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ERD/S2/05/33/M

33rd Meeting, 2005 (Session 2)

Wednesday 14 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 10.11 am.

  1. Item in private: The Committee agreed to take Item 5 in private.

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

    Panel 1

    Lou Leather, Chairman, Pet Advisory Committee;

    Janet Nunn, Chief Executive, Pet Care Trust;

    Helene Mauchlen, Scottish Development Officer, British Horse Society;

    Diarmid MacLean, Manager, Scottish Sea Life Sanctuary;

    Panel 2
    Joseph Holmes, Honorary Veterinary Surgeon, Council for Docked Breeds;

    Chris Laurence, Veterinary Director, Dogs Trust; and

    Holly Lee, Public Affairs Officer, Scottish Kennel Club.

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

    the Protection of Water Against Agricultural Nitrate Pollution (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/593).

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

  4. December 2005 Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the EU: The Committee took evidence from Ross Finnie MSP (Minister for Environment and Rural Development) on the December 2005 meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council of the EU and related agricultural and fisheries issues.

  5. Work programme (in private): The Committee considered its future work programme and agreed—

    • its approach to a short inquiry on biomass
    • to consider further its approach to a proposed inquiry on the food supply chain at its next meeting
    • that the Convener should continue to discuss options for examining energy policy with the Convener of the Enterprise and Culture Committee
    • to note the lodging of a draft proposal for a Cairngorms National Park Boundaries (Scotland) Bill.

The meeting closed at 12.58 pm.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee