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LANDOWNERS STATEMENT ON THE ANDREW STODDART CASE

Scottish Land & Estates today welcomed the agreement between Mr Andrew Stoddart and the Colstoun Trust.

David Johnstone, chairman of Scottish Land & Estates, said: " We are pleased that agreement has been reached between the Trust and Mr Stoddart and we are aware there was a willingness on the part of the landlord to deal with the issues involved. It is a great pity that this case was surrounded by so much ill-informed rhetoric. It was very regrettable that Mr Stoddart was, as were other tenants in Scotland, given false hope by defective legislation brought forward by the then Scottish Executive many years ago. Both landlords and tenants continue to be affected by the consequences and we would appeal for very careful consideration of complex agricultural legislation which forms part of the current Land Reform Bill."

 

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