Glasgow visit: Crown Estate and Family Return Project

27 October 2011

The Scottish Affairs Committee holds public oral evidence sessions in relation to its inquiries into the Crown Estate in Scotland and The Family Return Project.

Crown Estate in Scotland evidence session

The Committee will hold an oral evidence session in Glasgow to discuss the 2007 report of the Crown Estate Review Working Group, as well as other issues relating to the Crown Estate and the work of the Crown Estate Commissioners.

Monday 31 October, 1.30 pm

In The Banqueting Hall, Glasgow City Chambers

1.30 pm

  • Brian Swinbanks, Chair, Tobermory Harbour Association
  • Robert Clement, Chairman, West Highland Anchorage and Moorings Association
  • Captain Ron Bailey, Harbour Master, Clydeport Operations Ltd


  • John Watt, Highland and Island Enterprise
  • Councillor Michael Foxley, Highland Council
  • Councillor Angus Campbell, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar
  • Councillor James Fourbister, Orkney Islands Council
  • Councillor Sandy Cluness, Shetland Island Council
  • Councillor Dick Walsh, Argyll and Bute Council

The Family Return Project evidence session

The Committee will also be taking this opportunity to hold a separate oral evidence session on The Family Return Project which was a partnership between the UK Border Agency (UKBA), Glasgow City Council Social Work Services, and the Scottish Executive.

The Family Return Project (FRP) was a pilot child-centred, residential programme designed to encourage asylum seeking families who have exhausted their appeal rights to take up a voluntary return to their home country.

It was established in Glasgow in June 2009 for a pilot of three years, following a similar pilot which ran for 12 months from November 2007 to October 2008 in Ashford, Kent.


  • Phil Taylor, Regional Director, Scotland and Northern Ireland, UK Border Agency.

Information on the Committee’s future meetings is available on the What’s On section of the Scottish Affairs Committee homepage.


Further Information

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