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13th Meeting, 2005 (Session 2)

Wednesday 11 May 2005


Sarah Boyack (Convener)

Rob Gibson

Alex Johnstone

Richard Lochhead

Maureen Macmillan

Mr Alasdair Morrison

Nora Radcliffe Mr Mark Ruskell (Deputy Convener)

Also present: Mr Brian Monteith.

Apologies were received from Karen Gillon.

The meeting opened at 9.45 am.

1. Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill: The Committee took evidence at Stage 1 from—

Amanda Chisholm, Strategic Environmental Assessment Team Leader, Historic Scotland;

Dr Bill Band, National Strategy Manager, Scottish Natural Heritage; and

Neil Deasley, Principal Policy Officer, Scottish Environment Protection Agency.

The Committee agreed to consider the evidence received to date at Stage 1 in private at its next meeting.

2. Annual report: The Committee agreed its annual report for the Parliamentary year 7 May 2004 to 6 May 2005.

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

the Plant Health (Import Inspection Fees) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/216); and

the Production of Bovine Collagen Intended for Human Consumption in the United Kingdom (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/218).

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

The Committee also considered the following negative instruments—

the Horse Passports (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/223); and

the Land Management Contracts (Menu Scheme) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/225).

The Committee agreed to write to the Minister for Environment and Rural Development seeking further information on points arising from the the Land Management Contracts (Menu Scheme) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/225). The Committee agreed to consider these instruments further at its next meeting.

4. Inquiry into rural development (in private): The Committee considered options for proceeding with its inquiry and agreed—

  • the remit for the inquiry;
  • the timetable and programme of evidence;
  • to authorise the Convener to finalise the list of oral witnesses;
  • to issue a news release and general call for written evidence; and
  • to delegate to the Convener the authority to approve any claims under the witness expenses scheme arising from this inquiry.

5. Inquiry into climate change (in private): The Committee considered a further draft report, agreed a number of changes and agreed the report. The Committee also agreed arrangements for the publication of the report.

The meeting closed at 11.24 am.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee