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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-16221: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

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.