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ERD/S2/06/10/M

10th Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)

Wednesday 22 March 2006

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)

Also present: Rhona Brankin (Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development), John  Farquhar Munro, Dr Elaine Murray and Mr John Swinney.

The meeting opened at 9.32 am.

1. Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Bill: The Committee considered the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2).

The following amendments were agreed to (without division): 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 59, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 76, 77  and 78.

The following amendments were agreed to (by division):

121 (For 5, Against 4, Abstentions 0)
129 (For 8, Against 1, Abstentions 0)
130 (For 8, Against 1, Abstentions 0)
131 (For 8, Against 1, Abstentions 0)

The following amendments were disagreed (by division):

122 (For 3, Against 6, Abstentions 0)
124 (For 2, Against 5, Abstentions 2)
153 (For 3, Against 6, Abstentions 0)
131A (For 1, Against 8, Abstentions 0)

Amendments 119, 102, 161 and 9 were moved and, with the agreement of the Committee, withdrawn.

The following amendments were not moved: 120, 8, 123, 103, 3, 131B, 131C, 131D and 154.

Amendment 126 (and therefore also amendment 126A) was pre-empted by amendment 129.

Sections 12, 13, 14, 16, 17, 19 and 20 were agreed to without amendment.

Sections 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 15 and 18 were agreed to as amended.

The Committee ended consideration for the day, amendment 9 having been disposed of.

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

the Seeds (Fees) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/70);

the Water Services Charges (Billing and Collection) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/71); and

the Water and Sewerage Charges (Exemption and Reduction) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/72).

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

3. Scottish Water: The Committee took evidence on issues relating to the governance of Scottish Water from—

Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

4. Finance Committee inquiry into accountability and governance: The Committee considered correspondence from the Finance Committee on its inquiry into the accountability and governance of parliamentary commissioners and ombudsmen. The Committee agreed to write to the Finance Committee highlighting issues raised during its consideration of the Water Services etc (Scotland) Bill and its scrutiny of the governance of Scottish Water.

5. Inquiry into developments in the biomass industry (in private): The Committee considered and agreed a draft report and agreed arrangements for its publication.

The meeting closed at 12:49 pm.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee