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17th Meeting, 2008 (Session 3)

Tuesday 23 September 2008


Rob Gibson

Charlie Gordon

Patrick Harvie (Convener)

Cathy Peattie (Deputy Convener)

David Stewart

Apologies were received from Alison McInnes, Shirley-Anne Somerville.

The meeting opened at 2.02 pm.

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

the Public Service Vehicles (Registration of Local Services) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2008 (SSI 2008/253).

The Committee agreed not to make any recommendation in relation to this instrument.

2. PE894: The Committee considered a petition by The Association of Caithness Community Councils calling for the Scottish Parliament to consider investment in infrastructure, rolling stock and timetabling as part of a strategic root and branch review of the provision of rail services between Inverness, Thurso and Wick, with unrestricted thinking on how best to shorten journey times and ensure the continuing future of the railway to these destinations. Thought should also be given to ensuring that the existing communities of the ‘Lairg loop’ are provided for.

The Committee agreed to consider the issues raised in this petition as part of its scrutiny of the Strategic Transport Projects Review and, in so doing, to close the petition.

3. Inquiry into the potential benefits of high-speed rail services - witness expenses: The Committeeagreed to delegate to the Convener responsiblity for arranging for the SPCB to pay, under Rule 12.4.3, any expenses of witnesses in the inquiry.

The meeting closed at 2.19 pm.

Steve Farrell
Clerk to the Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee
Room T3.40
The Scottish Parliament
Tel: 0131 348 5211