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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13546: Edward Mountain (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 19 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is considering rebranding the Forestry Commission in Scotland and, if so, how many staff are employed with this; what their terms of reference and remit are, and when they will report their conclusions to ministers.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 12 January 2018

As set out in the Policy Memorandum (paragraph 66) and the Financial Memorandum (paragraphs 44 and 45) for the Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill, there will need to be some rebranding of Forestry Commission Scotland and Forest Enterprise Scotland assets on completion of the devolution of forestry.

The approach will be proportionate and low-cost, the activity will be spread over a period of time and it will make maximum use of existing allocated budgets for the usual replacement of assets such as vehicles and signage on the National Forest Estate. It is anticipated that any additional costs can be subsumed within the overall budget provision.

Three existing members of staff in Forest Enterprise Scotland are, as part of their current responsibilities, contributing to this work. A design graduate placement has also been established in Forest Enterprise Scotland, to provide an opportunity for a new entrant to gain first-hand experience in the development process of a new visual brand.

This work falls under the auspices of the Forestry Devolution Programme, which has been established to oversee all work related to completing the devolution of forestry.