Given the wide ranging remit of the Committee, it has agreed that it might be best for some issues to be initially explored by a smaller group of Members. The sub group would then report back with recommendations of whether or not the full Committee should take any further action or inquiry.
In September 2016, the Committee agreed to establish a sub group to consider the issue of deposit return schemes (DRS) in Scotland with a view to considering how the Committee might wish to incorporate work on this topic into its wider work programme. The group consists of:
Maurice Golden MSP (Deputy Convener)
Kate Forbes MSP
Angus MacDonald MSP
The Committee considered a proposed course of action suggested by the sub group at its meeting on 22 November 2016.
The Committee agreed that the sub group would engage informally with a range of relevant stakeholders on DRS before reporting back to the Committee with any proposals for further work on this issue. The Committee also wrote to the Scottish Government seeking an update on its work in relation to DRS in Scotland.
The sub group is currently undertaking this informal exploratory work and will report back to the Committee in due course.