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Chamber and committees

Meeting date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee 10 January 2018

Agenda: Interests, Decision on Taking Business in Private



The Convener (Edward Mountain)

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?

Colin Smyth (South Scotland) (Lab)

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.

The Convener

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.