Date lodged: 26 April 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what the (a) remit, (b) function and (c) goals are of the National Council of Rural Advisers.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 10 May 2018
The National Council of Rural Advisors was established in June 2017 and:
a) Has a remit to advise Scottish Ministers on the economic implications of Brexit from a rural perspective, and to produce recommendations for a vibrant and sustainable rural economy;
b) Functions as an advisory, non-executive body, made up of members with rural expertise who participate as individuals who do not represent organisational representatives;
c) Has to date completed goals including a report (published in November 2017 http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2017/11/6792 ) on the potential impact of Brexit for the Scottish rural economy, and a programme of regional workshops in 2018. A final report will be published in due course.