COVID-19

 

About the Inquiry

This page contains information on the Committee's work in relation to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Evidence

Call for Views on the Impact of COVID-19 on Scotland's Culture and Tourism Sectors

The Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee has today, Tuesday 28 April 2020, launched a call for views on the impact of COVID-19 on Scotland's culture and tourism sectors.

The Committee is keen to understand your concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on people, organisations and businesses in the culture and tourism sectors. If you consider it appropriate, the Committee would also welcome your direct experiences of the impact of COVID-19 on your organisation and the response of the Scottish and UK Government to that. Read more below:

Please download and complete the below template to send us your views. Completed templates should be emailed to [email protected].

Before making a submission, please read our privacy notice about submitting your views to a Committee. This tells you about how we process your personal data. Please also tell us if you under 12 when making a submission.

Please note that in most cases your written submission will be published on the Scottish Parliament’s website and may be quoted in the Committee’s report or in Committee meetings (which are public and broadcast).

If you wish to request that your submission be published without your name, please contact the Committee's clerking team on [email protected].

Written Submissions

The following written submissions to the Committee's call for views have been received:

Oral Evidence

The Committee took evidence on the following dates: 

Thursday 14 January 2021: Scottish Tourism Recovery Taskforce

The Committee took evidence from Malcolm Roughead, Chief Executive, VisitScotland, Marc Crothall, Chief Executive, Scottish Tourism Alliance, and Jane Martin, Managing Director, Business Services and Advice, Scottish Enterprise.

Thursday 17 December 2020: Hospitality Sector

The Committee took evidence from Willie Macleod, Executive Director - Scotland, UK Hospitality, Stephen Montgomery, Spokesperson, Scottish Hospitality Group, David Weston, Chairman, Scottish Bed and Breakfast Association, and Bryan Simpson, Industrial Organiser, Unite Hospitality.

Thursday 1 October 2020: Sustainability of the Newspaper Industry and Impact of COVID-19 on Print Journalism

The Committee took evidence from Joyce McMillan, Chair of the National Union of Journalists, Edinburgh Freelance Branch, Dr Eamonn O'Neill, Associate Professor in Journalism, Napier University and Peter Geoghegan, Chair of The Ferret and Investigations Editor at openDemocracy.

Following the evidence session on 1 October 2020, the Committee agreed to invite the Scottish Newspaper Society to submit written evidence. The Scottish Newspaper Society's submission was received on 11 November 2020 and is published below:

Follow-Up Correspondence from Meeting on 1 October 2020

Following the evidence session on 1 October 2020, the Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government, UK Government, COSLA and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) on issues raised during the session:

The following responses have been received:

Thursday 3 September 2020: Heritage Sector

The Committee took evidence from Philip Long, Chief Executive, National Trust for Scotland, Alex Paterson, Chief Executive, Historic Environment Scotland, Caroline Clark, Director, National Lottery Heritage Fund in Scotland and Giles Ingram, Chief Executive, Abbotsford Trust.

Thursday 27 August 2020: Culture

The Committee took evidence from Julia Amour, Director, Festivals Edinburgh, Nick Stewart, Music Venues Alliance Coordinator for Scotland, Music Venue Trust, Alex McGowan, Executive Director, Citizens Theatre Lucy Casot, Chief Executive Officer, Museums Galleries Scotland and Sandy Sweetman, Director, SW Audio Ltd.

Thursday 20 August 2020: Tourism Sector

The Committee took evidence from Riddell Graham, Director of Industry and Destination Development, VisitScotland, and Marc Crothall, Chief Executive, Scottish Tourism Alliance.

Thursday 25 June 2020: Tourism

The Committee took evidence from Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism and Bettina Sizeland, Deputy Director, Tourism and Major Events, Scottish Government

Thursday 21 May 2020: Culture

The Committee took evidence from Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture, Scottish Government.

Thursday 14 May 2020: Tourism

The Committee took evidence from Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism and Bettina Sizeland, Deputy Director, Tourism and Major Events, Scottish Government.

Written Answers on COVID-19

The following Parliamentary written answers in relation to COVID-19 which engage the Committee's remit have been published. This document will be updated and published on a rolling basis:

Pre-Budget Scrutiny

The Committee has agreed to focus its pre-budget scrutiny on issues relating to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the pandemic on the culture and tourism sectors. The Committee has written to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture and the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism as part of this scrutiny:

The following responses have been received:

Correspondence

Follow-Up Correspondence from Oral Evidence Sessions on 14 and 21 May 2020

The Committee took evidence from the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism on 14 May 2020 and from the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture on 21 May 2020 and wrote to the following organisations following those meetings:

The Chief Executive Officer of the National Trust for Scotland replied to the Convener's letter on 28 May 2020:

The UK Government Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Sport, Tourism and Heritage replied to the Convener's letter on 9 June 2020:

The Convener's letter to the UK Government of 28 May 2020 was also copied to the Financial Conduct Authority and the Association of British Insurers for comment. Responses from these organisations are available below:

Follow-Up Correspondence from Oral Evidence Session on 25 June 2020

The Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism on 29 June 2020 regarding international travel:

The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism replied to the Convener's letter of 5 August 2020:

Follow-Up Correspondence from Oral Evidence Session on 20 August 2020

The Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism on 2 September 2020 in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, hotel occupancy and support for larger hotels and the long-term sustainability of the sector:

The Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism replied to the Convener's letter on 15 September 2020:

Follow-Up Correspondence from Oral Evidence Session on 3 September 2020

The National Lottery Heritage Fund and Historic Environment Scotland provided the respective items of correspondence following the evidence session on the impact of COVID-19 on the heritage sector on 3 September 2020:

Other COVID-19 Related Correspondence

Scottish Government Updates

The Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture and the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism on 6 April 2020 to seek written updates on the impact COVID-19 is having on the cultural and tourism sectors and individuals employed within those sectors. The letters to the Cabinet Secretaries are published below:

Culture Update: 15 April 2020

Culture Update: 24 April 2020 

The Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture wrote to the Committee with an update on the ways in which the Scottish Government is supporting the cultural and heritage sectors and individuals employed within the sectors during the pandemic on 24 April 2020:

Culture Update: 28 May 2020

Culture Update: 1 and 10 June 2020

The Convener wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture on 1 June 2020:

The Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Fair Work and Culture replied to the Convener's letter on 10 June 2020:

Culture Update: 3 July 2020

Culture Update: 6 August 2020

Culture Update: 1 September 2020

Culture Update: 29 October 2020

Culture Update: 26 November 2020

Culture Update: 21 December 2020

Tourism Update: 24 April 2020

Tourism Update: 19 June 2020

Other Scottish Government Correspondence

Creative Scotland Response to the Impact of COVID-19

The Chief Executive of Creative Scotland wrote to the Committee on 30 March 2020 on the impact of COVID-19 to the creative community:

Creative Scotland wrote to the Committee with an update on 9 April 2020:

The Chief Executive of Creative Scotland wrote to the Committee on 24 April 2020 with a further update:

The Convener wrote to the Chief Executive of Creative Scotland on 28 April 2020:

The Chief Executive of Creative Scotland replied to the Convener's letter on 1 June 2020 enclosing a further update:

The Chief Executive of Creative Scotland wrote to the Committee with an update on 14 July 2020:

The Chief Executive of Creative Scotland wrote to the Committee with an update on 21 August 2020: 

The Chief Executive of Creative Scotland wrote to the Committee with an update on 21 September 2020:

The Chief Executive of Creative Scotland wrote to the Committee with an update on 15 October 2020:

The Chief Executive of Creative Scotland wrote to the Committee with an update on 18 November 2020:

The Chief Executive of Creative Scotland wrote to the Committee with an update on 16 December 2020:

 
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