Commenting on the announcement by the Scottish Government that they were now going to create a public Register of the people who really own Scotland, Community Land Scotland said,
“Given where we were a week ago, when the Scottish Government seemed to be saying they were yet to be convinced this was possible, today’s announcement is clearly a breakthrough and obviously a significant step in the right direction.
“We would much prefer if this issue were completely provided for within the Land Reform Bill itself, and we have designed an amendment to the Bill to try and allow that happen. None the less, we will work with the Scottish Government on their proposed approach of giving Ministers a power to take action through enacting of Regulations after the passage of the Bill to deliver the Register. It is good to see a clear intention to act on this.
“As ever, the devil will be in the detail and we will be looking for certainty in this Bill that any Regulation making power will deliver what is needed. We will see how the detail develops before we make a final judgement, and we will seek to influence that detail over the coming few weeks.
“It is clear, however, that where we are today is in a significantly better place than we were on this issue just ten days ago and there is all to play for to get means to deliver the transparency people want to see on who really owns Scotland.”