Date lodged: 11 December 2017
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish details of the (a) discussions, (b) meetings and (c) correspondence it has had with the Chief Scientific Adviser to Wildcat Haven CIC since 2007.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 16 January 2018
Details of (a) discussions, (b) meetings, and (c) correspondence the Scottish Government has had with the Chief Scientific Adviser to Wildcat Haven CIC since 2007 are as follows.
Dr Paul O’Donoghue, Chief Scientific Adviser to Wildcat Haven, met with Paul Wheelhouse, the then Minister for Environment and Climate Change, on 19 March 2014 to discuss the Wildcat Haven project, including a wildcat education programme.
Dr O’Donoghue, wrote to Paul Wheelhouse, on 29 August 2014 seeking funding for the Wildcat Haven project. The Scottish Government responded on 10 September 2014 that it was unable to provide funding towards the Wildcat Haven Project as all of the funding resources for wildcats were already committed to the Scottish Natural Heritage Wildcat Conservation Action Plan.
In addition, Wildcat Haven, through their lawyers Clifford Chance, also wrote to Roseanna Cunningham Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, in May 2016 requesting a meeting to outline their concerns regarding the Scottish Wildcat Conservation Action Plan. The request for a meeting with the Cabinet Secretary was declined but an offer was made to Wildcat Haven to meet with officials instead. This offer was not taken up.