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ERD/S2/05/32/M

32nd Meeting, 2005 (Session 2)

Wednesday 7 December 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 10.08 am.

1. Item in private: The Committee agreed to consider item 6 in private.

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

Panel 1
Professor Christopher Wathes, Chairman, Farm Animal Welfare Council;
Peter Stevenson, Political Adviser, Advocates for Animals;

Panel 2
Mike Robson, President, Scottish Branch, British Veterinary Association;
Lynne Hill, President, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons;
Dr Mark Eisler, Head of Division of Animal Health and Welfare, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh;

Panel 3  
Peter Scott, Consultant Veterinary Officer, Performing Animals Welfare Standards International;
Christopher Dickie, Secretary, Scottish Exotic Animal Society;
Matt Collis, Parliamentary Officer, International Fund for Animal Welfare; and
David Windmill, Chief Executive, Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

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

the Plant Health Fees (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/555); and

the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/569).

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 to seek further clarification on the position in relation to the publication of payments under the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme on an individual basis. 

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

the draft Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2005

Rhona Brankin MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development, moved motion S2M-3563

That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Contaminated Land (Scotland) Regulations 2005 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

5. Animal Welfare Bill – UK Legislation: The Committee considered a memorandum from the Scottish Executive on the Animal Welfare Bill, currently under consideration in the UK Parliament, and took evidence from—

Rhona Brankin MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

6. Animal Welfare Bill – UK Legislation (in private): The Committee considered the evidence received.

The Committee divided on a proposal by the Convener:

That the Committee agrees to recommend to the Parliament that it consents to the issues being dealt with by the UK Parliament.

The proposal was agreed to by division: For 7, Against 0, Abstentions 2

For: Sarah Boyack, Mr Ted Brocklebank, Maureen Macmillan, Mr Alasdair Morrison, Nora Radcliffe, Mr Mark Ruskell, Elaine Smith

Abstentions: Rob Gibson, Richard Lochhead.

The Committee agreed its report.

The meeting closed at 12.46 pm.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee