Date lodged: 22 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-00390 by Fergus Ewing on 15 June 2016, what the basis was for the cabinet secretary's assertion that the "IT functionality for the recording of entitlement transfers will be available in the autumn".
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 8 December 2016
The following response provided to S5W-00390 in June 2016 - the IT functionality for the recording of entitlement transfers will be available in the autumn. There is, however, no reason for farmers and crofters to delay informing the entitlement transfer unit in Stornoway of their transfer arrangements.
The IT functionality for the recording of entitlement transfers is expected to be available in early 2017; this date has been impacted by the delivery of other essential IT functionality. In the meantime the Entitlement Transfer Unit have been carrying out the necessary manual assessment of all cases.
There are 485 applications for the 2016 scheme year.