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8th Meeting, 2004 (Session 2)

Tuesday 9th March 2004

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Brian Adam

Mr Richard Baker

Chris Ballance

Murdo Fraser

Christine May

Alasdair Morgan (Convener)

Mr Jamie Stone

Mike Watson (Deputy Convener)

Apologies were received from Susan Deacon

The meeting opened at 2.01 pm

  1. Item in private: the Committee agreed to take agenda item 4 in private.
  2. Broadband in Scotland: the Committee took evidence from:

    Panel 1

    Scottish Enterprise

    David Gass, Chief Executive, Scottish Enterprise Borders;

    Charlie Watt, Senior Director E-Business, Scottish Enterprise;

    Highlands and Islands Enterprise

    Stuart Robertson, Senior Development Manager (Telecommunications);

    Alison Wilson, Senior Development Manager (Broadband Marketing);

    Scottish Enterprise undertook to provide the Committee with further information on the business parks included in the Atlas project.

    Panel 2

    Federation of Small Businesses

    John Downie, Scottish Parliamentary Officer;

    Forum for Private Business

    Chic McSherry, Managing Director, PROSYS Business Solutions Ltd;

    Scottish Chambers of Commerce

    Jim Speirs, Chief Executive, Ayrshire Chambers of Commerce;

    Douglas Miller, Chief Executive, Lanarkshire Chambers of Commerce;

    on its inquiry on Broadband in Scotland.

  3. Subordinate legislation: Lewis Macdonald MSP, Deputy Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning moved motion S2M-968 -

    that the Enterprise and Culture Committee recommends that the draft Renewables Obligation (Scotland) Order 2004 be approved.

    After debate, the motion was agreed to.

    The meeting was suspended from 3.51 pm to 3.58 pm.
  4. Committee work programme (in private): the Committee considered its work programme and agreed to consider a revised work programme at a future meeting.

The meeting closed at 4.25 pm

Judith Evans

Clerk to the Committee (Acting)