Date lodged: 6 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what impact changes in land reform legislation have had on tackling wildlife crime.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 24 January 2017
The Scottish Government is currently implementing the provisions of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, which will drive land reform across urban and rural Scotland.
We are working to improve the transparency of land ownership in Scotland and we intend to introduce a public register of persons with controlling interests in landowners and tenants. The consultation on this closed on 5 December and the responses are currently being analysed. Our proposals seek to ensure that land in Scotland is sustainably owned, used and developed in the interests of landowners, communities and wider society, by delivering increased transparency about the individuals taking decisions about Scotland’s land. These proposals, once implemented, will deliver a number of benefits to the people of Scotland, which potentially may include assisting in the identification of perpetrators of wildlife crime.