Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee
Work Programme 2020 (last updated on 22 April 2020)
The Committee is currently prioritising work which relates to COVID-19. We are keen to hear from you on the impact of COVID-19 on businesses, workers and the economy in Scotland. Please get in touch if you would like to share your views.
The Committee's most recent formal meeting took place on 24 March 2020 where it took evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture on COVID-19. Following the evidence session, the Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary.
The Committee had an informal remote meeting on 14 April and plans to have another informal remote meeting on 27 April. Following this informal meeting and in response to the comments we have received from businesses, the Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Chancellor to the Exchequer. This correspondence is on the COVID-19 inquiry page.
We will reflect information received from you in our future work looking at the support that is being made available to businesses and workers and other measures aimed at mitigating the impact of the virus. This will also be the focus of the Committee's scrutiny of the Scottish Government's budget.
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the Committee's work included the following items. We will continue to update this page —
The Committee published its Stage 1 report on the Consumer Scotland Bill on 28 December 2019. Stage 2 was considered on 25 February 2020. The date for Stage 3 was postponed and a new date is still to be confirmed.
The Committee has agreed to pause the call for views and plans for oral evidence on the Tied Pubs (Code and Adjudicator) (Scotland) Bill.
On 19 September, the Parliament agreed to the Committee’s proposal for a Committee bill on pre-release access by the Scottish Government to certain economic data. Next steps in relation to this bill are currently being considered.
The Committee is currently seeking views on the Scottish Government’s Heat Networks Bill. The deadline is 15 May.
The Committee is considering the Protection of Workers (Retail and Age-restricted Goods and Services) (Scotland) Bill. The deadline for written submissions was 31 January 2020 and the Committee held 3 evidence sessions on 3 March 2020. Due to current COVID-19 restrictions, we have decided to postpone our remaining evidence sessions on the Bill. However, the Committee hopes to complete its Stage 1 consideration of the Bill once the current COVID-19 crisis abates.
Electric vehicles and locally owned energy
The Committee is conducting an energy inquiry looking at electric vehicle infrastructure and locally owned energy. The deadline for written submissions was 10 January 2020. It conducted a focus group on 13 January and took oral evidence on 17 December 2019, 28 January 2020, 4 February 2020 and 17 March 2020. It is currently seeking further written responses from National Grid, Ofgem, Dundee City Council and Transport Scotland and will consider its next steps once this information has been received.
Protected Trust Deeds
The Committee is conducting an inquiry into Protected Trust Deeds (a bankruptcy-related statutory debt solution. The deadline for written submissions was 6 January 2020. It took evidence on 14, 21 and 28 January 2020. It plans to consider its report at its next Committee meeting.
The Committee heard from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work at its meeting on 1 October 2019 on preparedness for Leaving the EU without a Deal.
Registers of Scotland
The Committee has agreed to take evidence from the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland on an annual basis. The next evidence session has been postponed and will be rescheduled when possible.
BiFab, the offshore wind sector and the Scottish supply chain
The Committee held two evidence sessions on this topic in June. The Committee was invited to send a representative to a summit meeting held by the Scottish Government in January.
Procurement Reform (Scotland) Act 2014
The Committee has agreed to do post-legislative scrutiny of the Act. The Committee plans to launch this call for views in the summer.
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