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ERD/S2/06/17/M

17th Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)

Wednesday 17 May 2006

Present:

Sarah Boyack (Convener)
Rob Gibson
Mr Alasdair Morrison
Mr Mark Ruskell (Deputy Convener)

Mr Ted Brocklebank
Maureen Macmillan
Nora Radcliffe

Apologies were received from Richard Lochhead and Elaine Smith.

Also present: Mr John Swinney.

The meeting opened at 10.05 am.

  1. Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003: The Committee considered the Water Environment and Water Services (Scotland) Act 2003: Annual Report to the Scottish Parliament – 2005, and took evidence from

    Rhona Brankin MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development, and Joyce Carr, Water Framework Directive Team, Scottish Executive.

  2. Subordinate legislation: The Committee considered the following affirmative instrument—

    the draft Private Water Supplies (Notices) (Scotland) Regulations 2006.

    Rhona Brankin MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development, moved motion S2M-4300—

    That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Private Water Supplies (Notices) (Scotland) Regulations 2006 be approved.

    After debate, the motion was agreed to by division:

  3. For 5, Against 1, Abstentions 0.

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

    the Private Water Supplies (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/209);

    the Private Water Supplies (Grants) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/210);

    the Land Management Contracts (Menu Scheme) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/213); and

    the Croft House Grant (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/214),

    and took evidence from Bob Perrett, Head of Crofting Branch, Scottish Executive, on SSI 2006/214.

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

    The Committee also agreed to write to the Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development seeking further information on a point raised during consideration of SSI 2006/214.

  5. Crofting Reform etc. Bill (in private): The Committee considered its approach to its Stage 1 report, and agreed to take further evidence on the Executive’s proposed amendment on the ‘proper occupier’ concept.

The meeting closed at 12.27 pm.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee