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Rural Affairs and Islands Committee

Meeting Minutes

4th Meeting, 2022

  • Date: Wednesday, February 2, 2022
  • Session: 6
  • Location: T4.40-CR2 The Fairfax Somerville Room
  • Meeting opened at: 09:00
  • Meeting closed at: 12:57
  • Published: Wednesday, February 2, 2022 05:40pm

Committee Members Attendees

1 Decision on taking business in private:

The Committee agreed to take items 5 and 6 in private.

2 Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill:

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

Iain Gulland, Executive director and chief executive officer, Zero Waste Scotland; Dr Mike Rivington, Land Use System Modeller, James Hutton Institute; Dr Kirsteen Shields, Lecturer in International Law and Food Security, Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Security; Vicki Swales, Head of Land Use Policy, RSPB Scotland, Scottish Environment LINK;

and then from—

Dr Isabel Fletcher, Senior Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh; Claire Hislop, Organisational Lead for Diet, Physical Activity and Healthy Weight, Public Health Scotland; Jill Muirie, Public Health Programme Manager, Glasgow Centre for Population Health; and Jo Teece, Project Manager, British Dietetic Association.

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 Act in relation to the following UK statutory instruments—

The Phytosanitary Conditions (Amendment) Regulations 2022 (PH/36); and

The Milk and Milk Products (Pupils in Educational Establishments) Aid Applications (England and Scotland) Regulations 2022 (AGS/10).

The Committee agreed that the provisions set out in the notifications should be included in the UK SIs.

4 Subordinate legislation:

The Committee considered the following negative instrument—

Private Storage Aid Scheme (Pigmeat) (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2021 (2021/492)

The Committee agreed to make no recommendations in relation to the instrument. The Committee also agreed to write to the Scottish Government seeking further information.

5 Joint Fisheries Statement:

The Committee considered a paper by the clerk.

6 Impact of EU exit:

The Committee considered and agreed draft remits and person specifications for an adviser on post-EU exit agricultural policy and an adviser on post-EU exit fisheries policy.

7 Good Food Nation (Scotland) Bill (In Private):

The Committee reviewed the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

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