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ERD/S2/06/27/M

27th Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)

Wednesday 27 September 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. Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill: The Committee took evidence at Stage 1 from—

David Ford, Aquaculture and Fisheries Bill Team Leader;

David Dunkley, Head of Freshwater Fisheries Policy;

Phil Gilmour, Head of Aquaculture Policy;

Dave Wyman, Head of Fish Health and Welfare Policy; and

Russell Hunter, Office of the Solicitor, Scottish Executive;

and then from—

Dr Rodney Wootten, Institute of Aquaculture;

Dr Alastair Stephen, Institute of Fisheries Management; and

Arthur Griffiths MRVCS, Chair of SEERAD Gyrodactylus salaris Task Force.

2. Subordinate legislation: Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development, moved motion S2M-4835—

that the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the draft Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2006 be approved.

After debate, the motion was agreed to.

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

the TSE (Scotland) Amendment (No.3) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/430);

the Cereal Seed (Scotland) and Fodder Plant Seed (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/448);

the Plant Protection Products (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations (SSI 2006/449);

the Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/450); and

the Pig Carcase (Grading) Amendment (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/451).

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

4. Environmental Levy on Plastic Bags (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee considered a draft supplementary Stage 1 report. The Committee agreed the report and arrangements for its publication.

The meeting closed at 12.13 pm. 

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee