Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2018-19

 

About the Inquiry

The main focus of that work is to scrutinise the budgets of the enterprise agencies - Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

The Committee took evidence from the enterprise agencies at its meeting on 12 September.

The Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Constitution on 14 September:

The Cabinet Secretary responded on 7 October:

At that session, the Committee asked Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise about its business plans and spending for 2017-18. Read the business plans.

Read the Annual Report of Scottish Enterprise.

Read the Highlands and Islands Enterprise report.

On 19 October the Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary on the Gender Pay Gap and Women in Enterprise.

On 7 December the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work replied, providing further information on Scottish Government spend allocated to the Women in Enterprise Framework and on tackling the gender pay gap.

On 24 October the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work provided written evidence on infrastructure investment.

On 15 November the Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work.

The Cabinet Secretary responded on 14 December.

On 20 November, Scottish Enterprise provided supplementary information to the Committee.

On 30 November Scottish Enterprise's Chief Financial Officer wrote to the Committee to provide an update to the supplementary information provided on 20 November.

On 7 December Audit Scotland provided a written briefing to the Committee.

The draft budget for 2018/19 will be published in mid-December.

Evidence

The Committee invited Existing Homes Alliance Scotland to submit written evidence on the previous spend on energy efficiency - and outcomes achieved as a result of that spending - and what should be included in the forthcoming budget. This submission has been endorsed by WWF Scotland.

The Committee wrote to Women’s Enterprise Scotland seeking its views on funding made available for the Women in Enterprise Framework and the outcomes of that spending.

The Committee invited Energy Action Scotland to submit written evidence on the previous spend on energy efficiency - and outcomes achieved as a result of that spending - and what should be included in the forthcoming budget.

The Committee received a submission from Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland.

After its meeting on Tuesday 28 November, the Committee wrote to the individual Chambers of Commerce.

Correspondence

On 8 January, the Cabinet Secretary wrote to the Committee to follow up on the evidence session on 19 December.

On 11 January the Convener wrote to the Convener of the Finance and Constitution Committee.

 
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