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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01532: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 15 July 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to introduce a land reform Bill and, if so, when.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 2 August 2016

The focus of the Scottish Government’s work on land reform is on implementing the provisions of the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016, which received Royal Assent on 22 April 2016, and on our commitment to promote and facilitate community land ownership across the whole of Scotland.

Some of the provisions in the Act have already been commenced and our next implementation steps include appointing Scottish Land Commissioners by the end of 2016 and having a Scottish Land Commission operational by April 2017, the publication of a draft Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement for consultation this autumn before laying it before the Scottish Parliament in autumn 2017, publishing guidance in 2017 for landlords on how to engage with community groups, and consulting this summer on a register of persons with controlling interests in landowners and tenants, before laying draft Regulations in the Scottish Parliament.

There are no plans to introduce another Land Reform Bill to the Scottish Parliament at this stage.