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5th Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)

Wednesday 8 February 2006


Sarah Boyack (Convener)
Rob Gibson
Maureen Macmillan 
Nora Radcliffe
Elaine Smith

Mr Ted Brocklebank
Richard Lochhead
Mr Alasdair Morrison
Mr Mark Ruskell (Deputy Convener)

Also present: Alex Fergusson

The meeting opened at 11.04 am.

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

    the Older Cattle (Disposal) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/4)

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

  2. Public petitions: The Committee considered the following petitions—

    Petition PE 653 on issues relating to the Scottish Agricultural College. The Committee noted the development of the business plan of the Scottish Agricultural College and agreed to formally close the petition;

    Petition PE 749 on the spreading of sewage sludge to agricultural land. The Committee noted the launch of Scottish Water’s consultation on a National Sludge Strategy and Strategic Environmental Assessment. The Committee agreed to consider the petition again following the conclusion of the consultation; and

    Petition PE 804 on control over the Scottish fishing industry. The Committee considered correspondence from the European and External Relations Committee. The Committee agreed, by division, not to consider the petition, but to forward details of previous committee work on fisheries issues to the European and External Relations Committee for information: For: 7, Against: 1, Abstentions: 0.

  3. Food Supply Chain Inquiry: The Committee took evidence from—

    Ross Finnie, MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development; and

    Allan Wilson, MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning.

  4. Food Supply Chain Inquiry: The Committee agreed to consider the evidence received to date on the inquiry in private at its next meeting.

The meeting closed at 12:42 pm.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee