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ERD/S2/05/9/M

9th Meeting, 2005 (Session 2)

Wednesday 16 March 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 10.08 am.

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

the Water Environment (Drinking Water Protected Areas) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/88);

the Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/90);

the Dairy Produce Quotas (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/91);

the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/101); and

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/109).

The Committee agreed, being content with the instruments, to make no recommendation to the Parliament. The Committee also agreed to write to the Minister for Environment and Rural Development seeking further information on issues raised during discussion in relation to the Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/90) and the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/109).

2. Item in private: The Committee agreed to discuss options for proceeding with its inquiry into rural development in private at a future meeting.

3. Inquiry into climate change (in private) : The Committee considered a draft report on its inquiry into climate change and agreed to consider a further draft at its next meeting.

The meeting closed at 12.11 pm.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee