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Land Reform (Scotland) Act 2016

Section 11 – Eligibility for appointment

21.Land matters are complex and multi-faceted. Therefore, to ensure that there is a range of expertise in the Commission, subsection (1) places a duty on the Scottish Ministers to have regard to the overall expertise of the members of the Commission in—

  • Land reform

  • Law

  • Finance

  • Economic issues

  • Planning and development

  • Land management

  • Community empowerment

  • Environmental issues

  • Human rights

  • Equal opportunities

  • The reduction of inequalities of outcome which result from socio-economic disadvantage.

22.Subsection (1)(b) requires the Scottish Ministers to encourage equal opportunities and the observance of the equal opportunity requirements.

23.Subsection (2) requires Ministers, when appointing the Land Commissioners, to take every reasonable step to ensure that at least one of them speaks the Gaelic language.

24.Subsection (3) requires Ministers to ensure that the Tenant Farming Commissioner has the necessary expertise or experience in relation to agriculture.

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