Scottish Land & Estates has submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on Stage 1 of the Regulatory Reform Bill. The Bill aims to streamline the regulatory process and includes proposals to introduce a range of new enforcement tools aimed at preventing cases reaching the courts.
The Regulatory Reform Bill is generally to be welcomed since it aims to streamline regulation and embed sustainable economic development principles within the regulatory framework. Scottish Land & Estates in its written evidence to the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee on the Environmental Regulation part of the Bill has highlighted concerns however about the open and unspecific nature of the proposed provisions. We would like clarity on the “relevant offences” for example that would be likely to attracted fixed and variable penalties (as opposed to proceeding to court) and the types of offences that would be likely to result in a publicity order being applied. The Bill also introduces vicarious liability for relevant offences, something we will be scrutinising closely. Scottish Land & Estates will be submitting further evidence on Parts 1, 3 and 4 of the Bill in early June.