Crofting Commission (Employment)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 27th February 2020.

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Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

1. To ask the Scottish Government how many people are employed by the Crofting Commission. (S5O-04179)

Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

The Crofting Commission currently has a staff of 55. None of them is employed directly by the commission. Two are temporary staff provided by an agency and all the others are Scottish Government staff on secondment.

Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

Despite my constituency having more than a third of all crofts in Scotland, the Crofting Commission can often seem a long way away. What consideration can the Scottish Government give to relocating any jobs or moving any vacant posts at the Crofting Commission to the Western Isles, where they could, perhaps, be closer to the crofting communities that they serve?

Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

Dr Allan has been raising this matter with me for some time on behalf of his constituents. As a result, I agree that it should be considered and I have already had preliminary discussions with officials. I have asked officials to explore the matter further with the Crofting Commission and its board and I will discuss it with the board when I meet it later in the year. I am always looking for ways to strengthen the links between the Crofting Commission and the communities that it serves.