Liberal Democrat rural affairs spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today applauded cross-party efforts which saw the Scottish Government defeated in its attempt to place extensive powers on forestry directly under Ministerial control.
Mr Rumbles said:
“The move to absorb decision making powers on forestry into the civil service shouldn’t have come as a surprise as it follows the SNP’s usual ill-thought through impulses to centralise power.
“We must be careful not to jeopardise years of knowledge and expertise built up in the forestry sector, which is so central to the success of our rural economy and forestry development in Scotland.
“Opposition parties have united today to curb the power ambitions of SNP ministers. In doing so they have offered welcome protections to a strong and effective forestry agency.”