This report concludes that any government which is serious about land reform needs full and clear information on existing land ownership and values made widely available. Scotland lags behind most comparable European countries in providing such data, and the Committee calls on the Scottish and UK Governments to address this as a priority. Scotland is also behind other countries in terms of the openness and ease of land transactions. Land reform is an important, neglected and intensely political area of public policy and the Committee is expanding this enquiry more widely than originally envisaged. Evidence is sought from interested parties on a number of topics including: state aid; the Scottish Government's Land Reform Review Group; community land ownership; and opaque and indirect ownership by front companies, trusts and offshore entitiesProfessor David Adams added a note of caution, however, telling us the value of land is not always reflected in the price paid for it: [...] the difference between price and value needs to be much clearer. For example, one of the issues is theanbsp;...
|Title||:||House of Commons - Scottish Affairs Committee: Land Reform in Scotland: Interim Report - HC 877|
|Author||:||Great Britain: Parliament: House of Commons: Scottish Affairs Committee, Ian Davidson|
|Publisher||:||The Stationery Office - 2014-03-20|