Angus MacDonald MSP

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Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Angus MacDonald

To follow on from Nick Yonge’s point about differences in different regions and localities, what scope will FMOs have to carry out research compared with what the existing boards and fisheries trusts do at the moment?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Angus MacDonald

The debate has been fascinating, and it is clear from the previous discussion on sustainable harvesting that we need to reduce the gaps in the knowledge base. We know that the wild fisheries review considered the scientific evidence base to support wild fisheries management and that it recommended a number of areas where research is needed in the short to medium term. As you have all read the review, I will not detail all the areas suggested, but I will mention

“Salmon-related data for reporting to NASCO and the EU ... Habitat productivity, resilience and enhancement potential for all species ... Impacts on sea trout and salmon revival in the Scottish marine environment”

and

“Potential threats to wild fisheries populations.”

The review also recommended that the national unit should develop fisheries management standards.

When we took evidence last week from the review panel, it identified the opportunity afforded by creating FMOs to rationalise the number of DSFBs and fisheries trusts and the opportunity to make more resources available for research. What are your views on the need for research to support wild fisheries management, and do you agree with the research priorities that have been identified in the review?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Angus MacDonald

I am the MSP for Falkirk East.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Angus MacDonald

I think that that covers my question. I should reiterate the point that the majority of those who have contributed evidence have broadly welcomed the amendments.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Angus MacDonald (Falkirk East) (SNP)

Good morning, minister. In your opening remarks you briefly acknowledged the issue of croft land mapping requirements. The amendment that has been lodged with regard to croft land mapping will repeal some existing mapping requirements, such as those relating to sewers, pipes, lines and watercourses. The oral evidence that we heard last week broadly supported the amendment. Derek Flyn stated:

“The transfer of ownership of a Highland crofting estate is a massive problem because it tends to be a jigsaw puzzle with lots of pieces removed.”—[Official Report, Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, 18 February 2015; c 34.]

Peter Peacock of Community Land Scotland also warmly welcomed the proposed changes. However, as we might expect, Scottish Land & Estates said in written evidence that the change will affect

“inter alia valuations and details of ownership.”

Are valuations and details of ownership likely to be affected by the amendment? Will you clarify how a fair balance between the rights of the landowner and those of crofting communities will be ensured?



Public Petitions Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Angus MacDonald

Thank you, Mr Slater. It is good to have on our record that at least some clinicians in the States are now refusing to use the implants.



Public Petitions Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Angus MacDonald

Thank you. You mentioned that the reclassification has not happened yet. Has the FDA said publicly or indicated to you when the reclassification will happen or come into effect?



Public Petitions Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Angus MacDonald

We are aware that the Food and Drug Administration regulates the use of medical devices in the US. On 29 April last year, the FDA issued proposals to reclassify surgical mesh for transvaginal pelvic organ prolapse from a moderate risk device, class 2, to a high-risk device and to require all manufacturers to submit a pre-market approval application for the agency to evaluate safety and effectiveness. Has the FDA proposal to reclassify the products come into effect? What has been the effect of any regulatory changes on the medical profession, the regulators and the manufacturers?



Public Petitions Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Angus MacDonald

I am Angus MacDonald, a committee member.



Public Petitions Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Angus MacDonald

My question is how much time they need to get their act together on reporting.

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S4M-12491.2 John Swinney: Privacy and the State—As an amendment to motion S4M-12491 in the name of W
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S4M-12491.1 Richard Simpson: Privacy and the State—As an amendment to motion S4M-12491 in the name o
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S4M-12491 Willie Rennie: Privacy and the State—That the Parliament notes the Scottish Government’s c
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S4M-12492.2 Jamie Hepburn: Mental Health—As an amendment to motion S4M-12492 in the name of Jim Hume
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S4M-12492 Jim Hume: Mental Health—That the Parliament notes that one in four people will experience
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Amendment 2 moved by Ken Macintosh on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 3 moved by Ken Macintosh on motion S4M-12485 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bi
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Motion S4M-12454: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/02/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12400: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/02/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12399: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/02/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12293: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/02/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11904: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11882: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11751: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11750: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11745: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11678: Angus MacDonald, Falkirk East, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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