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Chamber and committees

Meeting date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee 06 October 2021

Agenda: Decision on Taking Business in Private, European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, Subordinate Legislation, European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, Scotland’s Island Communities


European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018

The Animal Health, Plant Health, Seeds and Seed Potatoes (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2021

We move to agenda item 4. I refer members to papers 5 and 6. The committee will now consider the first two of five statutory instrument consent notifications. Under the protocol between the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Government, the consent notifications have been categorised as type 1, meaning that the Scottish Parliament’s agreement is sought before the Scottish Government gives consent to the United Kingdom Government to make secondary legislation that affects devolved competence.

Does any member wish to raise an issue with either of the consent notifications? As no one does, is the committee content that the provisions set out in the notifications should be included in UK SIs?

Members indicated agreement.

Is the committee content to delegate authority to me to sign off a letter to the Scottish Government informing it of our decision?

Members indicated agreement.

The Official Controls (Extension of Transitional Periods) Regulations 2021

We move to consideration of three retrospective UK SIs that were made over the campaign recess. As the instruments have been made, the Scottish Parliament will not have the opportunity to agree to the Scottish ministers’ consent, as it has already been given. The committee is invited to note the decision and write to the Scottish Government for more information about the Scottish and UK Governments’ longer-term plans for import checks for plant and animal products as a consequence of EU exit.

Are members content with that approach?

Members indicated agreement.

09:45 Meeting suspended.  

09:49 On resuming—