The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee in the Scottish Parliament has published its proposed work programme for the current session.
Some headlines from what the Committee plan to cover include:
Deer - The Committee has agreed to scrutinise the issue of the impact of deer on Scotland’s natural heritage. This work will begin with three evidence sessions to be held by the end of the year. These will be initial sessions to aid the Committee’s understanding of the issues and the range of views and to scope out potential further work on the issue.
Common Agriculture Policy/SRDP - The Committee will receive an update from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment on CAP issues on 18 September 2013. The Committee then plans to take evidence from the Cabinet Secretary again on CAP issues in October 2013. The Committee will then revisit this issue in early 2014.
Agricultural tenancy - The Committee will take evidence on the issue of agricultural rent reviews from the Cabinet Secretary in the autumn. The Committee also agreed that the session with the Cabinet Secretary should cover the outcome of the Salvesen v Riddell case and other agricultural holdings matters.
Land reform - The Committee will continue to monitor progress on this issue and will take further evidence at such time that it considers appropriate.
Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill - The Committee is likely to be required to scrutinise the code of practice that will result from the Bill and intends to scrutinise any draft of that code that is made available by the Scottish Government.
Budget scrutiny - The Committee has agreed to focus on the delivery of funding for the provision and improvement of broadband services in rural Scotland; funding of flood protection and alleviation measures across Scotland; and funding for the delivery of rural land management and waste aspects of the report on proposals and policies climate change document (RPP2).
Aquaculture - The Committee will write to the Scottish Government in the autumn to ask for an update on sea-lice issues, including reporting.
Biodiversity - The Committee will take evidence on the recently published biodiversity strategy, and how it will be implemented, from stakeholders and the Scottish Government, in 2014.
Climate change - The Committee will take evidence on climate change behaviour change in the autumn. The Committee will take evidence on the Scottish Government’s proposed climate change adaptation programme in the autumn and will report to the Government ahead of the programme being finalised.
Raasay sporting rights lease - The Committee will take evidence from the Minister on the Raasay sporting rights lease issue in the autumn.
Crofting - The Committee will continue to monitor progress on this and will write to the Minister in the autumn to request an update on developments.