Parliamentary Questions tabled by David Stewart MSP , mentioned in the news release

Scottish Government confirms London City Bankers dreamt up idea for forest leasing proposals 11/02/2009

 

Forestry

9 February 2009

David Stewart : To ask the Scottish Executive from where the proposal to lease parts of the national forest estate originated.

Michael Russell: There are examples of leasing public forest land in a number of other countries, including New Zealand, Canada and Australia. Also, a National Audit Office report in 1998 on the disposal of Forestry Commission land said that leasing could help protect public access and help rationalise the forest estate.

 

 

David Stewart : To ask the Scottish Executive who proposed that it enter into discussions with representatives of Rothschild regarding the national forest estate.

Michael Russell: Rothschild approached the Scottish Government with ideas about the national forest estate.

 

 

David Stewart : To ask the Scottish Executive who agreed to its discussions with representatives of Rothschild regarding the national forest estate.

Michael Russell: The Scottish Government is always open to consider constructive new ideas.

 

David Stewart : To ask the Scottish Executive how many meetings or discussions it has had with representatives of Rothschild to discuss the national forest estate and who was present.

Michael Russell: Scottish ministers attended two meetings with Rothschild. Officials also attended a number of meetings. In total, six meetings were held, on 17 October 2007, 11 December 2007, 28 January 2008, 13 March 2008, 22 April 2008, and 24 July 2008.

 

David Stewart : To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the minutes or records of its meetings or discussions with representatives of Rothschild about the national forest estate.

Michael Russell: We will, of course, make information available that is releasable under the freedom of information legislation.

 

David Stewart : To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish any reports and advice received from representatives of Rothschild on the national forest estate.

Michael Russell: The only reports received remain the property of Rothschild and were prepared by them on the basis that they remain commercial in confidence.

 

David Stewart : To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the documentation that it holds regarding the possibility of leasing the national forest estate in relation to the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill and discussions it has had with representatives of Rothschild.

Michael Russell: We will, of course, make information available that is releasable under the freedom of information legislation.

 

David Stewart : To ask the Scottish Executive what the costs were of its meetings with representatives of Rothschild and of the reports and advice received regarding the national forest estate.

Michael Russell: No payment was made to Rothschild for providing advice about the national

 

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