Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee


About The Committee


This Committee's work focused on agriculture, fisheries, rural development, climate change, the environment and other matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food & the Environment.

The Committee held its last scheduled meeting on 9 March 2016.

Previous meeting papers can be found on the meetings page section of the website.

Current Business

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

Timetable for consideration of the Bill (updated Thursday 18 February 2016)

Stage 3

The RACCE Committee completed Stage 2 consideration of the Land Reform (Scotland) Bill on Wednesday 10 February 2016. Amendments considered and disposed of by the Committee are recorded in the minutes of the meetings of 20 January, 27 January, 3 February and 10 February.

An As Amended version of the Bill, showing all of the amendments made at Stage 2 is now available. 

The Bill has now progressed to Stage 3 consideration. Parliament will consider Stage 3 amendments on 16 March 2016.  Details are published in the Parliamentary Business Bulletin. The Committee will publish further details on Stage 3 proceedings on its Twitter feed: @SP_RuralClimate


Stage 2 consideration

The Committee considered the Bill at Stage 2 between 20 January and 10 February 2016.

Read the Stage 2 evidence on the Bill


Stage 1 evidence

Wednesday 2 September  

Scottish Government Bill Team

Monday 7 September

Land Reform (Meeting  held at the Aros Centre, Portree, Isle of Skye. )

Wednesday 16 September

Agricultural Holdings

Wednesday 30 September

Deer and Sporting Rates

Wednesday 7 October

Human rights

Monday 2 November

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Food and Environment and Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform (external meeting in Dumfries)

In addition the Committee has undertaken several fact finding visits around the country to learn more from people on local issues.  The Committee visited:

  • Fife - 14 September 2015
  • Islay and Jura - 20-21 September 2015
  • Borders - 28 September 2015
  • Registers of Scotland - 6 October 2015

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee

6th Report, 2016 (Session 4): Legacy Paper

Keep up to date

Contact us

Clerk: Lynn Tullis
Senior Assistant Clerk: Nick Hawthorne


0131 348 5051

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