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ERD/S2/06/28/M

28th Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)

Wednesday 4 October 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 9.43 am.

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

Andrew Grant, Independent Veterinary Consultant, Fish Veterinary Society; and

Professor Sheila Crispin, President, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons;

and then from—

Andy Rosie, Area Manager for Highlands, Islands and Argyll and Bute, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA);

Ian Pritchard, Head of Scottish Marine Estate, the Crown Estate; and

Dr Ron Stagg, Deputy Chief Executive, Fisheries Research Service;

and then from—

Doug MacLeod, Chairman, Association of Scottish Shellfish Growers;

Sid Patten, Chief Executive, Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation;

Richard Slaski, Executive Director, Federation of Scottish Aquaculture Producers; and

Angus MacMillan, West Minch Salmon Ltd, organic salmon producer;

and then from—

George Hamilton, Natural Resources Manager, Highland Council;

Peter Middleton, Fisheries and Marine Resources Officer, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar; and

Audrey Martin, Senior Planning/Development Officer, Argyll and Bute Council.

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

the Water Services and Sewerage Services Licences (Scotland) Order 2006 (SSI 2006/464); and

the Environmental Noise (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/465).

The Committee agreed, being content with the instrument, to make no recommendation to the Parliament on SSI 2006/464. The Committee also agreed to write to the Minister for Environment and Rural Development seeking clarification on points raised during discussion of SSI 2006/465 and to consider the instrument again at its next meeting.

The meeting closed at 12.11 pm.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee