MPs to visit Western Isles

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Members of the Scottish Affairs Committee will visit the Western Isles this week in connection with its inquiry into the Crown Estate in Scotland, from Wednesday 21 September until Saturday 24 September.

Ian Davidson MP, chair of the committee, said, “Following our successful visit to the Highlands and Islands in June this year, members of our committee will be in Tiree, Barra and Lewis to hear directly from local communities and businesses.

“We want to hear firsthand about the relationship between local communities and the Crown Estate, particularly about how the Crown Estate can best act in the public’s interest.

“We are also keen to explore aspects relating to our inquiries into health and safety in Scotland and supporting Scotland’s economy. We are especially interested to hear about the viability of small businesses on the isles in the current economic climate.”

On Thursday the committee will hold meetings with the community landowners on South Uist, Eriskay and Benbecula.

They will also visit Ardveenish Pier and Barratlantic, Community Projects in Barra and South Uist and HS9 (an off-shore cabling storage project).

On Friday the will meet with Southern Hebrides Against Marine Environmental Designations (Barra), representatives from the aquaculture and fisheries sector, Community Land Scotland.

They will also be given a tour of Stornoway Harbour and the Creative Industries Media Centre.

 On Saturday they are due to meet with the Galson Trust and a discussion on Crofting, Harris Tweed, Digital Connectivity and Creative Industries with industry representatives.