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Scottish Land & Estates, which represents land-based business across Scotland, today underlined its commitment to greater transparency in landownership.

Responding to a Scottish Government consultation on controlling interests in land, Scottish Land & Estates said it ‘appreciates and supports’ the rationale for transparency and openness.

David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: “We welcome the opportunity to place on record again our members’ support for transparency and openness.

“Our organisation’s Landowners’ Charter spells out the principles and responsibilities of modern landownership in Scotland and the need for all landowners to be open, inclusive, enabling and responsible.  Specifically, it calls for landowners to take all reasonable steps to ensure visibility of ownership and we have reaffirmed that in our response to this consultation.”

Scottish Land & Estates said that reform on transparency should not be bureaucratic or onerous and should avoid duplicating existing regulation.

“Our members have increasingly embraced transparency over the years and we’ll continue to do more in this area”, said David Johnstone. 


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