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ERD/S2/05/16/M

16th Meeting, 2005 (Session 2)

Wednesday 1 June 2005

Present:

Sarah Boyack (Convener)
Alex Johnstone
Maureen Macmillan
Nora Radcliffe

Rob Gibson
Richard Lochhead
Mr Alasdair Morrison
Mr Mark Ruskell (Deputy Convener)

Apologies were received from Karen Gillon.

The meeting opened at 10.03 am.

1. Item in private: The Committee agreed to take item 3 in private.

2. European issues: The Committee considered an update from the Convener on European issues. The Committee agreed to take oral evidence before the summer recess from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development on priorities for the forthcoming UK Presidency of the EU. The Committee also agreed to seek from the Minister, prior to the oral evidence session, written information on a number of points raised during discussion.

3. Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill – UK Legislation (in private): The Committee considered its approach to scrutiny of the Scottish Executive’s proposal to see k the Parliament’s consent to the UK Parliament legislating on devolved matters in the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill. The Committee agreed to take oral evidence from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development and to seek written evidence from interested parties prior to the oral evidence session.

4. Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Bill (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 11.02 am.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee