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RURAL AFFAIRS, CLIMATE CHANGE AND ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE AGENDA 26th Meeting, 2015 (Session 4) Monday 7 September 2015 The Committee will meet at 10.00 am in Aros Centre, Portree, Skye. 1.

Land Reform (Scotland) Bill The Committee will take evidence on Parts 1-5, and Part 7, of the Bill at Stage 1 from— Malcolm Combe, Lecturer in Law, School of Law, University of Aberdeen; Andy Wightman, independent researcher; Steven Thomson, Senior Agricultural Economist, Land Economy, Environment and Society Research Group, Scotland's Rural College; Dr. Jill Robbie, Lecturer in Private Law, University of Glasgow; and then from— Sarah-Jane Laing, Director of Policy and Parliamentary Affairs, Scottish Land and Estates; Peter Peacock, Policy Director, Community Land Scotland; Archie Rintoul, Senior Vice Chair, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors; Andrew McCornick, Vice President, National Farmers' Union Scotland; Pete Ritchie, Executive Director, Nourish Scotland; Andrew Prendergast, Development Officer, Plunkett Foundation Scotland; John King, Business Development Director, Registers of Scotland; Fiona Mandeville, Chair, Scottish Crofting Federation;

RACCE/S4/15/26/A and then from— Rachel Bromby, Managing Agent, Cawdor Estate; John Glen, Chief Executive, Buccleuch Estates.

Lynn Tullis Clerk to the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee Room T3.40 The Scottish Parliament Edinburgh Tel: 0131 348 5240 Email: [email protected]


Land Reform (Scotland) Bill Introduction 1. The Land Reform (Scotland) Bill1 was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 22 June 2015. The Bill was accompanied by Explanatory Notes2, which include a Financial Memorandum; a Policy Memorandum3; and a Delegated Powers Memorandum4. 2. Subsequently, the Scottish Government published an Equality Impact Assessment5 and a Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment6 of the Bill. 3. Under Rule 9.6 of Standing Orders, the Parliamentary Bureau referred the Bill to the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment (RACCE) Committee to consider and report on the general principles. 4. No secondary committee was appointed to scrutinise the Bill. However, the Finance Committee will consider the Financial Memorandum to the Bill, and the Delegated Powers and Law Reform (DPLR) Committee will consider the Delegated Powers Memorandum, and both committees will subsequently report their views to the RACCE Committee. Background to the Bill 5. On 2 December 2014 the Scottish Government published its document - A Consultation on the Future of Land Reform in Scotland7 and the consultation closed on 10 February 2015. 6. The consultation was predominantly a result of the work of the Land Reform Review Group, which was established by the Scottish Government in 2012 and chaired by Dr Alison Elliot, with a remit to review the need for land reform in Scotland to report to the Scottish Government. The final report of the Group was published on 23 May 2014 and contained 62 recommendations. These recommendations were included as an annexe to the land reform consultation, and were updated to state what action the Scottish Government was taking on each of them. 7. However, the consultation also sought views on the recommendations made by the Scottish Government’s Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review, a process which had been running concurrently with the review of land reform issues throughout this session of Parliament. The Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review, which was


Land Reform (Scotland) Bill, as introduced (SP Bill 76, Session 4 (2015)). Land Reform (Scotland) Bill. Explanatory Notes (and other accompanying documents) (SP Bill 76EN, Session 4 (2015)). 3 Land Reform (Scotland) Bill. Policy Memorandum (SP Bill 76-PM, Session 4 (2015)). 4 Land Reform (Scotland) Bill. Delegated Powers Memorandum (SP Bill 76-DPM, Session 4 (2015)). 5 Land Reform (Scotland) Bill. Equality Impact Assessment. 6 Land Reform (Scotland) B