Section 14 — Rectification of the register

Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 – in the Scottish Parliament at 9:45 am on 1st July 2010.

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Photo of Alex Fergusson Alex Fergusson None 9:45 am, 1st July 2010

We now come to group 6. Amendment 42, in the name of the minister, is grouped with amendments 43 to 45, 47 and 48.

Photo of Roseanna Cunningham Roseanna Cunningham Scottish National Party

Amendments 42 to 45 are minor drafting amendments. Amendments 42 to 44 ensure that the keeper can rectify mistakes in the register that result from mistakes that are made by the commission when it is the applicant and is registering a croft for the first time. Amendments 45 and 48 ensure that the commission may be liable for costs that are incurred through the renotification of the first registration of a croft when it makes a mistake.

Amendment 47 provides that the keeper is not liable in indemnity where a person should have known at the time of registration of a mistake in the register, or where the loss is due to the person's own fraud or carelessness. It also prevents indemnity claims where there is a boundary discrepancy on the register that falls within accepted map discrepancy levels.

I move amendment 42.

Photo of John Scott John Scott Conservative

This group of amendments, which covers sections 14 and 14A on rectification of the register, are to be welcomed, as it appears that they further tidy up the process of registering and indemnities attached to the registration process if and when mistakes are made. Of course, we hope that mistakes will be few and far between, but at least an enhanced process will be in place to rectify and indemnify those mistakes if they occur.

Amendment 42 agreed to.

Amendments 43 and 44 moved—[Roseanna Cunningham]—and agreed to.

Amendment 159 not moved.