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7th Meeting, 2009 (Session 3)

Tuesday 24 February 2009


Rob Gibson Charlie Gordon
Alex Johnstone Alison McInnes
Des McNulty Cathy Peattie (Deputy Convener)
Shirley-Anne Somerville

Apologies were received from Patrick Harvie (Convener).

The meeting opened at 2.01 pm.

1. Climate Change (Scotland) Bill: The Committee took evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Ken Gibb, Chair, Sustainable Scotland Network;

Councillor Alison Hay, Spokesperson for Regeneration and Sustainable Development, and Anil Gupta, Team Leader for Environment and Regeneration, COSLA;

John Stocks, Manager, Scotland, Carbon Trust;

Mike Thornton, Director, Scotland, Energy Saving Trust;

Chas Booth, Senior Press and Parliamentary Officer, Association for the Conservation of Energy;

Stephen Boyd, Assistant Secretary, STUC;

Anne Douglas, National Secretary, Prospect.

2. PE1181: The Committee considered a Petition by Helena Coxshall calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to make representations to the UK Government about the cost of fuel in the Western Isles and other rural areas of Scotland which are now amongst the most expensive places in the world to buy petrol or diesel; to highlight in particular the refusal of the UK Government to introduce measures similar to those operating in France which reduce the tax on fuel in very remote areas; to protest at the serious consequences which high fuel prices have for fishermen, motorists and businesses in island and rural areas and to request parity with mainland city prices.

The Committee agreed to write to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth on issues raised during discussion.

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

the Scottish Road Works Register (Prescribed Fees) Regulations 2009 (SSI2009/26)

and agreed to make no recommendation in relation to the instrument.

4. Inquiry into the potential benefits of high-speed rail services (in private): The Committee agreed the draft report subject to minor amendments.

The meeting closed at 5.07 pm.

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