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ERD/S2/06/35/M

35th Meeting, 2006 (Session 2)

Wednesday 6 December 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 11.03 am.

1. Public Petition PE941:  The Committee considered petition PE941 from Frank Buckley, on behalf of the Society for the Protection of Salmon and Sea Trout, calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to ensure greater protection for the rivers, streams and lochs of Scotland, such as Loch Broom and the River Gruinard, from fish farm developments.

The Committee agreed to conclude consideration of the petition on the basis that the issues raised by it are central to the Committee’s consideration of the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill. The Committee also agreed to send a copy of the Official Report of the meeting and of the Committee’s Stage 1 report on the Bill to the petitioner.

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

the EC Fertilisers (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/543);

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/548);

the Water Environment (Controlled Activities) (Third Party Representations etc.) (Scotland) Regulations 2006, (SSI 2006/553); and

the Water Environment (Relevant Enactments) Order 2006, (SSI 2006/554).

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

3. EU issues: The Committee took evidence on EU issues, principally the December 2006 meeting of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council and the rural development programme, from—

Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development, Ingrid Clayden, Rural Group, and Frank Strang, Sea Fisheries Conservation Division, Scottish Executive.

The meeting closed at 12.42 pm.

Mark Brough
Clerk to the Committee