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Chamber and committees

Meeting date: Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee 17 November 2020

Agenda: Decision on Taking Business in Private, Scottish Parliament Environmental Performance and Climate Emergency Response, European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, Subordinate Legislation


Subordinate Legislation

Water and Sewerage Services Undertaking (Borrowing) (Scotland) Order 2020 ) (SSI 2020/341)

The Convener

Item 4 is consideration of a negative instrument. Do members want to comment or make any recommendations on the instrument?

Mark Ruskell

I welcome the instrument and the increased flexibility that Business Stream will have as a result. However, I suggest that, the next time that Scottish Water is in front of the committee, it might be worth asking it to report on the use of those borrowing powers in relation to the business aspect of the group. It would be useful for us to get a greater understanding of how the state utility is working with the privatised element of its group and how the borrowing power is working.

The Convener

We will note that suggestion for the next time that Scottish Water is in front of the committee.

I see that there are no further comments from members on the instruments.

That concludes the public part of our meeting. At our next meeting, on 24 November, we will consider amendments at stage 2 of the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) (Scotland) Bill.


Meeting continued in private until 10:47.