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ERD/S2/05/30/M

30th Meeting, 2005 (Session 2)

Wednesday 23 November 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 10.39 am.

  1. Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill: The Committee took evidence at Stage 1 from—

    Panel 1

    Mike Radford, Reader in Animal Welfare Law, School of Law, University of Aberdeen;

    Panel 2

    Brian Hosie, Group Services Manager, Scottish Agricultural College Veterinary Service;

    Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, Scientific Director and Chief Executive, Moredun Research Institute; and

    Derick McIntosh, Head of Veterinary Services (Scotland), State Veterinary Service.

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

    the Avian Influenza (Preventive Measures) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/530); and

    the Avian Influenza (Preventive Measures in Zoos) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/531),

    and took evidence from Neil Ritchie, Head of Animal Health and Welfare Strategy Branch, Scottish Executive.

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

  3. Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee considered a draft Stage 1 report and agreed to consider a further draft at its next meeting.

The meeting closed at 12.27 pm.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee