Forestry and Land Management (Scotland) Bill
The Bill passed through Stage 3 in Holyrood on 20 March with unanimous support from MSPs. However the critical amendment for the forestry sector, introduced by Claudia Beamish MSP, was carried by 63 votes to 61.
The Scottish Government (SG) proposal was that the Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) should become a new agency called Forestry and Land Scotland. Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) with responsibility for policy, regulation, grants and licenses would become a new SG division within the Environment and Forestry Directorate.