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Chamber and committees

Meeting date: Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee 22 June 2021 [Draft]

Agenda: Interests, Convener, Deputy Convener, Legacy Papers


Contents


Interests

Ariane Burgess (Highlands and Islands) (Green)

Welcome to the first meeting in session 6 of the Rural Affairs, Islands and Natural Environment Committee. I am Ariane Burgess, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, and, as the oldest member of the committee, I have the pleasure of convening this meeting for the first two items of business.

No apologies have been received. I welcome all members, and I look forward to working with you on the committee.

Before we move to the first item on the agenda, I remind everyone to switch their mobile phones to silent—I have just done that myself. I remind members to wait for your names to be called before you speak, to give broadcasting colleagues time to activate the microphones. Broadcasting colleagues will mute microphones for members who are not speaking, to keep ambient noise down and prevent distortion—we are in good hands for this first meeting.

Item 1 is for each of us to declare any interests that we have that are relevant to the committee’s work. Background information on declarations of interest is provided in paper 1. I will ask each member in turn, in alphabetical order, to say whether they have interests to declare.

Karen Adam (Banffshire and Buchan Coast) (SNP)

I have no interests to declare.

Dr Alasdair Allan (Na h-Eileanan an Iar) (SNP)

I have no particular interests to declare, but I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests.

Ariane Burgess

I get to go next. I have no relevant interests to declare.

Finlay Carson (Galloway and West Dumfries) (Con)

I declare an interest in a farming and letting business, and I am a member of NFU Scotland.

Jim Fairlie (Perthshire South and Kinross-shire) (SNP)

I am a member of NFU Scotland. I have no other registrable interests.

Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire) (Con)

I have no interests to declare with regard to this committee, but I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests.

Liam McArthur (Orkney Islands) (LD)

Other than being an islander, I have no registrable interests to declare in relation to the committee, but I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests.

Jenni Minto (Argyll and Bute) (SNP)

Like Liam, I live on an island. Other than that, I have no relevant interests to declare, but I refer members to my entry in the register of members’ interests.

Mercedes Villalba (North East Scotland) (Lab)

I have no relevant interests to declare.

Ariane Burgess

Thank you.