Rural Affairs committee to quiz Ministers on Land Reform in Dumfries

 

Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead and his deputy Dr Aileen Mcleod will be quizzed by members of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs Committee on Monday (2nd November) when they will be holding a special session of the Committee in Dumfries.

The Committee have been holding a number of committee meetings and evidence gathering sessions around the country and the meeting on Monday will be the first time that Scottish Government Ministers will be quizzed on the Government’s Land Reform Bill.

Monday’s events should prove to be a fascinating meeting for anyone who is interested in the Land Reform Bill and how it will impact on communities.  The Rural Affairs Committee, of which I am a member, have been travelling the length and breadth of Scotland gathering evidence on the impact of the Government’s proposals.  However the meeting on Monday will be the first time that we get to quiz Scottish Government ministers and the evidence we have gathered to date will be very much at the forefront of our discussions.

Good landowners, in my view, have nothing to fear from updating Land Reform legislation but the Bill will be a backstop for tenants and communities who have experienced cases where land has been poorly managed.  Communities can work together and under this legislation they will have more powers buy their land and make it sustainable for the long term.

There will be a Public Q and A with the Committee, from 14:00 – 15:30 in the Empire Suite, Parkhouse Conference Centre at the Cairndale Hotel which will be followed by the Committee Meeting, from 17:00 – 21:00 in the Easterbrook Hall, The Crichton, Dumfries, DG1 4TA.  To attend members of the public can phone the bookings hotline at the Scottish Parliament on 0131 348 5200 or email sp.bookings@scottish.parliament.uk.

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