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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00122: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 18 May 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the suspension of the Mangersta grazing committee on the Isle of Lewis and whether it has a role to play in the mediation of this matter.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 26 May 2016

The Crofting Commission is a public body which operates at arm’s length from the Scottish Ministers. The commission operates on a day-to-day basis independently of the government, and the Scottish Government does not comment on individual regulatory decisions taken by the commission.

In addition to the commission’s own procedure in relation to complaints, there is a prescribed legal route in respect of challenges to any of its decisions.

The Scottish Government engages productively with the commission and other crofting stakeholders on crofting policy and regulation, particularly through the Crofting Stakeholder Forum, where a range of bodies with an interest in crofting, including the Crofting Commission, are represented.