Meeting date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 10 January 2018
Agenda: Interests, Decision on Taking Business in Private
- Decision on Taking Business in Private
Good morning and welcome to the first meeting in 2018 of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee. I ask members and all others present to ensure that their mobile phones are on silent. No apologies have been received.
Item 1 is to take a declaration of interests. For this, I need to welcome Colin Smyth, who is a member for South Scotland, to the committee. Colin is replacing Rhoda Grant. Do you have any interests to declare to the committee?
The only relevant interests that I would like to volunteer are in my entry in the register of members’ interests. I am a member of the GMB, a member of Unite the union, and the volunteer chair of a campaign group for a railway station in Eastriggs.
Thank you. Before I leave this item, I want to record officially the committee’s thanks to Rhoda Grant for all the work that she put into the committee. She attended almost all the meetings and certainly made a huge effort to get out to all the islands during the islands visits and to attend all the videoconferencing that we did last year. On behalf of the committee, I record our thanks for her diligence during 2016 and 2017.