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1st Meeting, Session 2 (2003)

Wednesday 11 June 2003

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Brian Adam

Mr Richard Baker

Chris Ballance

Susan Deacon

Murdo Fraser

Christine May

Alasdair Morgan

Mr Jamie Stone

Mike Watson


The meeting opened at 9.17 am.

1. Declaration of interest: The oldest member present, Alasdair Morgan, invited members to declare any relevant interests. Alasdair Morgan declared that he was a member of the Saltire Society. Mike Watson declared that he was a Life Peer and a member of AMICUS-MSF trade union. Murdo Fraser declared that he was a member of the Law Society of Scotland. Christine May declared that she was a member of the Transport and General Workers' Union, currently a member of the European Union Committee of the Regions and a Trustee of the Fife Historic Buildings Trust; and that she was a former Board member of Scottish Homes, Scottish Enterprise, the Kingdom of Fife Tourist Board and Rosyth 2000, subsequently Rosyth Regeneration Limited, and former Chair of the Lowland Scotland Objective 3 European Partnership Ltd. Brian Adam declared that he had a number of small shareholdings, all too small to require registration, but that if any were relevant to the Committee's business he would declare them; and that he was a member of the Scottish Parliament and Business Exchange. Susan Deacon declared that she was a member of the Transport and General Workers' Union and a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. Chris Ballance declared that, until June 2003, he would be a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Glasgow; that he was a playwright; that he was a self-employed partner in Byre Books; that he was an unremunerated director of Wigtown Booktown Development Company and Chair of the Wigtown Booktown Literary Festival; that he was on the Executive of the Writers' Guild of Great Britain, a member of the Scottish Society of Playwrights, and a member of Equity. Mr Jamie Stone declared that he had an interest in 47 acres of land in Tain, Ross-shire; that he had shares in Highland Fine Cheeses Limited and Highland Fine Houses Limited; that he was an unpaid Director of Highland Fine Houses Limited, Highland Fine Celtic Foods Limited, the Board of Grey Coast Theatre Limited and the Scottish Parliament and Business Exchange; that he was a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a former Director of the Highland Festival and the Highland Building Preservation Trust. Mr Richard Baker declared that he was a member of AMICUS-MSF union.

2. Choice of Convener: The Committee chose Alasdair Morgan as its Convener.

3. Choice of Deputy Convener: The Committee chose Mike Watson as its Deputy Convener.

4. Legacy Paper: The Committee considered its predecessor committees' legacy papers. Members agreed to hold an awayday towards the end of August to discuss the Committee's future work programme. The Committee further agreed that its first inquiry would examine future funding of higher education in Scotland, in light of the proposals contained in the UK White Paper 'The Future of Higher Education'. Members decided to agree the remit by consultation following the meeting, with a view to issuing a call for evidence before the summer recess.

The meeting closed at 9.45 am.

Simon Watkins
Clerk to the Committee