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Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Nigel Don (Angus North and Mearns) (SNP)

Good morning, minister. I recognise that this is not directly part of your portfolio, but there seems to be a lot of evidence that hard-to-treat houses are also old houses. Those that are not being treated are in private hands and are often rented, which means that the people who own them have the least incentive to improve them. Can you encourage your colleagues to consider whether we should legislate in that area? Legislation is probably required if we are going to get older leased properties, many of which are not even wind and watertight, up to standard.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Nigel Don

The committee heard that, compared with other places, there is a time lag of 18 months after the end of the year before we get the data. Has the minister had an opportunity to talk to the UK Government about whether we can improve that situation? Are there any surrogates that we can use? For example, the tonnage of beef might well convert into methane by some factor and, presumably, we know how much petrol and diesel are sold in Scotland, which we can assume it is all burned. What options have you got to improve the data?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Nigel Don

I will explore that a bit. One issue that the minister mentioned is that, once we have shrunk the amount of carbon that we emit, those who inevitably must do so, such as beef producers, will by definition become a larger fraction of what is left. Are you specifically working on how that amount can be measured and how it can be reduced? Are we moving to the days when, for example, beef is produced in sheds and the methane that goes up to the roof is burned off to CO2 before it is emitted as methane. That would be the chemist’s solution, without having to worry about the engineering one.



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Nigel Don

Good morning, gentlemen. It is good to see you again.

I will start with aquaculture, and fish farming in particular. We have heard in the past few years about the expansion of the industry, which makes good sense for all sorts of economic and food security reasons. I notice that you mention it in your report. Will you tell us how you see it progressing and perhaps how far you see it going?



Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Nigel Don

Thank you for that extraordinarily comprehensive answer, which went into all the spaces that I was expecting I might have to push you towards.

When the committee was scrutinising the Aquaculture and Fisheries (Scotland) Bill, it became clear that the further aquaculture goes offshore, the more chance there is of avoiding conflict. Equally, of course, operators want to engage with the communities that will have to work there, and the environmental consequences are also obvious.

To what extent do you need the support of the Parliament or the Government to achieve some of the things that you talked so eloquently about? Do you have all the powers and the enthusiasm that you need to make things work?



Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Convener (Nigel Don)

I welcome members to the 28th meeting in 2014 of the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee. As always, I ask members to turn off their mobile phones.

Item 1 is a decision on whether to take business in private. It is proposed that we take items 7 and 8 in private. Item 7 is consideration of the delegated powers provisions in the Mental Health (Scotland) Bill at stage 1. It is also suggested that we take further stage 1 consideration of the bill in private. Item 8 is consideration of a draft report on the Welfare Funds (Scotland) Bill. Does the committee agree to take items 7 and 8 in private?

Members indicated agreement.



Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Convener

Does the committee also agree to take further consideration of the Mental Health (Scotland) Bill at stage 1 in private?

Members indicated agreement.



Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Convener

Members will also note that, in line with previous decisions of the committee, items 9 and 10 will also be in private.



Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Convener

Item 2 is the Legal Writings (Counterparts and Delivery) (Scotland) Bill. We are in a position to take further oral evidence on the bill, and today we hear from representatives from the academic and business sectors, as well as from Registers of Scotland. I welcome our first panel. Professor George Gretton is the Lord President Reid professor of law at the University of Edinburgh; Dr Gillian Black is a senior lecturer in law, also from the University of Edinburgh, and Dr Ross Anderson is an advocate and honorary research fellow at the University of Glasgow. Good morning, one and all, and thank you for coming along.

I open our questioning by asking you for examples of the practical difficulties of the inability to sign contracts in counterpart, at the moment.



Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee 07 October 2014 : Tuesday, October 07, 2014
The Convener

We understand that giving certainty is precisely what the bill is about.

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S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 63 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Motion S4M-09965: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09910: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09887: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09813: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09678: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09353: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09339: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09301: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09137: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09081: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03410: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03349: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21123: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03179: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03172: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03114: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03056: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02926: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/02/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02808: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/01/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-02740: Nigel Don, Angus North and Mearns, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/12/2013 Show Full Question >>

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