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ERD/S2/05/21/M

21st Meeting, 2005 (Session 2)

Thursday 8 September 2005

Present:

Sarah Boyack (Convener)
Rob Gibson
Maureen Macmillan
Mr Mark Ruskell (Deputy Convener)
Mr Ted Brocklebank
Richard Lochhead
Nora Radcliffe

Apologies were received from Mr Alasdair Morrison and Elaine Smith.

The meeting opened at 3.32 pm.

1. Declaration of interests: The new member of the Committee (Mr Ted Brocklebank) declared no relevant interests.

2. Items in private: The Committee agreed to take item 5 in private and to consider a draft report on its rural development inquiry in private at future meetings.

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

the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (Variation of Schedule) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/308);

the Genetically Modified Organisms (Transboundary Movements) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/316);

the Financial Assistance for Environmental Purposes (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/324);

and considered a response from the Scottish Executive to points raised on the instruments at the Committee’s meeting on 28 June 2005.

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 clarification on a number of points raised during discussion.

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

the Sea Fishing (Enforcement of Community Quota and Third Country Fishing Measures) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/311);

the Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Imports) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/323);

the Cereal Seed (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/328);

the Fodder Plant Seed (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/329);

the Pollution Prevention and Control (Scotland) Amendment (No.2) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/340).

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 a number of points raised during discussion.

5. Rural development inquiry (in private): The Committee considered evidence received to date for this inquiry and agreed to consider a draft report at a future meeting.

The meeting closed at 4.14 pm.  

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee