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ERD/S2/06/31/M

31st Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)

Wednesday 8 November 2006

Present:

Mr Ted Brocklebank
Richard Lochhead
Nora Radcliffe
Elaine Smith

Rob Gibson
Maureen Macmillan
Eleanor Scott (Deputy Convener)

Apologies were received from Sarah Boyack (Convener) and Mr Alasdair Morrison.

The meeting opened at 10.14 am.

1. Budget process 2007-08 (in private): The Committee considered a draft report to the Finance Committee on the Executive’s Draft Budget 2007-08. The Committee made specified changes and agreed to consider a further draft at its next meeting.

2. Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee considered the evidence received to date, in order to inform the drafting of its report on the Bill at Stage 1.

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

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

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

the Inshore Fishing (Prohibition of Fishing for Cockles) (Scotland) (No. 3) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/487); and

the Sea Fishing (Northern Hake Stock) (Scotland) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/505).

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

The meeting closed at 12.42pm.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee