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  • Member for: South Scotland
  • Party: Scottish Liberal Democrats

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Parliamentary Activities

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Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Jim Hume

Thank you. That was useful.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Jim Hume

That was helpful.

You mentioned that the plan has already been redrafted as issues have emerged. We have reached the stage at which the plan is in print. How will it be adjusted in the future in response to issues that emerge or conflicts that might have unintended consequences?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Jim Hume (South Scotland) (LD)

Thank you very much, convener, and good morning to everybody.

I have a couple of issues to raise on chapter 6, which is on sea fisheries. It states:

“fishing activity has the potential to interact significantly with a number of other sectors”

and that

“it is ... difficult to accurately predict precisely where activity will take place”.

It also says that

“There are some key emerging issues concerning the interactions between the fishing industry and other interests.”

It would be interesting to find out what those “key emerging issues” are. I would like to hear briefly your general view on where we are going with the sea fisheries chapter and some of its key aspects.



Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Jim Hume

I thank the Deputy First Minister for his answer, but it will be of little comfort to the only surviving auction mart in the Scottish Borders, which, four years ago, had a massive hike in its business rates overnight and without consultation. The mart is a significant employer that is vital to the local rural economy. It has a sister mart with a similar footprint just a few miles away, across the border near Wooler. That mart has rates of around £11,000, whereas the rates for the mart in the Borders are around a staggering £90,000. It is about nine times more expensive to do business north of the border because of the Scottish Government’s harsh decisions. Will the Deputy First Minister act now to right that wrong, so that marts in Scotland do not work under a regime that is so unfair and non-competitive when compared with the regime in England?



Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
10. Jim Hume (South Scotland) (LD)

To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to support enterprise and business across the South Scotland parliamentary region. (S4O-03830)



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Jim Hume

Okay. Thank you.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Jim Hume

I appreciate that. I hope that such situations are rare, but I would appreciate it if the cabinet secretary would keep an eye on the matter in some way and perhaps even give some guidance to local authorities on taking a broader view of their assets than they perhaps have in the past.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Jim Hume

I guess that some local authorities might take a different view from others. What mechanisms would be available to a community that had got to the stage at which the local authority had decided that it did not want to sell below market value because it felt that it had to look after the ratepayers? Where would the community go from there?

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Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Jim Hume

Thanks for that.

I turn to some evidence that we received—last week, I think—on land that local authorities hold. We heard that Glasgow City Council has bonded some of its land to Barclays Bank, so it would be extremely difficult for it to release that land for communities. The same situation might exist in other local authority areas; I do not know whether you have evidence on that.

That aside, some local authorities might consider the best value of the land that they hold to be the best financial value that they can obtain for their taxpayers. They might regard financial value rather than value to the community as being their number 1 priority. What are your thoughts on how local authorities interpret best value? Could that be a potential hindrance to some communities that might want to access local authority land or the land of other public bodies?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Jim Hume

My question is about extending the community right to buy to urban areas. The Law Society of Scotland has some concerns about that. It stated:

“a small community in an urban environment might be interested in a particular asset that is part of a larger asset that is capable of development. In such a case, the development could become blighted and there could be a scenario of competing interests.”—[Official Report, Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee, 26 November 2014; c 40.]

It went on to say that there should be some safeguards to balance that out. Do you share the Law Society’s concerns about potential development blight? Are you considering lodging amendments at stage 2 to address that?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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YesDefeated

S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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YesDefeated

S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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NoCarried

S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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AbstainCarried

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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AbstainCarried

S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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NoCarried

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Question S4O-03879: Jim Hume, South Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 15/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23586: Jim Hume, South Scotland, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 09/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
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