibson
Alex Johnstone
Maureen Macmillan
Nora Radcliffe

The meeting opened at 10.34 am.

  1. Inquiry into rural development (in private): The Committee considered a draft programme for the inquiry and agreed—
  • to undertake the inquiry in two phases, with the first phase consisting of small groups of members conducting preparatory work in different rural communities throughout Scotland to assess the priority issues for further detailed inquiry and the second phase following up these issues in a formal evidence programme;
  • a remit for phase one, including that the inquiry be described as "securing the future for rural communities";
  • the format for these phase one visits;
  • to develop detailed plans for phase two of the inquiry following the completion of phase one visits; and
  • to issue an open call for written evidence at the commencement of phase two of the inquiry.
  1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee considered the following negative instruments—

    the Common Agricultural Policy Schemes (Cross-Compliance) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/518); and

    the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/520)

    and took evidence from Ross Finnie MSP (Minister for Environment and Rural Development).

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

  2. Subordinate legislation: Ross Finnie MSP (Minister for Environment and Rural Development) moved S2M-2197—That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Waste (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.
  3. The motion was agreed to.

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

the Water Environment (Register of Protected Areas) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/516); and

the Salmonella in Laying Flocks (Sampling Powers) (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (SSI 2004/536).

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

The Committee further agreed to write to the Minister for Environment and Rural Development to seek clarification on how regulation may impact on the international competitiveness of the Scottish egg production industry.

The meeting closed at 12.47 pm.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee