Scottish Ministers and Alan Werritty correspondence concerning the Grouse Moor Management report: FOI release

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All drafts of the Werritty report into grouse moor management communicated between Prof Alan Werritty (or his team) and Scottish Government Ministers.

All correspondence between Scottish Government Ministers and the author (or his team), from the time of submission, and receipt of the first draft by Scottish Ministers, to the date of publication of the final report.


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