4th Meeting, 2003 (Session 1)

Tuesday 18 February 2003



Bruce Crawford

Robin Harper

Angus MacKay

Maureen Macmillan

Fiona McLeod

Bristow Muldoon (Convener)

John Scott

Elaine Thomson

Also present: Dorothy-Grace Elder.

Apologies were received from Nora Radcliffe.


The meeting opened at 9.50 am.


1. Telecoms Developments (in private): The Committee considered possible lines of questioning for witnesses.

2. Items in private: The Committee agreed to take agenda item 8 in private.

3. Telecoms Developments: The Committee took evidence from–

    Douglas Murray, Secretary, Association of Scottish Community Councils

    Timothy Parker, Depute Secretary, Church of Scotland General Trustees

    Findlay Turner, Member, Scottish Churches Committee

    Graham U’ren, Director, Royal Town Planning Institute in Scotland

    Nigel Hooper, Planning Manager, East Dunbartonshire Council

    David Banford, Area Plannng Manager (Nithsdale), Dumfries and Galloway Council.

    4. Subordinate legislation: Allan Wilson (Deputy Minister for Environment and Rural Development) moved motion S1M-3895—

      that the Transport and the Environment Committee recommends that the Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Grants) (Scotland) Scheme 2003, (SSI 2003/52) be approved.

      The motion was agreed to without division.

      5. Subordinate legislation: The Committee considered the following negative instrument—

      the Action Programme for Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (Scotland) Regulations 2003, (SSI 2003/51).

      The Committee had nothing to report on the instrument.

      6. Highlands and Islands Ferry Services: The Committee considered the Scottish Executive’s response to a paper from the reporters on the draft service specification for Highlands and Islands Ferry Services. The Committee agreed to write to the Deputy Minister for Enterprise, Transport and Lifelong Learning on issues relating to the Gourock–Dunoon ferry route arising from the Executive’s response. The Committee also agreed to incorporate issues arising from the Highlands and Islands Ferry Services inquiry within its legacy paper.

      7. Petition PE 377: Polluting Activities in Built-up Areas: The Committee considered responses from the Scottish Executive, SEPA and CoSLA to a paper from the reporter on the petition. The Committee agreed to consider a draft report in private at its next meeting.

      8. Telecoms Developments (in private): The Committee considered the evidence taken on telecoms developments and agreed to consider a paper at its next meeting.


      The meeting closed at 12.49 pm.

        Callum Thomson
        Clerk to the Committee