Economic development and tourism

What has the Scottish Parliament done?

Here are a few examples of what has been done in this area:


This act sought to ensure the effective management of the Scottish water sector. It places a duty on Ministers to develop the value of Scotland’s water resources, viewing them as an economic, social and environmental asset.

This act abolished network area tourist boards, renamed the Scottish Tourist Board as VisitScotland and increased the number of Board members.

Other areas also include examples of economic development, for example sport and the arts and transport.

Committee inquiries

The committee recommended that Scottish Government broadband targets for 2020 should be more ambitious to ensure that rural areas in Scotland are not left further behind, and that public investment should only be made where there is clearly no potential for the market to deliver.


The petition led to the Scottish Government agreeing to fund a pilot accreditation scheme.

The petition led to the introduction of a Scottish Government Living Wage Accreditation scheme. Since its introduction, the scheme has accredited more than 1,000 living wage employers in Scotland. 

What is the Scottish Parliament doing?

Here are some examples of what is currently being done in this area:

The Local Government and Communities Committee is holding an inquiry into whether City Region Deals are on course to deliver local economic growth and major infrastructure projects in line with their original proposals.

Follow the work of the Local Government and Communities committee on its webpage.

The Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee is exploring the effect of the gender pay gap on the Scottish economy, with a particular focus on business performance, the Scottish public sector and Scottish Government action required to address the issue.

Follow the work of the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Committee on its webpage.

Official Report

What is said in public in committees and in the Chamber, including debates and statements by Scottish Government Ministers, is recorded in the Official Report.

Use the Official Report search to find details of MSPs’ discussions in the Parliament on a particular issue. 

Questions and motions

MSPs ask questions and lodge motions, some of which are debated, to gather information and raise awareness of issues.

Enter a keyword in the search to find out what MSPs have said about a specific subject. 

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