You’d be forgiven for thinking that land reform in Scotland is like waiting for a bus. Nothing happens for ages and then three inquiries turn up at roughly the same time to examine different aspects of this most contentious, complex and political of issues.
Yesterday saw the first stop in the UK Parliament Scottish Affairs Committee’s (SAC) inquiry into land reform with publication of its Interim Report. Next month the Scottish Government-appointed Land Reform Review Group (LRRG) will reach its final destination following publication of its much-anticipated Final Report. Meanwhile, the Scottish Government’s Agricultural Holdings Legislation Review Group will issue an Interim Report in June and a Final Report in December.
Nobody yet knows where this flurry of reviews will take land reform as an issue of public policy in Scotland in the medium to long term. But in a measured and clear Interim Report, the Scottish Affairs Committee has begun to map out its views on how that reform process might best progress on two distinct fronts. Continue reading