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ERD/S2/06/14/M

14th Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)

Wednesday 3 May 2006

Present:

Sarah Boyack (Convener)
Rob Gibson
Mr Alasdair Morrision
Eleanor Scott (Committee substitute)
Mr Ted Brocklebank
Maureen Macmillan
Nora Radcliffe
Elaine Smith

Also present: Mr Mark Ruskell

The meeting opened at 9.38 am.

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

Panel 1

Dr Jean Balfour, Member of Crofting Group, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association;
Andrew Hamilton, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors in Scotland;
Iain Russell, CKD Galbraith and Scottish Estates Business Group;

Panel 2

Duncan Mulholland, small landholder, Arran;
Matthew Hickman, small landholder, Dumfries and Galloway;
Hamish Jack, Spey Valley Crofters Association;

Panel 3

Cameron Maxwell, Rural Development Advisor, Forestry Commission Scotland;
Councillor Drew Ratter, Shetland Islands Council;
Agnes Leask, Joint President, Shetland Area, Scottish Crofting Foundation;

Panel 4

Sir Crispin Agnew of Lochnaw, Bt, QC; and
Duncan Burd, Rural Affairs Sub-committee, Law Society of Scotland.

2. Item in private: The Committee agreed to consider a draft Stage 1 report on the Crofting Reform etc. Bill in private at all future meetings until it is agreed.

3. Subordinate legislation: The Committee considered the following draft guidance subject to annulment—

the Environmental Protection Act 1990: Part IIA Contaminated Land Statutory Guidance: Edition 2, (SE 2006/44).

The Committee agreed, being content with the draft guidance, to make no recommendation to the Parliament.

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

the Sewerage Nuisance (Code of Practice) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/155).

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

5. Annual report: The Committee agreed its annual report for the Parliamentary year from 7 May 2005 to 6 May 2006.

The meeting closed at 1.03 pm.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee