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2nd Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)

Wednesday 18 January 2005


Sarah Boyack (Convener)
Rob Gibson
Maureen Macmillan 
Mr Mark Ruskell (Deputy Convener)
Mr Ted Brocklebank
Richard Lochhead
Mr Alasdair Morrison
Elaine Smith

Apologies were received from Nora Radcliffe

The meeting opened at 10.07 am.

1. Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee considered a draft Stage 1 report and agreed to consider a further draft at its next meeting.

2. Austrian Presidency of the European Union and the priorities of the Scottish Executive: The Committee took evidence on the priorities of the Scottish Executive as they relate to the Environment and Rural Development portfolio from—

Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development

The Minister agreed to write to the Committee on a number of points raised during evidence.

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

the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2005 (SSI 2005/624); and
the Transport of Animals (Cleansing and Disinfection) (Scotland) Regulations 2005, (SSI 2005/653).

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

4. Work Programme: The Committee considered its future work programme and noted that environmental interests will be included in the Stage 1 evidence programme planned by the Communities Committee on the Planning etc. (Scotland) Bill. The Committee agreed to write to the Minister for Communities and the Communities Committee advising them of evidence the Committee has previously taken on the interaction of crofting and planning law.

The meeting closed at 12.49 pm. 

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee