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Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee

The Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee was established in June 2021. It focuses on areas including:

  • farming
  • food and drink supply,
  • animal welfare,
  • fisheries and aquaculture,
  • crofting
  • issues relevant to the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 (external website)

Next meeting

14th Meeting, 2021

09:00am, 08 December 2021

T4.40-CR2 The Fairfax Somerville Room

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Tagh raon-ama Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee

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Carson, Finlay

Finlay Carson

Convener

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Galloway and West Dumfries (Constituency)

Wishart, Beatrice

Beatrice Wishart

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats

MSP for: Shetland Islands (Constituency)

Adam, Karen

Karen Adam

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Banffshire and Buchan Coast (Constituency)

Allan, Dr Alasdair

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Constituency)

Burgess, Ariane

Party: Scottish Green Party

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Fairlie, Jim

Jim Fairlie

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Perthshire South and Kinross-shire (Constituency)

Hamilton, Rachael

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Constituency)

Minto, Jenni

Jenni Minto

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Argyll and Bute (Constituency)

Villalba, Mercedes

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: North East Scotland (Region)

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Harper, Emma

Emma Harper

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

McArthur, Liam

Liam McArthur

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats

MSP for: Orkney Islands (Constituency)

Mountain, Edward

Edward Mountain

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Smyth, Colin

Colin Smyth

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

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Summary of work programme – agreed 27 October 2021 

General

  • Climate and Nature emergencies – evidence sessions Nov/Dec 2021
  • Biodiversity strategy – impact on RAI remit
  • Natural environment bill - TBC
  • NPF4 – Dec/Jan 2021/22

Land use

  • Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill
  • Inquiry into future agriculture and land based policy
  • Deer/grouse moor management and legislation – TBC 
  • Agriculture bill – 2023 TBC
  • Land reform bill - TBC 

Fisheries and aquaculture

  • Review of regulation of fish farms
  • Joint Fisheries Statement
  • Inquiry into blue economy 

Food and drink

  • Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill/good food plans 

Animal welfare

  • Animal Welfare (Kept Animals) Bill – LCM
  • Wildlife crime annual reports
  • Scottish vetinerary service legislation – TBC  

Islands (Scotland) Act 2018

  • Annual reports and report on the operation of the Act; and
  • Associated funding commitments. 

Please note this work programme will be reviewed at regular intervals and does not preclude additional scrutiny being undertaken, where agreed by the Committee.

Correspondence

Committee correspondence

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee

UK subordinate legislation - The Wine (Amendment) Regulations 2021, revised notification

Letter from Mairi Gougeon, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands MSP, to the Convener on 30 November 2021

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Post EU-exit policy and UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Continuity) Act 2020

Letter from the Convener to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Mairi Gougeon, and the Cabinet Secretary for Constitution, External Affairs and Culture, Angus Robertson, on 25 November 2021

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee

UK subordinate legislation - The Wine (Amendment) Regulations 2021

Letter from Mairi Gougeon, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands MSP, to the Convener on 11 November 2021

Remit

To consider and report on matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands.