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6th Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)

Wednesday 22 February 2006


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

Apologies were received from Mr Alasdair Morrison.

The meeting opened at 10.06 am.

1. Food Supply Chain Inquiry (in private): The Committee considered the evidence received to date on this inquiry and agreed to write to the Office of Fair Trading and the UK Government Minister responsible for competition on a number of issues raised during the inquiry. The Committee agreed to consider how to proceed with the inquiry after receiving their replies.

2. Inquiry into developments in the biomass industry: The Committee took evidence from—

Panel 1

Hugh Raven, Commissioner, Sustainable Development Commission Scotland;
Jeremy Sainsbury and Fergus Tickell, members of the biomass study group, Forum for Renewable Energy Development in Scotland (FREDS);

Panel 2

Chris Inglis, Executive Director, Forestry and Timber Association;
Steve Luker, Consultant to the Scottish Forest Industries Cluster; and
Stuart Goodall, Head of Policy, Confederation of Forest Industries.

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

the Potatoes Originating in Egypt (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/27).

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

The meeting closed at 12:41 pm.


Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee