22 April 1998
SLF and NFU in talks on co-operation

THE National Farmers Union (NFU) and the Scottish Landowners Federation appear to have forged a spirit of co-operation, reports The Scotsman.

The two groups met yesterday and agreed on a wide range of issues, according to NFU president George Lyon. These included the beef ban, the strength of Sterling and landlord tenant issues.

They have agreed to meat several times in the coming year. Among the most important topics for the two organisations is reform of the landlord/tenant system.

Both parties want to be in a position in a years time to persuade the Scottish Office to introduce legislation to change this system when the new parliament convenes in Edinburgh.

Lyon stressed that any new Agricultural Holdings Act should not be retrospective regarding existing secure tenancies.

  • The Scotsman 22/04/98 page 30