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Scottish Parliament: Land Settlement (Scotland) Act 1919 (23 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: Will the First Minister promote community and co-operative forms of ownership as part of the land reform agenda in the next session of the Scottish Parliament? We have seen many community renewables projects across the country, and, with the opportunities in the new Land Reform (Scotland) Bill, let us see opportunities open up to our urban communities, too, so that there is democratic...

Scottish Parliament: Food (17 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: I welcome the Scottish food coalition’s important set of policy asks in advance of the Scottish Parliament elections. The fact that the group is a coalition of environmental campaigners, anti-poverty campaigners, trade unions, farming and food producers gives us the impetus to think across the political agenda about food poverty, food quality and accessibility to food. That means that we...

Scottish Parliament: Food (17 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: No, thank you. That is why Scottish Labour has campaigned so strongly for the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board to be retained. The board is crucial to preventing the exploitation of vulnerable workers, whether that is for isolated workers in our rural communities, or in the particular challenge of protecting migrant workers. It has also been important in focusing on health and safety because...

Scottish Parliament: Food (17 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: I also welcome the sustainable food cities initiative and I want to link in the work that is being done by our allotment-growing networks. Let us look at challenging what is being done for the future. A lot of work needs to be done. I would like to see food growing in our schools and in our hospitals, linking in to the eco schools movement and the community orchards movement. We need to think...

Scottish Parliament: Food (17 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: It is the interconnection between that range of issues that will deliver on the fantastic work that is being done by the food coalition.

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: I note that the minister’s health is not 100 per cent, and I inform her that I have written out all my speeches in draft, so that if my voice goes, Claudia Beamish can stand in. I hope that it will not get to that point today, in what will clearly be a marathon session. I very much welcome the land rights and responsibilities statement, which will help in implementing the legislation....

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: For the Labour group in Parliament, the strengthening of the human rights underpinning of the bill is incredibly important, because it provides the context for the detail of the bill that comes thereafter and the framework by which people will interpret implementation of the bill. It is also important in recording that community rights need to sit alongside our rights as individuals....

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: The amendments in the group go to the heart of our ambitions for the bill. In our committee stage 1 report on the bill, there was cross-party support for a stronger framework of transparency. That is why, at stage 2, the committee supported removing the original wording in the bill and supported Graeme Dey’s amendment 30, while members lodged their own amendments to strengthen the nature...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: I very much welcome the minister’s acceptance of the intention behind and the detail of amendment 34A, and I will certainly press it. With brief reference to the other amendments in the group, both in my name and in the names of others, I note that Mike Russell said that work will produce good legislation. We all agree with that; indeed, that is our point in setting a timetable for the next...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: An issue that the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee raised in our consultation on the Scottish Government’s draft proposals was the need to take evidence from communities about the effectiveness of the guidance that will sit alongside the legislation. A clear lesson from the Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2003 was that the guidance did not always assist communities in the...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: I welcome the comments from members across the chamber. I think that we all broadly agree on the importance of the amendments. I press amendment 57, and I hope to press amendment 58 as well. Amendment 57 agreed to. Amendment 58 moved—[Sarah Boyack]—and agreed to. Amendment 59 moved—[Paul Wheelhouse]—and agreed to. Section 43—Provisions supplementary to section 42

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: I am very grateful to the Presiding Officer’s team for agreeing to select amendment 72 for debate. The genesis of the amendment was my experience visiting town centres and speaking to local authority colleagues about why they are not able to regenerate areas, improve the quality of shopping, and get housing back into use. [Interruption.]

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: The reply that they invariably gave was that that inability is due to the lack of effective powers being available to them to force action. It is an issue on which the land reform review group recommended action be taken, and I raised it during the passage of the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Bill last year. A range of organisations have worked hard to get the issue further up the...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: I seek Parliament’s agreement to withdraw amendment 72. I very much appreciate the response from the minister. We will spare Alex Fergusson the difficulty of having to abstain on the matter. The subject of amendment 72 is a big issue that sits between land reform, community empowerment and the whole matter of the powers that our local authorities have. There are so many town centres that...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: It is very welcome that Patrick Harvie has lodged this amendment. It gives us the chance to discuss its merits as part of the overall package that we need to consider in order to bring land back into productive use, and the general issue of how we broaden local government funding. Given the crisis that we now face in local government funding, we need options for the future. We are very...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: We need a debate on the issue that amendment 115 covers. I have been pursuing it since our discussions on the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 and I think that it is unfinished business. Section 71 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 provides that “for the purposes of any of their functions under this or any other enactment, a local authority may be authorised by the...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: I see that I will not get a majority on the issue. In one sense I am reassured by the minister’s words. I am well aware of the food-growing strategy provision and that there is huge support for allotments, with waiting lists for allotments across the country. I am less reassured by the question mark that the minister placed over the ambition that local authorities should be able...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: As Graeme Dey acknowledged, I raised this issue at stage 2 because I had been contacted—as had other colleagues—by the Scottish Agricultural Arbiters and Valuers Association and the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers. They were strongly of the view that the bill needed to incorporate more and better forms of dispute resolution. That view is something that makes sense and has...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: That certainly is not the intent behind amendment 131. CAAV and SAAVA are very much of the view that we should add this set of options. One of the difficulties of moving amendments at stage 3 is that it is difficult to have a more probing discussion, which may be more suited to stage 2. I certainly acknowledge that. However, following stage 2 we did not get the response that would have...

Scottish Parliament: Land Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2016)

Sarah Boyack: I think that we are all trying to get to the same place. After the bill is passed, will the cabinet secretary publish something that sets out the circumstances in which people can take different options, whether we are talking about mediation, arbitration or the Land Court? Could we have guidance that brings together all the different pieces of legislation on the issue and the different...


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