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Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 24 – Functions of the Tenant Farming Commissioner

54.This section makes provision about the functions of the Tenant Farming Commissioner.

55.Subsection (1) sets out the functions of the Tenant Farming Commissioner

56.Subsection (2) places a duty on the Tenant Farming Commissioner to exercise their functions with a view to encouraging good relations between landlords and tenants of agricultural holdings.

57.Subsection (3) places a duty on the Scottish Ministers to review the functions of the Tenant Farming Commissioner within three years of this section coming into force and to publish the findings of the review.

58.Subsection (4) requires Scottish Ministers, when carrying out a review of the Tenant Farming Commissioner’s functions, to seek and have regard to, the views of the Commissioner on the operation of the Commissioner’s functions and, in particular, on the question of whether the Commissioner has sufficient powers to carry out his or her duties. Scottish Ministers must also seek views from any other persons appearing to Ministers to have an interest in the Commissioner’s functions (i.e. stakeholders within the tenant agricultural sector such as tenants, landlords and groups that represent them.)

59.Subsection (5) gives the Scottish Ministers the power to make regulations to amend, remove or add to the functions of the Tenant Farming Commissioner.

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