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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-10590: Oliver Mundell (Dumfriesshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 3 August 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it has taken to review the current compensation scheme for damage to farmland from geese.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 30 August 2017

The Scottish Government made a commitment in 2016 to maintain its funding support to the five local goose management schemes until spring 2020, when the funding will again be reviewed. Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) manages these schemes on behalf of the Scottish Government and regularly reviews the individual payment rates for the schemes. The last payment rate review was completed in spring 2016.

A review of goose policy is undertaken every 5 years. In 2015, the Scottish Government commissioned the latest review of goose policy, including of the support offered to farmers to manage geese in Scotland through goose management schemes. The review has been undertaken by SNH and is currently being considered by an external quality assurance panel. Scottish Ministers will consider the findings of the review when it is completed later this year.