Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill call for views

The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee is seeking views on the Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill.

The Bill was introduced by the Scottish Government on 9 May 2013. The Bill aims to address issues in the Crofters (Scotland) Act 1993 arising from amendments made by the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Act 2010 which have left tenant and owner-occupier crofters not being treated equally in terms of their ability to decroft land. The Bill’s intention is therefore to amend the 1993 Act to resolve difficulties that owner-occupiers currently have when attempting to decroft land. A copy of the Bill and accompanying documents can be found at—

Crofting (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill

The Committee intends to take evidence on 15 and 22 May 2013 and to report to the Parliament by 31 May 2013.

The Committee would also welcome any views on the Financial Memorandum which accompanies the Bill.

How to submit written evidence

Evidence should be concise and typewritten in Word format.

The deadline for receipt of written submissions is Friday 17 May 2013. Owing to the timescale normally required for the processing and analysis of evidence, late submissions will only be accepted with the advance agreement of the clerk. The Committee prefers to receive written submissions electronically. These should be sent to:

You may also send a hard copy of written submissions to:

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee
Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

We welcome written evidence in any language.

Policy for Handling Written Evidence

Before you submit your written evidence, please ensure that you have read our policy on treatment of written evidence received by subject and mandatory committees (pdf 15kb). Written submissions will be handled in accordance with this policy.


For details about the Committee’s work on the Bill please contact Nick Hawthorne, Senior Assistant Clerk, 0131 348 5221.