A study commissioned by Scottish ministers into the future of the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS) first established by Royal Warrant in 1908, has found that RCAHMS should be merged with Historic Scotland. The report suggests that a merger with Historic Scotland offers the "greatest potential" for the future of the body and that the status quo for the body was "not desirable". The Option Appraisal Report can be found here:- http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2012/07/5774
Fiona Hyslop, the Scottish Government's cabinet secretary for culture and external affairs, is now seeking a business case in greater detail for the merger, including issues such as VAT. RCAHMS presently receives Scottish Government funding of £4million a year.
RCAHMS identifies, surveys and analyses the historic and built environment of Scotland and has a duty defined in statute to record listed buildings and buildings in conservation areas for which permission to demolish or part-demolish has been granted under the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997. RCAHMS also provides information to the Ordnance Survey for updating antiquities depicted on its map series.
Scottish Land and Estates will be one of the key stakeholders consulted in the coming weeks regarding the possibility of a merger between these two bodies including what improvements may be sought."