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Future of agricultural support in Scotland

The Committee conducted a short snap-shot inquiry into the future of agricultural support in Scotland.  This included consideration of the Pack Report on future support for agriculture in Scotland and the European Commission's current proposals for reform for the Common Agricultural Policy post 2013.  The Committee have published a report giving its views on the issues raised in the inquiry.  However, given the breadth and complexity of the issues covered, and the likelihood that Commission's proposals will evolve over the coming months, the main purpose of the inquiry was to open a political debate that can be expected to continue in the next session of Parliament.  The Committee has received written submissions from: ConFor, HIE, Peter Cook, QMS, RSE, RSPB, SAC, SNH, SRPBA, STFA. The Committee also received written submissions from the Crofters Commission and Highland Council.  The Committee took oral evidence at its meeting on 2 February 2011 from George Lyon MEP and from Brian Pack OBE.  On 9 February 2011 the Committee held a round-table evidence session with a number of stakeholders.  At its meeting on 23 February 2011 the Committee took oral evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment.  Following this session the Cabinet Secretary wrote a letter to the Convener.


Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2011-12

The Committee took evidence on the draft budget at its meetings on 24 November 2010 and 1 December.  The Committee also received written submissions from ConFor, COSLA, RSPB, Scottish Agricultural College and SE Link. The Scottish Government have provided two supplementary written submissions which are available here: submission 1 and submission 2.  The Rural Affairs and Environment Committee reported to the Finance Committee based on the evidence heard. The report can be accessed here.


Scottish Government's Draft Land Use Strategy

The Committee held an evidence session to scrutinise the draft strategy on 8 December.  There were two panels at this session; one consisting of Confor, NFUS, SE Link and SRPBA; and a second panel consisting of the RTPI, Highland and Islands Enterprise, Macaulay Land Use Research Institute, SEPA and SNH.  The Committee also received a supplementary written submission from SE Link. The Committee submitted a letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment on 23 December 2010.


The Public Services Reform (Agricultural Holdings) (Scotland) Order 2011

The Committee took evidence on the draft instrument at its meeting on 10 November, and received written evidence from the following stakeholders; NFUS, SRPBA and STFA.  The Committee also submitted a letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment on 7 December 2010. The Cabinet Secretary's reply was issued on the 24 December 2010.


Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill
The Committee was designated as lead committee to scrutinise the Bill at Stage 1.  Further information on the Committee's scrutiny of the Bill can be found on the Wildlife and Natural Environment (Scotland) Bill Committee homepage.

Fisheries Quotas 2011
The Committee took oral evidence at its meetings on 6 October and 27 October 2010 from the Scottish Fishermen's Federation, WWF and the Scottish Pelagic Fishermen's Association; as well as from Marine Scotland Scientists and the Scottish Government.  The Scottish Parliament Information Centre published its Sea Fishing: Quotas for 2011 paper on 1 October 2010.  The Committee submitted a letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment on 3 November 2010.

Reservoirs (Scotland) Bill
The Committee was designated as lead committee to scrutinise the Bill at Stage 1.  Further information on the Committee's scrutiny of the Bill can be found on the Reservoirs (Scotland) Bill homepage.

Research on the implementation of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003

The Committee considers that it is important to monitor important legislation within its remit once it has been enacted and those most affected by it have had time to consider its impact. To that end, the Committee agreed in early 2010 to commission external research on the implementation of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003, widely regarded as one of the most ambitious Acts passed by the Parliament in its first session. The research was to focus on the two most significant aspects of that law:

*    Provisions on access rights to rural land

*    The creation of the community right to buy rural land (available in slightly different forms to crofting and non-crofting communities).

The Centre for Mountain Studies were contracted to undertake the research and produce a report to the Committee. The Centre undertook its work over late spring and summer 2010, and reported to the Committee in September 2010.

Read the executive summary of the report here

Read the full report here

The Committee took evidence on the report from the report authors on 9 February 2011.

The Committee took evidence from the Minister for Environment and Climate Change on 2 March 2011.

The Committee received a written submission from Ramblers Scotland

The Committee also received a written submission from The Centre for Mountain Studies

The Committee concluded its considerations by writing a letter to the Minister for Environment and Climate Change in March 2011 .

For further information, contact the clerk

 

Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill
The Committee was designated as lead committee on the Bill and published its Stage 1 report on 6 May 2010.  Further information on the Committee's scrutiny of the Bill can be found on the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill Committee homepage.  The Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill has now passed Stages 2 and 3.

Scotland's Hills and Islands

The Committee held two evidence-taking sessions to consider the issues arising from the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s report Scotland’s Hills and Islands. The Committee wrote a letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment and also a letter to Commissioner Dacian Ciolos summarising issues raised in evidence.  Commissioner Ciolos replied to the Convener on 2 September 2010.


Marine (Scotland) Bill
The Committee was designated as lead committee on the Bill and published its Stage 1 report on 8 October 2009. The Scottish Government provided its response to the report on 28 October 2009.  The Committee completed its consideration of the Bill at Stage 2 on 2 December 2009.  The Bill was passed by Parliament on 4 February 2010.   Further information on the Committee's scrutiny of the Bill can be found on the Marine (Scotland) Bill Committee homepage.

Legislative Consent Memorandum

The Committee recently scrutinised a Legislative Consent Memorandum on the UK Parliament's Flood and Water Manangement Bill.  The Committee published its report on the Legislative Consent Memorandum for the UK Flood and Water Management Bill on 22 January 2010.


EU Fisheries Council and CFP reform

The Committee took evidence on this year's proposed fisheries quotas for Scottish fishermen and on the wider issue of Common Fisheries Policy reform. It submitted a letter to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment on 26 November 2009 and published its report on Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy on 30 November 2009. The Scottish Government's response to the Committee's Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy report was provided on 28 January 2010. Further information on the Committee’s scrutiny can be found on the EU Fisheries Council and CFP reform Committee page


Budget Process 2010-11

The Committee scrutinised the Government's 2010-11 draft budget proposals for the Rural Affairs and Environment portfolio and submitted its draft budget report to the Finance committee.  The Finance Committee report to Parliament was published on 4 December 2009.


Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill
The Committee was designated as a secondary Committee, and published its Public Services Reform report to the lead Committee (the Finance Committee) on 12 October 2009 on those aspects of the Bill that fall within its remit. These are sections 1 and 2 of the Bill concerning the Deer Commission for Scotland and the Advisory Committee on Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Further information on the Committee's scrutiny of the Bill can be found on the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill Committee homepage.

Rural Housing Inquiry
The Committee published its Rural Housing Inquiry report on Thursday 7 May 2009. The Scottish Government response to the rural housing report was provided on 7 July 2009. For full details of the inquiry please see the rural housing inquiry homepage. Parliament held a debate on the rural housing report on Wednesday 7 October 2009.

Pig Industry

The Committee published its report on the Pig Industry on Thursday 25 June 2009. The Scottish Government response to the report was provided on 24 August 2009. For full details about the inquiry please see the pig industry homepage.


Flooding and Flood Management Inquiry

The Committee published its flooding inquiry report on Friday 16 May 2008. The Scottish Government response to the flooding report was provided on 13 June 2008.  For full details about the inquiry please see the flooding and flood management inquiry homepage.


Draft Budget 2009-10 Scrutiny

The Committee has scrutinised the sections of the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2009-10 relevant to the remit of the Committee.  For full details of the evidence considered please see the Draft Budget 2009-10 Scrutiny page.


Legislative Consent Memorandum

The Committee considered a Legislative Consent Memorandum (LCM) on the UK Parliament's Marine and Coastal Access Bill.  The Committee published its LCM report on 3 March 2009.


Climate Change (Scotland) Bill
The Committee was designated as secondary committee on the Bill.  Further information on the Committee's scrutiny of the Bill can be found on the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill Committee homepage.

Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill
The Committee was designated as lead committee on the Bill.  Further information on the Committee's scrutiny of the Bill can be found on the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill Committee homepage.

Petitions

Please see the Rural Affairs and Environment Committee's petitions homepage for further information on all petitions considered by the Committee.


Correspondence

For details of correspondence with the Scottish Government relating to the Committee's remit, please see the correspondence homepage.

Correspondence from 21 December 2007 will be available on the homepage, correspondence prior to that date can be found in the papers for the relevant Committee meeting.