Date lodged: 14 March 2019
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-21874 by Rosanna Cunningham on 12 March 2019, on what date it expects the (a) Joint Nature Conservation Committee report to be published and (b) the UK report to be submitted to the European Commission, and, if the UK report is not submitted to the commission because of Brexit, whether it will independently publish the Scottish National Heritage contribution to it.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 26 March 2019
The Scottish Government expects the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) to submit the UK report to the European Commission at the end of April 2019. Following this, it is anticipated that the report will be published by the JNCC in September 2019.
We do not anticipate that the prospect of the UK exiting the European Union will prevent the submission of the JNCC report to the European Commission. However, in the event that it is not submitted, we will consider with the JNCC and the other UK administrations whether the UK report could be published. We would also consider with Scottish Natural Heritage whether their contribution to the UK report would be published.