Work Programme

Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee

Work Programme 2020 (updated monthly – latest update on 17 February 2020)

The Committee’s work at the beginning of 2020 will include the following—

Legislation

The Committee published its Stage 1 report on the Consumer Scotland Bill on 28 December 2019. Stage 2 is likely to be considered on 25 February 2020. 

The Committee will consider the Proposed Tied Pubs (Code and Adjudicator) (Scotland) Bill. It is likely to launch its call for views in February 2020.

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 expects the Scottish Government’s Heat Networks Bill to be referred to it. Timings for this bill are to be confirmed.

The Committee is currently considering the Protection of Workers (Retail and Age-restricted Goods and Services) (Scotland) Bill. The deadline for written submissions was 31 January 2020. 

Inquiries

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 and 4 February 2020. 

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. 

Brexit

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 is likely to take place in March.

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. This inquiry will be launched in Spring 2020 and oral evidence will take place in Autumn 2020.

One off evidence sessions

The Committee has agreed to hold one-off evidence sessions on the following:

  • Enterprise and Skills Strategic Board (as a follow up to budget scrutiny);

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