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ERD/S2/05/15/M

15th Meeting, 2005 (Session 2)

Wednesday 25 May 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

Also present: Jackie Baillie

The meeting opened at 9.48 am.

1. Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003: The Committee considered the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003: Annual Report to the Scottish Parliament – 2004, and took evidence from —

Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

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

the draft Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 .

Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development, moved motion S2M-2748 —

That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to by division : For 6, Against 3.

The Committee also agreed to take evidence at a suitable future date on the implementation of the Regulations, and to request further information from the Deputy Minister on continued discussions with interested bodies on a number of issues raised during debate.

3. Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee considered a draft Stage 1 report. A number of changes were proposed and agreed to, one by division. The Committee also agreed to consider a further draft at its next meeting.

The meeting closed at 12.52 pm.  

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee