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ERD/S2/05/26/M

26th Meeting, 2005 (Session 2)

Wednesday 26 October 2005

Present:

Sarah Boyack (Convener)
Rob Gibson
Maureen Macmillan 
Nora Radcliffe
Elaine Smith

Mr Ted Brocklebank
Richard Lochhead
Mr Alasdair Morrison
Mr Mark Ruskell (Deputy Convener)

The meeting opened at 10.18 am.

1. Declaration of interests: The new member of the Committee (Elaine Smith) made a declaration of interests.

2. Item in private: The Committee agreed to consider item 5 in private.

3. Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill: The Committee took evidence at Stage 1 from—

Panel 1
Barry Turner, Chairman, Carrier Bag Consortium;
Jim Pringle, Sales Manager, Mackinnon and Hay Ltd;
John Langlands, Chief Executive, British Polythene Industries plc;
Neil Young, Managing Director, Simpac Ltd;

Panel 2
Michael Longstaffe, Managing Director, Smith Anderson Packaging Ltd;
Michael Stephen, Legislative Affairs Adviser to the Board, Symphony Plastic Technologies plc; and
Karen Mackenzie, Director, BioBags (Scotland) Ltd.

4. Budget process 2006-2007: The Committee took evidence on the Executive’s Draft Budget 2006-07 from—

Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

The Minister agreed to write to the Committee with further information on a number of issues raised during discussion. The Committee agreed to consider a draft report on the Draft Budget 2006-07 in private at future meetings.

5. Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee considered its approach to the Bill at Stage 1 and agreed—

  • a programme of oral evidence;
  • to write to the Minister seeking further explanation of the need for a Sewel motion on the UK Animal Welfare Bill;
  • to write to the Minister seeking further information on equal opportunities issues;
  • to delegate to the Convener authority to approve any claims under the witness expenses scheme arising from the evidence programme.

The meeting closed at 1.03 pm.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee