Date lodged: 7 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what impact the establishment of a new national park would have on tourism and conservation.
Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 15 December 2016
While the Scottish Government recognises the important contribution our existing National Parks make to tourism, conservation and the wider Scottish economy, any new national parks would incur significant costs. At a time of pressures on public finances, we do not believe that it is right to raise expectations regarding the designation of new national parks. We will therefore continue to focus our support on our existing Parks so that they can continue their track record of success.