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Chamber and committees

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee

Minutes: 26 January 2022

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

3rd Meeting, 2022

Start time: 09:02am
Location: T4.40-CR2 The Fairfax Somerville Room
Published: Wednesday, 26 January 2022


1. Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill:

The Committee took evidence on the Bill at Stage 1 from—

Polly Jones, Head of Scotland, The Trussell Trust; Pete Ritchie, Director, Nourish Scotland; Tilly Robinson-Miles, Impact and Policy Officer, Food Train; and Anna Taylor, Executive Director, The Food Foundation.

and then from

John Davidson, Deputy Chief Executive and Strategy Director, Scotland Food & Drink; Karen Galloway, Head of Retail and Insights, Seafood Scotland; Jonnie Hall, Director of Policy, National Farmers Union Scotland; and Claire White, Manager, Shetland Food & Drink Limited.

2. Subordinate legislation:

The Committee considered the laying procedure for the Official Controls (Transitional Staging Period) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) (No. 3) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/493) and agreed that the negative procedure was appropriate.

3. Subordinate legislation:

The Committee considered the following negative instruments—

Red Rocks and Longay Urgent Marine Conservation (No. 2) Order 2021 (SSI 2021/463);
Conservation of Salmon (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/466); and
Official Controls (Transitional Staging Period) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Scotland) (No. 3) Regulations 2021 (SSI 2021/493).

The Committee agreed to make no recommendations in relation to the instruments. The Committee also agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking further information on a number of points.

4. Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill (In Private):

The Committee reviewed the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

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