National Park

Question Time — scottish executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 9th December 1999.

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Photo of George Lyon George Lyon Liberal Democrat 2:30 pm, 9th December 1999

To ask the Scottish Executive when a decision is to be taken on the boundaries of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park. (S1O-811)

Photo of Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack Labour

The enabling legislation will be brought forward early next year. Once it has received royal assent, we will prepare, after full consultation, a designation order to set up a national park in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs, and set its boundaries. The order will be subject to approval as normal by the Scottish Parliament.

Photo of George Lyon George Lyon Liberal Democrat

Will the minister look favourably on the submissions, when they come forward, to include Argyll forest park as part of the Loch Lomond and Trossachs national park when the consultation phase is over?

Photo of Sarah Boyack Sarah Boyack Labour

I would be happy to consider representations from different areas on whether they want to be included or excluded in the national park's boundaries.

I am happy to announce that I have asked Scottish Natural Heritage to continue its work on both areas of potential national park status and to take forward discussions with local stakeholders and interest groups. It seems appropriate that those discussions could continue in the area that George Lyon has described.