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Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 28 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Claudia Beamish (South Scotland) (Lab)

I am a South Scotland MSP and shadow minister for environment and climate change.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 28 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Claudia Beamish

It is a quick question, for Judith Bryans.

I seek reassurance about the medium and long-term picture. If I heard you right, you seem fairly confident that the Chinese market will improve. What do you base that on? Some economists would say that there are many question marks over that. When we are talking about the global situation, to be frank, I think that it is dangerous to make statements about the future when there are arguments on both sides.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 28 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Claudia Beamish

Briefly, yes. George Jamieson touched on producer organisations, but I would like to get the views of the panel on the comments by the UK Government, which

“believes that forming a Producer Organisation could give dairy farmers ‘greater clout in the marketplace’. The farming Minister suggested that Producer Organisations might help the imbalance in a market in which a small number of major retailers are the significant buyers but the majority of sellers are comparatively small-scale producers.”

The Scottish Government also highlighted its support in 2012 in its five-point dairy action plan, saying that it sought to ensure that

“the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society (SAOS) have sufficient resources to accelerate their existing work on producer organisations and co-operatives.”

Does anyone on the panel have comments on the clout of producer organisations, beyond what George has already said?



Meeting of the Parliament 28 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 28, 2015
Claudia Beamish (South Scotland) (Lab)

Where does the Scottish Government moratorium leave communities such as Canonbie, in my region, where permission for coal-bed methane extraction has already been granted? Does the minister agree that, however robust any future guidelines might be if fracking were to go ahead, the skills capacity does not exist to assess applications or monitor developments?



Meeting of the Parliament 27 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Claudia Beamish (South Scotland) (Lab)

I thank the cabinet secretary for giving me sight of the statement and the final report in reasonably timely fashion, which is not always the case. I also thank the review group and all those who took part, because without them the review could not have happened and we would not be where we are today.

As the cabinet secretary said, it is a landmark report, which must herald a new era in agricultural Scotland that will bring opportunities for a range of tenants, new tenants and security in retirement. The final key aspiration of the interim report states that

“The underlying culture will be forward looking and based on shared endeavour, mutual respect and partnership between owners and tenants.”

Can the cabinet secretary identify specific ways in which the final report recommendations will contribute to that culture of partnership, and how the balance between the confidence in the system that has been asked for by landowners, and the protection of tenants’ rights, in a vibrant tenanted sector, will be achieved?

I welcome the enhanced measures for the right to buy, which recognise that there can be breakdowns in relationships, but also acknowledge that many relationships are good.

Can the cabinet secretary also explain in more detail how the tenant farming commissioner will be appointed, what the commissioner’s functions will be, how the code of practice will be developed, and who will be part of making the code of practice real so that everyone can move forward together?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 14 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Claudia Beamish (South Scotland) (Lab)

Could I tease out the issue of the existing activity a bit further? In relation to sustainable development underpinning, or being very much part of, the framework for the marine environment and activity going forward, I wonder whether it might be worth considering, instead of a presumption in favour of existing activity, adding the words “sustainable activity”. There is a changing picture in terms of scientific evidence, as it develops, for the protection of the marine environment, and the adaptive management that will be happening, moving forward. Like you, cabinet secretary, I am extremely supportive of the fishing industry and of development within the marine environment, but I wonder whether the word “sustainable” should be there. I would have concerns about removing the phrase “wherever possible”. Bertie Armstrong’s argument was about the impossible, but I think that we have to acknowledge that some things may not be possible in terms of sustainable development and that there is a changing picture.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 14 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Claudia Beamish

I understand and respect that. I am simply arguing that existing activities should be sustainable and that the marine environment is a changing picture.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 14 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Claudia Beamish

I will look at the important and, indeed, moving evidence that we have received about climate change. On 7 January, Lucy Greenhill from SAMS expressed concern about the balance between climate change mitigation and adaptation in the plan. She said that,

“As far as climate change is concerned, we have highlighted what seems to be a poor balance”

between those aspects, and that

“sometimes, the plan is a bit disproportionate, particularly ... with regard to the oil and gas sector, in relation to which there is a lot of emphasis on climate change adaptations—in other words, ensuring that your oil rig is not susceptible to rising sea levels—but an unequal emphasis on how we manage and assess the realities of the ultimate effects of oil and gas on climate change.”—[Official Report, Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, 7 January 2015; c 15.]

I appreciate that those comments apply to only one sector and that some remarks on the matter have already been made, but do you feel able to comment further? Will you comment on the relationship between the different sectors and the changing picture of climate change information with regard to the marine environment?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 14 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Claudia Beamish

I completely understand the point that you make, and I am not advocating any particular position. As the science comes forward, for example on the relationship between the marine environment, fisheries and climate change—on how migratory patterns in fish are moving, or whatever—how will that inform the marine plan? We do not necessarily want to wait for five years for things to change.

I am not advocating any particular position, but climate change needs to be taken into account. As you say, it is a thread through the plan, but it is important to be aware of the changes that will happen.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 14 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Claudia Beamish

In relation to the enhancement of natural heritage in the marine environment, stakeholders have expressed concern about the general planning principles. Scottish Environment LINK has raised questions about GEN 9, on natural heritage, and especially on whether enhancement of the natural environment is sufficiently prominent. The third part of GEN 9, point (c), is to

“Protect and, where appropriate, enhance the health of the marine area.”

Will you comment on that? You have used the word “balance” several times this morning. Is the balance right?

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S4M-12182.1 Alex Fergusson: The Chilcot Inquiry—As an amendment to motion S4M-12182 in the name of N
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S4M-12182 Nicola Sturgeon: The Chilcot Inquiry—That the Parliament calls for Sir John Chilcot’s offi
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Not VotedCarried

S4M-12176 John Swinney: Community Charge Debt (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the gene
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S4M-12160.2 Michael Matheson: Women Offenders—As an amendment to motion S4M-12160 in the name of Kez
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S4M-12160.3 Margaret Mitchell: Women Offenders—As an amendment to motion S4M-12160 in the name of Ke
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S4M-12160 Kezia Dugdale: Women Offenders—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the Scottish G
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S4M-12154.1 Lewis Macdonald: Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) – Supporting Indivi
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S4M-12120.1 Jenny Marra: 2020 Vision, the Strategic Forward Direction of the NHS—As an amendment to
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S4M-12101 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general prin
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S4M-12095.4 Ken Macintosh: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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YesDefeated

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Motion S4M-11029.4: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 30/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10860: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10750: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09836.1: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09603: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09551: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 31/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09280.1: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09223: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 03/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08993: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08835: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03992: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-24024: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23722: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4W-23721: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03855: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03817: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23369: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23371: Claudia Beamish, South Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
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