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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13001: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 24 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is on course to meet each of its objectives in A Land Use Strategy for Scotland 2016-2021, and what resources it has allocated to meet each objective.

Answered by: Roseanna Cunningham 5 December 2017

We are making progress on the policies and proposals put forward in the Land Use Strategy for Scotland 2016-2021, such as the publication of the Scoping an Upland Vision report from SNH on 31 July 2017 and the publication of the Scottish Land Rights and Responsibilities Statement on 28 September 2017. There has been a delay in publishing the reporting framework. In light of the EU referendum result, the Scottish Government is working on future strategic policy for the environment and for agriculture, and we will look to integrate this work with the further steps on the Land Use Strategy.

In terms of resources, it is not possible to identify a specific number of full-time equivalent staff contributing to the delivery of the Land Use Strategy for Scotland 2016-2020. The cross-portfolio nature of the objectives mean that a wide range of officials contribute to them, from various policy areas such as land reform, agriculture, climate change, planning and environment.