Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee


About The Committee

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The Committee's meetings are generally held on Wednesday mornings and are usually open to the public. Space is limited and places can be booked in advance through Visitor Services. Details about individual meetings can be found on the Meetings page.

Current Business

Economic Impact of the Creative Industries

The Committee launched a call for evidence on Friday 5 December 2014.

It will take oral evidence at its meetings on 14, 21 and 28 January and 4 February 2015.

Internationalising Scottish Business

The Committee issued a call for evidence on Friday 28 November 2014 for its Internationalising Scottish Business inquiry. It wishes to understand the challenges and opportunities faced by Scotland’s existing and aspiring exporters and will take oral evidence in February and March 2015.

Draft Budget 2015-16

The Committee published its report to the Finance Committee on 12 January 2015. You can read it here

The Committee's timetable for scrutiny of the Scottish Government's draft budget 2015-16 was:

Tuesday 3 June 2014:

  • Issued call for written evidence on 'increase exports' national indicator.
  • Sent letters to Scottish Government and other agencies seeking updates on specific actions taken since Committee reported on the 2014-15 budget.

Wednesday 16 July 2014:

September 2014:

Thursday 9 October 2014: 

Friday 24 October 2014: 

  • Submissions received and published from individuals and organisations on the Draft Budget 2015-16

October/November 2014: Oral evidence sessions

12 December 2014: Reported to the Finance Committee

UK Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill - Legislative Consent Memorandum

 Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill

The Committee considered the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill and published its report on 10 October 2014.

On Wednesday 4 February the Committee will consider a:

 Supplementary Legislative Consent Memorandum on the UK Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill.

Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill

The Committee took evidence in May, June and September and reported to the Parliament on 8 October 2013. The Bill was passed by the Parliament on Thursday 16 January 2014 and received Royal Assent on 19 February 2014.

Section 5 of the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 states that "The Scottish Ministers may issue and from time to time revise a code of practice in relation to the exercise of regulatory functions by a regulator."

The Scottish Government laid the Scottish Regulators’ Strategic Code of Practice on 10 November 2014.  

Read the written submissions on the Scottish Regulators' Strategic Code of Practice

The Committee took evidence on the Code of Practice from the Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism on Wednesday 3 December 2014. At that meeting, the Minister informed the Committee of his intention to withdraw the Code of Practice in order to make revisions. The Committee published its report on 5 December 2014.

The Scottish Government laid a revised Strategic Code of Practice on 12 January 2015.

The Committee expects to scrutinise the revised Strategic Code of Practice on Wednesday 4 February 2015.

Committee Meetings

3rd Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee Meeting 2015

Date: 3rd Meeting, Wednesday 28 January 2015

Location: Committee Room 4

3rd Meeting, Wednesday 28 January 2015

The Official Report of this meeting is due for publication by 6 pm on Monday 2 February 2015.

Minute of proceedings of meeting 28 January 2015

Committee Reports

Read the latest report from the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee.

Report on Draft Budget 2015-16