ERD/S2/03/13/M

 
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ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE

MINUTES

13th Meeting, 2003 (Session 2)

Wednesday 26 November 2003

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Present:

Sarah Boyack (Convener)

Rob Gibson

Karen Gillon

Alex Johnstone

Maureen Macmillan

Jim Mather (Committee Substitute)

Nora Radcliffe

Eleanor Scott (Deputy Convener)

Apologies: Roseanna Cunningham, Mr Alasdair Morrison

The meeting opened at 10.15 am.

1. Subordinate legislation: The Committee considered the following affirmative instruments-

the Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Grants) (Scotland) Amendment Scheme 2003 (SSI 2003/518)

the Mink Keeping (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/528).

Allan Wilson MSP (Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development) moved-

motion S2M-607 in the name of Ross Finnie MSP-That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Grants) (Scotland) Amendment Scheme 2003 (SSI 2003/518) be approved; and

motion S2M-608 in the name Ross Finnie MSP-That the Environment and Rural Development Committee recommends that the Mink Keeping (Scotland) Order 2003 (SSI 2003/528) be approved.

After debate, the motions were agreed to.

2. Nature Conservation (Scotland) Bill: The Committee took evidence at Stage 1 from-

Ian Jardine, Chief Executive, Jeff Watson, Director of Strategy and Operations (North) and Alan Hampson, National Strategy Officer, Scottish Natural Heritage

Ross Finnie MSP, Minister for Environment and Rural Development.

The Committee agreed to consider a draft Stage 1 report in private at its next meeting, and to consider any subsequent drafts in private at future meetings.

The meeting closed at 1.35 pm.

Tracey Hawe

Clerk to the Committee