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Chamber and committees

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee

The Committee focuses on areas including:

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

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

7th Meeting, 2024

Agenda: Agriculture and Rural Communities (Scotland) Bill

09:00am, 06 March 2024

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

Phone: 0131 348 5985 Find out about call charges.

X (previously known as 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)

Party: Scottish National Party

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

Party: Scottish Green Party

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Kate Forbes

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch (Constituency)

Rhoda Grant

Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Constituency)

Emma Harper

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Elena Whitham

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley (Constituency)

Substitute Members

Jamie Halcro Johnston

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Liam McArthur

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats

MSP for: Orkney Islands (Constituency)

Mark Ruskell

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Green Party

MSP for: Mid Scotland and Fife (Region)

Mercedes Villalba

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: North East Scotland (Region)

Committee work

Current

Previous

Future

The Committee has agreed its work programme. Please note, this may be updated to reflect changing parliamentary business

Implementation of the Good Food Nation (Scotland) Act 2022

Inshore fisheries

Petition PE1490: Control of wild goose numbers 

Salmon Farming in Scotland

Correspondence

Committee correspondence

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee

UK subordinate legislation - Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Act 2023 (Revocation) Regulations 2024

Letter to the Minister for Energy, Just Transition and Fair Work, Gillian Martin MSP, 29 February 2024

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee

UK subordinate legislation - Official Controls (Fees and Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 2024

Letter to the Minister for Energy, Just Transition and Fair Work, Gillian Martin, 21 February 2024

Official Reports

Official Reports

Meeting date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Shark Fins Bill, Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill, Subordinate Legislation

Meeting date: Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Subordinate Legislation, Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill: Stage 2

Meeting date: Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill, Avian Flu in Scotland, United Kingdom Subordinate Legislation

Meeting date: Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill, United Kingdom Subordinate Legislation, Petition

Meeting date: Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee

Decision on Taking Business in Private, Common Frameworks, United Kingdom Subordinate Legislation

Reports

Committee reports

28 February 2024

Subordinate legislation considered by the Rural Affairs and Islands Committee on 28 February 2024

This report details the Rural Affairs and Islands Committee's consideration of the Draft Scottish Food Commission (Appointment) Regulations 2024 and the Sea Fish (Prohibition on Fishing) (Firth of Clyde) Order 2024 (SSI 2024/6).

02 February 2024

Legislative consent memorandum: the Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill

This report sets out the Rural Affairs and Islands Committee's consideration of the legislative consent memorandum on the Animal Welfare (Livestock Exports) Bill.

25 January 2024

Subordinate legislation considered by the Rural Affairs and Islands Committee on 24 January 2024

This report details the Scottish Government document for approval and subordinate legislation considered by the Rural Affairs and Islands Committee on 24 January 2024.

Remit

To consider and report on matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Land Reform and Islands, with the exception of matters relating to land reform, natural resources and peatland, Scottish Land Commission, Crown Estate Scotland, and Royal Botanic Garden.