ECCLR Draft Budget 2018-19 Call for Evidence

Call for Written Evidence

Budget background

The Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee has today (Friday 6 October) launched a call for written evidence from all interested parties as part of its consideration of the Scottish Government 's Draft Budget 2018-19.

The yearly budget process requires all committees to consider the draft budgets relevant to their particular remits and to report to the Finance Committee. While the Draft Budget is not expected to be laid until later in the year, the Committee is undertaking pre-budget scrutiny in advance of its introduction.

Focus on spending outcomes

The Committee has agreed to concentrate its scrutiny of the budget on the outcomes of the spending on research and the extent to which these outcomes have met the Scottish Government’s national objectives. This approach will look back at outcomes achieved to date and look forward to the 2020-21 spending period.  The Committee will also review the work of Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) and the Scottish Government’s Marine Scotland directorate. 

The Committee is specifically looking for responses to address how the research budget has contributed to the Scottish Government’s national objectives from 2011 and whether the success of meeting these objectives may have been affected by a declining budget over a number of years and the need to respond to new challenges and changing priorities.

How to submit evidence

To allow the Committee to take account of any views received, submissions should be sent no later than Friday 3 November 2017. They should be submitted electronically (preferably in plain text Word format) to:
ecclr.committee@parliament.scot

Responses should be concise and a maximum of four sides of A4.  Please use the template provided below to assist with analysis and publication.

Template for Submissions Draft Budget 2018-19

Please see the following link for further information on how the Committee treats evidence received in writing in response to calls for evidence and any subsequent correspondence: http://www.parliament.scot/help/31037.aspx

Next steps:

The Committee may decide to undertake oral evidence sessions in November/December, based on a review of the evidence received. The Committee will then hear from the Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform once the budget is published, before reporting to the Finance Committee in early January 2017.