Date lodged: 27 September 2017
To ask the Scottish Government how many times (a) the National Council of Rural Advisers and (b) its agriculture champions have met (i) the Scottish Land Commission, (ii) Scottish Environment Link, (iii) Forestry Commission Scotland, (iv) the NFU Scotland and (v) other stakeholders; what the agenda was, and whether (A) a minute or (B) an informal note was taken and, if so, whether it will publish this.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 25 October 2017
While it is for the National Council of Rural Advisers and for each of the Agricultural Champions, and their groups to determine which organisations and individuals they wish to meet and engage with, we would expect both the National Council of Rural Advisers and Agricultural Champions to seek and take account of views from a wide variety of stakeholders. This would include environmental organisations with an interest in the rural economy and farming and food production. I have written to over 200 stakeholders to encourage them to submit views and evidence to the National Council for its consideration.
The Agricultural Champions have attended the last two meetings of the Scottish Government’s Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) Stakeholder Group. Minutes of these meetings, as well as the agenda and action log of the National Council of Rural Advisers meetings, are published on the Scottish Government website.