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ERD/S2/06/12/M

12th Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)

Wednesday 19 April 2006

Present:

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

Also present:  Eleanor Scott

The meeting opened at 10.09 am.

1. Crofting Reform etc. Bill: The Committee took evidence at Stage 1 from—

Panel 1

Mike Watson, Crofting Reform etc. Bill Manager, Scottish Executive;
Shane Rankin, Crofting Reform etc. Bill Leader, Scottish Executive;
Aileen Imrie and Ethel Burt, Solicitors, Legal and Parliamentary Services, Scottish Executive;

Panel 2

Derek Flyn, crofting lawyer, Consultant with Macleod & MacCallum, Solicitors, Inverness;
Brian Wilson;
Professor Jim Hunter;

Panel 3

Hughie Donaldson, Director, Scottish Crofting Foundation;
Andy Robertson, Chief Executive, NFU Scotland; and
Ian Cairns, Area Consultant for Lewis and Harris, Scottish Agricultural College.

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

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/151); and

the Products of Animal Origin (Third Country Imports) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/156).

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

3. Work Programme: The Committee considered its future work programme and—

  • noted the likely time commitments arising from scrutiny of primary legislation;
  • agreed to consider detailed options for scrutiny of the Scottish Executive’s 2007-08 budget at a future meeting;
  • noted that petition 799 from the Community of Arran Seabed Trust on proposals for marine protection in Lamlash Bay had been referred to the Committee and agreed to consider it after taking evidence at Stage 1 on the Crofting Reform etc. Bill is complete;
  • agreed to take oral evidence from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development in June on various EU issues, including priorities for the Finnish presidency, and on the position in regard to Avian Influenza;
  • agreed to consider options for further follow-up work on climate change at a future meeting;
  • agreed to consider how to proceed with its inquiry on the food supply chain after taking evidence at Stage 1 on the Crofting Reform etc. Bill is complete;
  • agreed to consider options for follow-up work on sustainable development at a future meeting;
  • agreed to take evidence from the Minister for Environment and Rural Development on the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003 Annual Report after taking evidence for Stage 1 of the Crofting Reform etc Bill is complete, and to invite written submissions in advance of that; and
  • agreed to consider holding a Committee away day this summer and to consider detailed options at a future meeting.

The meeting closed at 1:52 pm. 

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee