Surveys are currently being sent to every tenant farmer in Scotland. Responses are intended to inform the work of the Agricultural Holdings Legislation review. The review, which was set up in Autumn 2013 and is led by Rural Affairs Secretary Richard Lochhead, aims to examine and reform existing agricultural legislation to achieve the overall goal of a farming sector that is "dynamic, gets the best from the land and provides opportunities for new entrants, forming part of a sustainable future for Scottish farming". The review is, amongst other things, considering the introduction of an absolute right to buy for secure 1991 Act agricultural tenancies.
The surveys are being sent to every farm business that rent land on leases for more than one year, and seeks to find out more about the experiences of those working in the tenanted farming sector at the same time as inviting views on the sector's future.
A corresponding Landlord survey is to follow in due course.
The final closing date for responses is 10 March 2014. More information on the survey, and the Agricultural Holdings review, can be found on the Scottish Government's website.