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Chamber and committees

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee

The Committee focuses on areas including:

  • rural land use, including farming and crofting
  • food and drink supply chain
  • animal welfare and wildlife crime
  • fisheries and aquaculture
  • issues relevant to the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 (external website)

The Committee's name changed from Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee to Rural Affairs and Islands Committee on 1 February 2023. 

Next meeting

9th Meeting, 2023

Agenda: Future agriculture policy, Future agriculture policy

10:00am, 22 March 2023

T4.40-CR2 The Fairfax Somerville Room

Get in touch

If you want to get in touch, you can contact Emma Johnston, the Clerk for the committee.

Address: The Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh, EH99 1SP

Twitter: @SP_RuralAffairs

If you're appearing as a witness at a committee, take a look at our witness guide for more information.

Members

Members of the Rural Affairs and Islands Committee

Current Members

Finlay Carson

Convener

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Galloway and West Dumfries (Constituency)

Beatrice Wishart

Deputy Convener

Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats

MSP for: Shetland Islands (Constituency)

Karen Adam

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Banffshire and Buchan Coast (Constituency)

Party: Scottish National Party

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

Party: Scottish Green Party

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Jim Fairlie

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

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

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Constituency)

Jenni Minto

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Argyll and Bute (Constituency)

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: North East Scotland (Region)

Substitute Members

Emma Harper

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Liam McArthur

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats

MSP for: Orkney Islands (Constituency)

Edward Mountain

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Colin Smyth

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Committee work

Current

Previous

Future

The Committee has agreed its work programme for Jan to June 2023 – please note, this may be updated to reflect changing parliamentary business

  • Wildlife Management (Grouse) (Scotland) Bill
  • Salmon farming in Scotland, including follow up on the Session 5 Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee’s recommendations on salmon farming and Professor Griggs’s review of the current regulatory framework for Scottish aquaculture
  • Good Food Nation plans and implementation of the Good Food Nation legislation, including the creation of the Scottish Food Commission
  • Island Plan annual reports and associated funding commitments

Future agriculture policy
Inshore fisheries
Petition PE1490: Control of wild goose numbers
Petition PE1758: End greyhound racing In Scotland

Correspondence

Committee correspondence

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee

Future agriculture policy in Scotland

Supplementary submission from Unite the Union, 10 March 2023

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee

UK subordinate legislation - The Sea Fisheries (Amendment) Regulations 2023

Letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, Mairi Gougeon, 9 March 2023

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee

Future agriculture policy in Scotland

Supplementary submission from RSPB, 9 March 2023

Official Reports

Reports

Committee reports

16 March 2023

Subordinate legislation considered by the Rural Affairs and Islands Committee on 15 March 2023

This report details the Rural Affairs and Islands Committee's consideration of the Alcoholic Beverages, Fruit and Vegetables (Miscellaneous Amendment) (Scotland) Regulations 2023.

03 February 2023

Legislative consent memorandum: Shark Fins Bill

This report details the Rural Affairs and Islands Committee's consideration of the legislative consent memorandum on the Shark Fins Bill.

25 January 2023

Legislative consent memorandum: The Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill

This report details the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee's consideration of the legislative consent memorandum on the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill.

Remit

To consider and report on matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands; and on matters relating to rural land use, wildlife crime and animal welfare falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport.