ERD/S2/03/08/M

 
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ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

MINUTES

8th Meeting, 2003 (Session 2)

Wednesday 8 October 2003

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Present:

Sarah Boyack (Convener)

Roseanna Cunningham

Mr Rob Gibson

Karen Gillon

Alex Johnstone

Maureen Macmillan

Mr Alasdair Morrison

Eleanor Scott (Deputy Convener)

Apologies: Nora Radcliffe

The meeting opened at 10.00 am.

1. Item in private: The Committee agreed to consider item 4 in private.

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

the Air Quality Limit Values (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/428)

the Smoke Control Area (Exempt Fireplaces) (Scotland) Order 2003, (SSI 2003/436)

the Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/445).

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

3. Petitions: The Committee considered petitions PE246, PE462, PE463 and PE464 on the procedure for the designation of Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Special Protection Areas and Special Areas of Conservation. The Committee noted its decision at its meeting on 10 September to consider issues raised by the petitions as part of its Stage 1 scrutiny of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill. The Committee agreed to conclude its formal consideration of the petitions by writing to the petitioners inviting them to submit written evidence at Stage 1, both on the questions raised in the open call for evidence, and also on the extent to which they believe the changes proposed by the Bill address the issues of general principle raised by their petitions. The Committee agreed to continue consideration of the general issues raised by the petitions during the Stage 1 scrutiny of the Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill.

4. Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill (in private): The Committee considered and agreed a programme of evidence for its Stage 1 consideration of the Bill. The Committee also agreed the terms of a call for written evidence on the Bill, and agreed to delegate to the Convener authority to approve any claims under the witness expenses scheme arising from this programme of evidence.

The meeting was suspended from 10.40 am until 11.32 am.

5. Budget process 2004-05: The Committee heard evidence from Ross Finnie MSP (Minister for Environment and Rural Development). The Committee agreed that Scottish Executive officials should liaise with the Committee in relation to a number of follow up points arising from the evidence. The Committee agreed to consider a draft report on the Scottish Executive 2004-05 budget in private at its next meeting, and to consider any subsequent drafts in private at future meetings.

6. National Waste Plan inquiry: The Committee heard evidence from Ross Finnie MSP (Minister for Environment and Rural Development). The Committee agreed to consider a draft report on the inquiry in private at its next meeting, and to consider any subsequent drafts in private at future meetings.

The meeting closed at 1.27 pm.

Tracey Hawe
Clerk to the Committee