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Chamber and committees

Rural Affairs and Islands Committee


Meeting Minutes

2nd Meeting, 2023

  • Date: Wednesday, January 25, 2023
  • Session: 6
  • Location: TG.40-CR1 The Burns Room
  • Meeting opened at: 09:15
  • Meeting closed at: 11:33
  • Published: Thursday, January 26, 2023 09:11am

Committee Members Attendees

Apologies received from

Substitute Members Attendees


1 Decision on taking business in private:

The Committee agreed to take items 3 and 6 in private.


2 Shark Fins Bill (UK Parliament legislation):

The Committee took evidence on legislative consent memorandum LCM-S6-31 from—

Mairi Gougeon, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands, supported by Emma Phillips, Lawyer, Scottish Government Legal Directorate and Allan Gibb, Acting Deputy Director, Marine Scotland, Scottish Government .


3 Shark Fins Bill (UK Parliament legislation) (In private):


The Committee considered the evidence it heard earlier under agenda item 2.


4 Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill (UK Parliament legislation):

The Committee took evidence on legislative consent memorandum LCM-S6-32 from—

Màiri McAllan, Minister for Environment and Land Reform, supported by Rosemary Anfield, GMO Policy Officer, Caspian Richards, Head of Policy and Pesticide Survey Unit, Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture and Rural Economy Directorate and Emily Williams Boylston, Lawyer, Scottish Government.



5 Subordinate legislation:

The Committee considered the following negative instruments—
Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Act 2020 (Consequential Modifications) and Agricultural Products, Aquatic Animal Health and Genetically Modified Organisms (EU Exit) (Amendment) Regulations 2022
Conservation of Salmon (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 2022

The Committee agreed to make no recommendations in relation to the instruments.


6 Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill (UK Parliament legislation) (In Private):

The Committee considered the evidence it heard earlier under agenda item 4.


7 Work programme (In Private):

The Committee considered its work programme. The Committee agreed to take evidence from the Cabinet Secretary in relation to salmon farming in Scotland.  The Committee also agreed to consider a further work programme paper at a future meeting.


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