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S5W-14353: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 February 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had regarding the amalgamation of the Forestry Commission, the Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate and Scottish Natural Heritage.

Answered by: Fergus Ewing 20 February 2018

The Scottish Government has had no discussions regarding the amalgamation of the Forestry Commission, the Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate and Scottish Natural Heritage. There will be no such amalgamation. The future organisational arrangements for forestry are set out in the "Forestry in Scotland" statement, published on 5 February 2018 and available at http://www.gov.scot/Topics/farmingrural/Forestry/completingdevolution/statement.