Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee
Work Programme 2019 (updated monthly – latest update on 20 March 2019)
The Committee’s work up until the end of the year will include the following—
Our construction inquiry is ongoing, with remaining sessions themed on meeting Scotland’s infrastructure needs, access to finance, and an overview of themes already covered by this piece of work; concluding with evidence from the Scottish Government on 23 April. We expect to publish our report by the end of June.
The Committee’s call for written views on the Scottish National Investment Bill closes on Friday 3 May. We will be taking oral evidence throughout May, aiming to publish a Stage 1 report also by the end of June.
Two further Bills are expected to come our way this year: the Consumer Protection Bill and Proposed Tied Pubs (Code and Adjudicator) (Scotland) Bill. Dates of introduction to be confirmed for both.
We reported on our pre-budget scrutiny in October 2018 and members intend to focus this year’s work on Regional Selective Assistance (RSA) grants as well as the annual enterprise spend of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
On the energy front, the Committee is awaiting a response from the Scottish Government to our work on Publicly Owned Energy Company (POEC). We will also be considering the SG’s first Annual Energy Statement, expected in late April / early May. Plus we are planning a roundtable session at the end of April to look at procurement, the supply chain and other matters relevant to the renewables sector and as highlighted by the case of the Fife-based company BiFab – see recent correspondence on the matter from GMB & Unite the Union and the First Minister.
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