Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee
Work Programme 2019/20 (updated monthly – latest update on 10 October 2019)
The Committee’s work up until the end of the year and beyond will include the following—
Stage 2 consideration of the Scottish National Investment Bill is likely to take place in November 2019.
Stage 1 consideration of the Consumer Protection Bill is likely to be completed by mid-January 2020.
The Committee will consider the Proposed Tied Pubs (Code and Adjudicator) (Scotland) Bill. Dates of introduction to be confirmed but likely to be before the end of 2019.
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 carrying out pre-budget scrutiny with a focus on regional selective assistance and other funding available from the Enterprise Agencies to businesses. The Committee expects to report by the end of October 2019.
Annual energy statement
The Committee held a roundtable session on decarbonisation of heat on 8 October 2019.
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 will take place in early 2020.
BiFab, the offshore wind sector and the Scottish supply chain
The Committee held two evidence sessions on this topic in June. The Committee has been invited to send a representative to the next summit meeting held by the Scottish Government which is likely to take place in November 2019. The Committee will decide its next steps after that meeting.
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);
- Banks and ATM providers (as follow up to the banks inquiry);
- Scottish Law Commission draft Moveable Transactions Bill.
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