Legislative Programme

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:37 am on 16th June 1999.

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Photo of Keith Raffan Keith Raffan Liberal Democrat 11:37 am, 16th June 1999

I am failing to make progress only because I am giving way so generously to the SNP.

On the legislative programme, it is important that the bills will be timetabled. We will not debate five sections for 14 meetings and rush through the remaining 85 sections in one meeting as at Westminster. It is important that there should be much more considered debate on bills.

There are radical measures in the legislative programme that I welcome. I welcome land reform-no good landowner has anything to fear from the Government's proposals.

Dr Jackson initiated a valuable debate last week on the Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park. I am a list member for the large region of Mid Scotland and Fife, which includes Loch Lomond and the Trossachs-the Cairngorms lie at its north-eastern edge. I am concerned that legislation for each of the national parks should be tailor-made for their particular needs. It is important to have enabling legislation based on the principle of balancing economic development and conservation. As I said last week, it is also important that local people are involved in the management of the national parks.