Tavish has today criticised the Scottish Government’s lack of plans over the future transfer of control of the seabed to the Islands.
MSPs from Parliament’s Environment Committee questioned civil servants on the devolution of the Crown Estate on Tuesday morning.
The 2014 Smith Commission, of which Tavish was a member, recommended that local authorities and harbour authorities be given powers over the seabed.
Commenting, Tavish said:
“The Scottish Government, through their civil servants could have used today to lay out how control of the seabed will be transferred. They did not.
“They gave no indication of when Shetland is likely to benefit from local decision-making over the seabed. In fact, they poured heaps of North Sea cold water over the concept of local devolution.
“I am very concerned that transferring the powers over the seabed are not in any way an SNP priority. I will be writing to the Cabinet Secretary responsible asking whether she shares the same position and to question why her civil servants have not been instructed to get on with implementing the Smith Commission’s recommendation. This week Parliament could have heard what the government are doing about delivering the recommendation of the Smith Commission. Instead we learnt nothing. Ministers need to get a grip of this immediately.”