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Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Claudia Beamish

I highlight that an objective is to

“Maximise the recovery of reserves”.

Perhaps that is a question for me to ask the cabinet secretary.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Claudia Beamish

Thank you. I have two other brief points, one on sustainable development and one on cumulative effect.

I understand that there is an aim for the maximum recovery of reserves of oil and gas. In terms of sustainable development, how does that fit with the movement to a low-carbon economy?

I also ask you to comment on the important issue of the cumulative effect. I know that we have touched on the issue in some of the sectoral decisions, but GEN 21 is about cumulative impact. That is about situations where there are competing developments—or, indeed, where there are complementary developments, but maybe too many of the same kind. It may even relate to something as positive as local people being involved with tourism or whatever for their own future. How will that operate?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Claudia Beamish

Can I push you on that? What would happen if in the oil and gas sector, say, a developer said, “No, it is not possible.” You have said that there should be enhancement “where possible,” so everyone could just say, “It really is not possible in this instance because ... ”. I am looking from the perspective of the future. How will our seas be protected in terms of not only what you say about the needs of nature and people but the long-term needs?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Claudia Beamish

You have covered quite a lot on the vision, objectives and principles of the plan in your evidence today. I note for the record that the plan’s vision for the marine environment is to have

“Clean, healthy, safe, productive and diverse seas; managed to meet the long-term needs of nature and people.”

That is obviously a big challenge, and we all hope that the plan will contribute robustly to underpinning that vision.

How do the principles of sustainable development, which are obviously very important, relate to enhancement under one of the general plans—GEN 9? It would seem that sustainable development is not the same as enhancement. How will that be taken into account? There was quite a lot about protection and enhancement in the consultations and those issues also came up in the sustainability appraisal, which I have had a brief look at.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Claudia Beamish

I do not want to make things difficult, but could there be a conflict between what is decided at the regional level and what is decided at the national level? The general principles would have to be taken into account by everyone, but could there be a conflict in the detail?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Claudia Beamish

Can you clarify the status of the regional marine plans in terms of planning applications? To what degree do they have to be taken into account?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Claudia Beamish

I would like a bit more clarity on the status of the regional marine plans and how they relate to local planning. You say that local authorities will sometimes be the lead authority but that they will sometimes not be. Last week, I attended an evening event at which there were representatives of very positive and robust coastal partnerships such as exist right round the coast of Scotland, many of which have been functioning for many years. They had concerns about how the partnerships would fit in as voluntary organisations. There are all those issues, and I wonder how people will become engaged. I know that it is early days, but what are the plans for engagement? Also, what is the status of the regional marine plans?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Claudia Beamish

Thank you—that is helpful.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Claudia Beamish

I see. I do not want to put words in your mouth, but will you reassure me that, as the research develops, information will be fed in about the impacts and the increased activity in the industry? Is that the joy of having a web-based arrangement? Could the information be fed in so that, if necessary, the criteria could be changed to some degree either way before the five years have passed?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Claudia Beamish

Could Anna Donald or others on the panel please say a little more about on-going research in aquaculture? You will know that the committee took evidence on the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill. Have you taken into account the impact of the robust increases in targets for the fin-fish industry in your assessments? Will there be continuing research about that?

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S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825.2 Jamie McGrigor: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the
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S4M-11825.1 Tavish Scott: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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Motion S4M-11029.4: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-09551: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 31/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-08835: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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