Items in private: The Committee agreed to take agenda item 7 in private.
2. Building (Scotland)
Bill: The Committee considered the Bill at Stage 2 (Day 2).
following amendments were agreed to without division: 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62,
63, 64, 65, 66, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102,
103, 67, 68, 69, 70, 104, 71, 72, 73, 74, 75, 105, 76, 77, 78, 79, 106
107 was moved and, with the agreement of the Committee, withdrawn.
amendments were not moved.
Sections 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30, schedule 4,
sections 31, 33, 35 and 36, schedule 5, sections 39, 40, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48,
49, 52 and 53, schedule 6, section 54 and the long title were agreed to without
Sections 24 and 26, schedule 3, sections 28, 32, 34, 37, 38,
41, 43, 50 and 51 were agreed to as amended.
The Committee completed Stage
2 consideration of the Bill.
3. Subordinate Legislation: The
Committee considered the following negative instruments
Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2002 (SSI,
The Removal and Disposal of Vehicles Amendment (Scotland)
Regulations 2002 (SSI, 2002/538).
The Committee had nothing to report
on the instruments but agreed to write to the Scottish Executive to seek clarification
on a matter arising from SSI 2002/527.
Legislation: The Committee considered the following affirmative instrument
The Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers
etc.) Order 2003 (draft).
The Committee had nothing to report to the
lead Committee. The Committee however agreed to write to the Scottish Executive
to seek clarification on a matter arising from the instrument, and that this response
should be provided to the lead Committee and copied to the Transport and the Environment
Committee in advance of the lead Committees consideration of the instrument.
5. Public Petitions: The Committee considered the following
PE 346 and PE 369. The Committee
considered a letter from the Minister for Health and Community Care in response
to correspondence from the Committee relating to petition PE 346 by
Scotland Opposing Opencast and petition PE 369 by the Confederation
of UK Coal Producers. The Committee agreed to conclude its consideration of the
petitions by referring the aspects of the petition relating to public health to
the Health and Community Care Committee, and that all relevant correspondence
and documents should be made available to that Committee.
PE 430 and PE 454. The Committee considered letters from CoSLA and Sportscotland
in response to correspondence from the Committee on issues relating to petitions
PE 422 by Mr James Docherty on protection for school playing fields, PE 430
by Mrs M Glendinning on the sale of school playing fields and PE 454
by Mr Peter Watson on the sale of playing fields. The Committee agreed
to seek clarification on the Executives position on the protection offered
in England and Wales by section 77 of the Schools Standards and Framework Act
1988. The Committee also agreed to write to the Executive highlighting various
points raised in the correspondence from Sportscotland.
by Mrs Anne-Marie Glashan on planning procedures for telecommunications developments.
The Committee agreed to invite the Public Petitions Committee to refer formally
the petition to the Committee. The Committee also agreed to consider the petition
as part of its forthcoming examination of telecommunications developments.
508 by Mr Philip Graves on the implementation of Environmental Impact
Assessments and PAN 58 guidelines. The Committee agreed to raise the issues highlighted
in the petition with the Minister for Social Justice and the Scottish Executive
Chief Planner at a forthcoming briefing on planning issues.
517 by Mr Rob Kirkwood on environmental and planning issues relating
to water treatment plants. The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Executive
to seek its view on a number of issues arising from the petition. The Committee
also noted that following receipt of this response it would be open to the Committee
to refer the petition to the Public Petitions Committee so that it can be reallocated
to a future Committee at the start of the next parliamentary session.
Rail Inquiry: The Committee agreed a motion for the proposed debate at
a meeting of the Parliament on the Committees report on the rail industry
7. Telecommunications Developments
(in private): The Committee considered a paper from the Parliaments
Information Centre on a possible approach to the Committees examination
of developments following the publication of its report into telecommunications
developments in 2001. The Committee agreed a programme of evidence-taking as part
of its examination of telecommunications developments.
The meeting closed at 11.50 am.