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Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee 18 December 2018 [Draft] : 18 December 2018 View PDF version
Colin Beattie (Midlothian North and Musselburgh) (SNP)

According to various submissions that the committee has received, about £15 million is spent every year on core business gateway services across Scotland. Surpris...

Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee 18 December 2018 [Draft] : 18 December 2018 View PDF version
Colin Beattie

What do you mean when you say that you “monitor” it?

Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee 18 December 2018 [Draft] : 18 December 2018 View PDF version
Colin Beattie

But do you measure budget against spend, whether the areas are still within their budgets, whether the money is being spent effectively and so on?

Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee 18 December 2018 [Draft] : 18 December 2018 View PDF version
Colin Beattie

So why do you monitor the spend and budget?

Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee 18 December 2018 [Draft] : 18 December 2018 View PDF version
Colin Beattie

For what purpose?

Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee 18 December 2018 [Draft] : 18 December 2018 View PDF version
Colin Beattie

But you do not know that, really, because the local organisations are apparently autonomous.

Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee 18 December 2018 [Draft] : 18 December 2018 View PDF version
Colin Beattie

Okay. What do you mean when you say that monitoring the spend and budget tells you where you are?

Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee 18 December 2018 [Draft] : 18 December 2018 View PDF version
Colin Beattie

I am struggling to see the use of having a figure that does not really take you anywhere or does not do anything.

Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee 18 December 2018 [Draft] : 18 December 2018 View PDF version
Colin Beattie

Yes, but I had hoped to drill a bit deeper into the spend.

Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee 18 December 2018 [Draft] : 18 December 2018 View PDF version
Colin Beattie

Okay. Do you think that business gateway’s funding should be ring fenced?

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