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ERD/S2/05/34/M

34th Meeting, 2005 (Session 2)

Wednesday 21 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 10.20 am.

1. Items in private: The Committee agreed to take Item 4 in private. The Committee also agreed to consider the evidence received to date on the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill in private at its next meeting and to consider a draft Stage 1 report on the Bill in private at future meetings.

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

Panel 1
Alex Hogg, Chairman, Scottish Gamekeepers’ Association;
Dr Colin Shedden, Director, British Association for Shooting and Conservation;
Douglas Batchelor, Chief Executive, League Against Cruel Sports;
Hugh Rose, Scottish Secretary, British Deer Society;

Panel 2
Gillian Bain, Senior Animal Health and Welfare Officer, (Highland Council) COSLA;
Stuart Shearlaw, Senior Animal Health and Welfare Inspector, Central Scotland Police Animal Health and Welfare Department;
Alan Stewart, Wildlife and Environment Officer, (Tayside Police) Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland;
Superintendent Mike Flynn, Scottish SPCA; and
Mark Fuchter, Head of the Prohibitions and Restrictions Policy Group, HM Revenue and Customs.

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

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/599);

the Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/614); and

the Smoke Control Areas (Exempt Fireplaces) (Scotland) Order 2005, (SSI 2005/615).

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 issues raised in discussion.

4. Work programme (in private): The Committee considered its future work programme and agreed its approach to a short inquiry on the food supply chain. The Committee also agreed to delegate to the Convener authority to approve any claims under the witness expenses scheme arising from both this inquiry and the inquiry on developments in the biomass industry.

The meeting closed at 12.40 pm.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee