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Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill

The Bill allows the Scottish Government to provide assistance to farming and rural communities.

The Bill is at Stage 3


Contents


Stage 1 - General principles

Committees examine the Bill and gather views. They produce reports before MSPs debate the Bill in the Chamber. MSPs then decide on the purpose (“general principles”) of the Bill.

The Bill ended Stage 1 on 27 March 2024

Committee Examination

The lead committee for this Bill is the Rural Affairs and Islands Committee

Find out more about this committee

Your views

Views were gathered on the Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill.

The call for views closed on 24 November 2023.

View responses to the call for views

Timetable

The timetable that the committee followed while examining the Bill at Stage 1

Stage 1 deadline

On 29 November 2023, Parliament agreed motion S6M-11479, that consideration of the Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill at stage 1 be completed by 29 March 2024.

Committee meetings
27 November
  • Fact finding visit to SRUC Hill and Mountain Research Centre, Crianlarich
29 November
  • Evidence from the Scottish Government bill team
6 December
  • Roundtable focusing on the adoption and use of sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices
13 December
  • Roundtable focusing on the production of high-quality food
20 December
  • Roundtable focusing on on-farm nature restoration, climate mitigation and adaptation
31 January
  • Roundtable focusing on enabling rural communities to thrive
21 February
  • Evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands

Who spoke to the lead committee in the Parliament

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Meeting on 29 November 2023
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Meeting on 6 December 2023
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Meeting on 13 December 2023
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Meeting on 20 December 2023
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Meeting on 31 January 2024
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Meeting on 21 February 2024
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Engagement

Other ways the committee heard views and experiences

On the 19 February, the Rural Affairs and Islands Committee hosted 37 land managers and community representatives from across Scotland to help inform its scrutiny of the Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill.

Correspondence

Committee correspondence sent and received while the Bill progressed through Parliament

Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill

Letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands, Mairi Gougeon, 23 May 2024

Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Scottish Government response to the Stage 1 Report

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands, Mairi Gougeon, 26 March 2024

Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) screening

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands, Mairi Gougeon, 19 March 2024

Read all the correspondence received on this Bill

Committee report

The lead committee published its stage 1 report on 18 March 2024.

Stage 1 report on the Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill

The lead committee received the following response to its Stage 1 Report on 26 March 2024.

Letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands

Debate

MSPs debate the purpose (“general principles”) of the Bill.

Meeting on 27 March 2024

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Vote

MSPs vote on the general principles of the Bill.

Meeting on 27 March 2024

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Motion ref. S6M-12111

Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill: Financial Resolution

  • Submitted by: Shona Robison, Dundee City East, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Monday, 12 February 2024
  • Motion reference: S6M-12111
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, 27 March 2024

Result 89 for, 0 against, 31 abstained, 9 did not vote Vote Passed

Motion ref. S6M-12640

Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill

  • Submitted by: Mairi Gougeon, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party.
  • Date lodged: Monday, 25 March 2024
  • Motion reference: S6M-12640
  • Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, 27 March 2024

MSPs agreed that this Bill could continue