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June 18, 2014

Minister’s speech adds momentum

Earlier this month, Sabhal Mor Ostaig on the Isle of Skye provided the stunning backdrop to what land campaigner Andy Wightman described as the most significant speech on land reform from a Scottish Government Minister since Donald Dewer’s McEwan Lecture in 1998. Paul Wheelhouse, Minister for the Environment and Climate Change was giving the Government’s first considered response to the Land Reform Review Group Final Report. He describes Scotland as being on a journey to deliver land reform. How far and fast that journey is travelled remains to be seen, but there’s already a commitment to new legislation. 



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On 7 June  2014, the Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Paul Wheelhouse MSP, addressed the Annual Conference of Community Land Scotland at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig on the Isle of Skye. In the most significant speech on land reform since Donald Dewar’s McEwen Lecture in 1998, he provided the Scottish Government’s first substantial reaction to the report of the Land Reform Review Group which was published on 23 May 2014. The text of his speech is reproduced here