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ERD/S2/06/21/M

21st Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)

Wednesday 14 June 2006

Present:

Sarah Boyack (Convener)
Rob Gibson
Maureen Macmillan
Nora Radcliffe
Elaine Smith

Mr Ted Brocklebank
Richard Lochhead
Mr Alasdair Morrison
Eleanor Scott (Deputy Convener)

The meeting opened at 9.34 am.

  1. Declaration of interests: The new member of the Committee, Eleanor Scott, declared interests as a member of WWF Scotland and Friends of the Earth Scotland.

  2. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee chose Eleanor Scott as its Deputy Convener.

  3. Crofting Reform etc. Bill: The Committee took evidence at Stage 1 on the Scottish Executive’s proposed ‘proper occupier’ amendment from—

    Professor Jim Hunter;

    Derek Flyn, crofting lawyer, Consultant with Macleod & MacCallum, Solicitors, Inverness;

    Simon Fraser, solicitor, Anderson MacArthur & Co., Stornoway;

    Norman Leask, Chairman, Donald Murdie, Land Use Projects Manager, and John MacKintosh, Member of Crofting Reform Working Group, Scottish Crofting Foundation;

    Johnnie Mackenzie, Chairman of Crofting Group, Scottish Rural Property and Business Association;

    Iain Turnbull, Property Manager for Balmacara Estate, National Trust for Scotland; and

    David Green, Chairman, Crofters Commission.

  4. Crofting Reform etc. Bill: The Committee took evidence at Stage 1 on the Scottish Executive’s proposed ‘proper occupier’ amendment from—

    Rhona Brankin MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development;

    Shane Rankin, Bill Team Leader; and

    Ethel Burt, Senior Principal Legal Officer, Legal and Parliamentary Team, Scottish Executive.

  5. Subordinate legislation: Rhona Brankin MSP, Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development, moved motion S2M-4487—

    that the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Scotland Act 1998 (River Tweed) Order 2006 be approved.

    After debate, the motion was agreed to.

  6. Crofting Reform etc. Bill (in private): The Committee considered a draft Stage 1 report and agreed to continue its consideration at its next meeting.

The meeting closed at 1.00 pm.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee