About the Bill
The Scottish Government is proposing to create a new body called Consumer Scotland. This Bill would establish Consumer Scotland and give it powers to provide advice; represent the views of consumers; collect information; organise research and carry out investigations.
The Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay MSP on 5 June 2019.
Read the Bill and Accompanying Documents
On 12 September 2019, SPICe published a research briefing on the Consumer Scotland Bill.
The Bill was debated in the Chamber on Thursday 23 January.
We plan to take oral evidence in October and November.
The Committee issued a call for views, the deadline for responses was 11 September 2019
Read the call for written views
Read the written responses
On 9 October the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans wrote to the Committee to inform it that Bill does not contain provision that relates to protected subject matter as defined by section 31(5) of the Scotland Act 1998 (as amended).
The Committee wrote to the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills seeking clarity on a number of issues raised. The Minister responded on 5 November.
On 1 November, the Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Scotland, Derek Mitchell, wrote to the Committee following the evidence session on 29 October and provided a framework for consumer advocacy.
On 27 January, the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills wrote to the Committee regarding the appointment of board members.
Work by other Committees
Finance and Constitution Committee
The Finance and Constitution Committee sought written evidence on the estimated financial implications of the Bill as set out in its accompanying Financial Memorandum and received 3 responses.
Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee
The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee reported on the Bill at Stage 1.
The Committee published its report in December 2019.
The Scottish Government responded on 15 January 2020.
The Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills provided further information on Consumer Scotland’s form and functions.