Land Reform (Scotland) Bill

 

Outcome: W

A Bill for an An Act of the Scottish Parliament to make provision for a land rights and responsibilities statement; to establish the Scottish Land Commission, provide for its functions and the functions of the Land Commissioners and the Tenant Farming Commissioner; to make provision about access to, and provision of, information about owners and controllers of land; to make provision about engaging communities in decisions relating to land; to enable certain persons to buy land to further sustainable development; to make provision for non-domestic rates to be levied on shootings and deer forests; to make provision about the change of use of common good land; to make provision about the management of deer on land; to make provision about access rights to land; to amend the law on agricultural holdings to provide for a new form of agricultural tenancy, to remove the requirement to register before tenants of certain holdings can exercise a right to buy, to provide a new power of sale where a landlord is in breach of certain obligations, to provide about rent reviews, to expand the list of the persons to whom holdings can be assigned or bequeathed and to whom holdings can be transferred on intestacy and to make provision about landlords’ objections to such successor tenants, to provide for a 2 year amnesty period in relation to certain improvements carried out by tenants, and to provide for notice of certain improvements proposed by landlords; and for connected purposes

Current Status of the Bill

This Scottish Government Bill was introduced on 22 June 2015.

The Bill was passed by the Parliament on 16 March 2016 and received Royal Assent on 22 March 2016.

Stage 1

Lead Committee: Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment

Dates of consideration by lead Committee:

2 September 2015 (evidence)

16 September 2015 (evidence)

30 September 2015 (evidence)

8 October 2015 (evidence)

2 November 2015 (evidence)

4 November 2015 (evidence)

25 November 2015

26 November 2015

2 December 2015

13 January 2016

 

Dates of consideration by other Committees:

1 September 2015 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform)

15 September 2015 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform)

23 September 2015 (Finance)

29 September 2015 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform)

6 October 2015 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform)

28 October 2015 (Finance)

1 December 2015 (Delegated Powers and Law Reform)

Link to Report at Stage 1 by Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

Link to Finance Committee report on Financial Memorandum

 

Stage 2

Link to Minute of proceedings at Stage 2 (Day 1)

Link to Official Report of proceedings at Stage 2 (Day 1)

Link to Minute of proceedings at Stage 2 (Day 2)

Link to Official Report of proceedings at Stage 2 (Day 2)

Link to Minute of proceedings at Stage 2 (Day 3)

Link to Official Report of proceedings at Stage 2 (Day 3)

Link to Minute of proceedings at Stage 2 (Day 4)

Link to Official Report of proceedings at Stage 2 (Day 4)

Link to Report on Bill as Amended at Stage 2 by Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

 

 

After Passing

The Bill received Royal Assent on 22 April 2016.