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Chamber and committees

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee

The Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee was established in June 2021. It focuses on areas including:

  • farming
  • food and drink supply,
  • animal welfare,
  • fisheries and aquaculture,
  • crofting
  • issues relevant to the Islands (Scotland) Act 2018 (external website)

Next meeting

3rd Meeting, 2023

Agenda: Subordinate legislation, UK subordinate legislation

11:00am, 01 February 2023

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

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, Islands and Natural Environment 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)

Karen Adam

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Banffshire and Buchan Coast (Constituency)

Party: Scottish National Party

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

Party: Scottish Green Party

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Jim Fairlie

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Perthshire South and Kinross-shire (Constituency)

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire (Constituency)

Jenni Minto

Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: Argyll and Bute (Constituency)

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: North East Scotland (Region)

Substitute Members

Emma Harper

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish National Party

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Liam McArthur

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats

MSP for: Orkney Islands (Constituency)

Edward Mountain

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

MSP for: Highlands and Islands (Region)

Colin Smyth

Substitute Member

Party: Scottish Labour

MSP for: South Scotland (Region)

Committee work

Current

Previous

Future

Summary of work programme 

The Committee has agreed its work programme for Jan to June 2023 – please note, this may be updated to reflect changing parliamentary business

  • Future agriculture policy
  • Wildlife Management (Grouse) (Scotland) Bill
  • Salmon farming in Scotland, including follow up on the Session 5 Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee’s recommendations on salmon farming and Professor Griggs’s review of the current regulatory framework for Scottish aquaculture
  • Good Food Nation plans and implementation of the Good Food Nation legislation, including the creation of the Scottish Food Commission
  • Island Plan annual reports and associated funding commitments

Petition PE1490: Control of wild goose numbers

Petition PE1758: End greyhound racing In Scotland

Petition PE1951: Reinstate inshore coastal limit on the use of dredge and trawl fishing gears

Inshore fisheries

Correspondence

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

Reports

Committee reports

25 January 2023

Legislative consent memorandum: The Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill

This report details the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee's consideration of the legislative consent memorandum on the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill.

26 September 2022

Stage 1 report on the Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill

This report sets out the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee's consideration of the Hunting with Dogs (Scotland) Bill at Stage 1.

Remit

To consider and report on matters falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and Islands.