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ERD/S2/06/23/M

23rd Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)

Wednesday 28 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 10.03 am.

1. Petition PE807: The Committee considered Petition 807 by James Mackie calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to conduct an inquiry into the influence of supermarkets in the food chain, and to examine in particular safety issues arising from the use of chemicals to extend the shelf life of products and from central purchase and distribution and the impact of supermarket trading on local economies and small producers.

The Committee agreed to conclude its consideration of the petition on the basis that it had considered the issues raised by the petition as part of its recent inquiry into the food supply chain. The Committee also agreed to refer the petition to the Health Committee for further consideration of the food safety issue.

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

the Common Agricultural Policy (Wine) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/311);

the Seed (Registration, Licensing and Enforcement) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/313);

the Plant Health (Potatoes) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/319);

the Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/335);

the Avian Influenza (Slaughter and Vaccination) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/337); and

the Sea Fishing (Restriction on Days at Sea) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/341).

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

The Committee also agreed to write to the Minister for Environment and Rural Development seeking further information on points raised during discussion of SSI 2006/319.

3. Proposed Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill: The Committee considered its approach at Stage 1, should the proposed bill be referred to it as lead committee. The Committee agreed to issue a call for written evidence, and to take evidence from Executive officials at the start of a proposed oral evidence programme. The Committee also agreed to consider detailed proposals for a programme of oral evidence in private at a future meeting.

4. 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 12.28 pm.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee