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29th Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)

Tuesday 24 October 2006


Sarah Boyack (Convener)
Rob Gibson
Mr Alasdair Morrison
Eleanor Scott (Deputy Convener)

Mr Ted Brocklebank
Richard Lochhead
Nora Radcliffe
Elaine Smith

Apologies were received from Maureen Macmillan. 

The meeting opened at 2.05 pm. 

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

Graham Hutcheon, Chairperson of the Environment Committee, Malt Distillers Association of Scotland;

Dr Alastair Stephen, Ecological Adviser, Association of Electricity Producers;

Mike Dales, Access and Environment Officer, Scottish Canoe Association; and

William Shearer, Consultant, Salmon Net Fishing Association of Scotland;

and then from—

Dawn Purchase, Mariculture Officer, Marine Conservation Society;

Libby Anderson, Policy Director, Advocates for Animals; and

John Thomson, Director of Strategy and Operations (West), Scottish Natural Heritage.

2. Budget process 2007-08: The Committee took evidence on the Executive’s Draft Budget 2007-08 from—

Campbell Gemmell, Chief Executive, Calum MacDonald, Director of Environmental and Organisational Development, Colin Bayes, Director of Environmental Protection and Improvement and John Ford, Director of Finance and Corporate Services, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

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

the Environmental Noise (Scotland) Regulations 2006 (SSI 2006/465); and

the Plant Health (Scotland) Amendment Order 2006 (SSI 2006/474).

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

4. Decision on taking business in private:

The meeting closed at 4.40 pm.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee