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S5W-11565: Graeme Dey (Angus South)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 27 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government when (a) the Scottish Land Commission will lay its Strategic Plan and Programme of Work and (b) it will lay a Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement and related consultation report in the Parliament, as required by the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 28 September 2017

The Scottish Land Commission is charged with bringing increased focus and energy to land reform in Scotland. Its creation in April this year, through the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, underlines the Scottish Government’s commitment to on-going and long term land reform, to help ensure that everyone benefits from Scotland’s land. The Scottish Land Commission laid its first Strategic Plan (SG/2017/145) and Programme of Work (SG/2017/164) in the Scottish Parliament this morning, 28 September 2017.

The Scottish Government has also laid the Scottish Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement (SG/2017/162) and related consultation report (SG/2017/163) in Parliament this morning. This is the first such Statement in the world, and we will encourage everyone who owns, manages and uses land to adopt its principles.