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Chamber and committees

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee

Meeting Minutes

32nd Meeting, 2022

  • Date: Wednesday, November 30, 2022
  • Session: 6
  • Location: T4.40-CR2 The Fairfax Somerville Room
  • Meeting opened at: 09:00
  • Meeting closed at: 12:09
  • Published: Thursday, December 1, 2022 09:37am

Committee Members Attendees

1 Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill:

The Committee took evidence to inform its forthcoming consideration of Stage 2 amendments from— 

Màiri McAllan, Minister for Environment and Land Reform, supported by Leia Fitzgerald, Team Leader, Wildlife Legislation Team, Amy Hogarth, Solicitor and Hugh Dignon ,Head of Wildlife Management Unit, Scottish Government.

2 Avian flu in Scotland:

The Committee took evidence from—

Sheila Voas, Chief Veterinary Officer and Alastair Douglas, Head of Animal Disease Control Branch, Scottish Government.

3 UK subordinate legislation:

The Committee considered a proposal by the Scottish Government to consent to the UK Government legislating using the powers under the European Union Withdrawal Act 2018 in relation to the following UK statutory instrument proposal—

The Plant Health (Amendment) (EU Exit) Regulations 2022

The Committee agreed that the provisions set out in the notification should be included in the UK SI.

4 Work programme(In Private):

The Committee considered its work programme and agreed to undertake some follow up scrutiny following its roundtable evidence session on inshore fisheries. The Committee also agreed to undertake some scrutiny of aquaculture and salmon farming. The Committee agreed to consider more detailed proposals at a future meeting.

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