Committee Reports

7th Report 2011: Session 3 Legacy Paper

The Finance Committee has agreed to publish this legacy paper as a means of identifying some key lessons learned during the current session which will hopefully assist the successor committee in the next session in delivering effective financial scrutiny.

6th Report 2011: Annual report 2010-11

This report covers the work of the Finance Committee during the Parliamentary year from 9 May 2010 to 22 March 2011.

5th Report 2011 Report on the legislative consent memorandum on the Public Bodies Bill (LCM(S3) 32.1)

At its meeting on 1 March 2011, the Committee considered a legislative consent memorandum on the Public Bodies Bill (LCM(S3) 32.1) and took evidence from John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth.

4th Report 2011: Report on the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2010 Amendment Order 2011

At its meeting on 1 March 2010, the Finance Committee considered the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2010 Amendment Order 2011. This affirmative instrument seeks to make changes to the cash authorisations set out in the Budget (Scotland) Act 2010.

3rd Report 2011: The Scottish Variable Rate of Income Tax

In the devolution referendum on 11 September 1997, 63% of those voting supported a Scottish Parliament with the ability to increase or decrease the basic rate of income tax by up to three pence.

2nd Report 2011: Report on Scotland's Spending Plans and Draft Budget 2011-12

The issues raised during the Draft Budget 2011-12 inquiry and other issues around the longer term direction of public spending in Scotland are closely interlinked with the Committee’s scrutiny of the Draft Budget.

1st Report 2011: Report on preventative spending

In June 2010 the Finance Committee published its report on the Budget Strategy Phase of the 2011-12 budget process.

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Reservoirs (Scotland) Bill

The Reservoirs (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 6 October 2010. The Rural Affairs and Environment Committee has been designated as the lead committee on the Bill at Stage 1.

6th Report 2010: Subordinate Legislation

This report details the Committee's consideration of the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2010 Amendment (No.2) Order 2010 and the draft Official Statistics (Scotland) Amendment Order 2010.

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill

The Domestic Abuse (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 27 May 2010 by the Member in Charge of the Bill, Rhoda Grant MSP.

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Palliative Care (Scotland) Bill

The Palliative Care (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 1 June 2010 by Gil Paterson MSP, the Member in charge of the Bill. The Health and Sport Committee has been designated as the lead committee on the Bill at Stage 1.

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Damages (Scotland) Bill

The Damages (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 1 June 2010 by Bill Butler MSP. The Justice Committee has been designated as the lead committee on the Bill at Stage 1.

Report on the Financial Memorandum for the Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill

The Patient Rights (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 17 March 2010. The Health and Sport Committee has been designated as the lead committee on the Bill at Stage 1.

5th Report 2010: Report on the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2010 Amendment Order 2010

At its meeting on 15 June 2010, the Finance Committee considered the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2010 Amendment Order 2010. This affirmative instrument seeks to make changes to the cash authorisations set out in the Budget (Scotland) Act 2010.

4th Report 2010: Budget Strategy Phase

The Finance Committee noted in its Strategic Budget Scrutiny report, undertaken prior to the Draft Budget 2010-11, that the Scottish Parliament is now in a very different “environment for spending”

3rd Report 2010: Annual Report 2009-10

This report covers the work of the Finance Committee during the Parliamentary year from 9 May 2009 to 8 May 2010. The Committee has had a busy work programme in the third year of the third parliamentary session.

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Children's Hearings (Scotland) Bill

The Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 23 February. The Education, Lifelong Learning and Culture Committee has been designated as the lead committee for the Bill at Stage 1.

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Housing (Scotland) Bill

The Housing (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 13 January. The Local Government and Communities Committee has been designated as the lead committee on the Bill.

Report on the Forth Crossing Bill

The Forth Crossing Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 16 November 2009. The Forth Crossing Bill Committee has been designated as the lead committee on the Bill at Stage one.

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill

The Alcohol etc. (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 25 November 2009. The Health and Sport Committee has been designated as the lead committee on the Bill.

2nd Report 2010: Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Scottish Parliamentary Commissions and Commissioners etc. Bill

The Scottish Parliamentary Commissions and Commissioners etc. Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 27 January by Trish Godman MSP, on behalf of the Review of SPCB Supported Bodies Committee.

1st Report 2010: Report on the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2009 Amendment Order 2010

At its meeting on 2 March 2010, the Finance Committee considered the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2009 Amendment Order 2010. This affirmative instrument seeks to make changes to the cash authorisations set out in the Budget (Scotland) Act 2009

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill

The Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 9 December 2009. The Rural Affairs and Environment Committee has been designated as the lead committee on the Bill at Stage 1.

9th Report 2009: Report on legislative consent memorandum on the Financial Services Bill (LCM(S3) 25.1)

At its meeting on 15 December 2009, the Committee considered a legislative consent memorandum on the Financial Services Bill (LCM(S3) 25.1) and took evidence from John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth

8th Report 2009: Stage 1 Report on the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill

The Public Services Reform (Scotland) Bill was introduced on 28 May 2009 by John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth. The Finance Committee was designated as the lead committee on the Bill

7th Report 2009: Report on scrutiny of the Draft Budget 2010-11

The Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2010-11 was published on 17 September 2009. However, the proposed budget for 2010-11 was first outlined in Spending Review 2007

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill

The Home Owner and Debtor Protection (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 1 October 2009. The Local Government and Communities Committee has been designated as the lead committee on the Bill at Stage 1.

6th Report 2009: The draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2009 Amendment Order 2009

At its meeting on 24 November 2009, the Finance Committee considered the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2009 Amendment Order 2009. This affirmative instrument seeks to make changes to the cash authorisations set out in the Budget (Scotland) Act 2009.

5th Report 2009: Report on the Review of the Budget Process

The Scottish Parliament’s process for budget scrutiny was devised by the Financial Issues Advisory Group (FIAG) which was a group of experts established by the Scottish Office in 1998 to advise the Consultative Steering Group (CSG) on financial matters.

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Marine (Scotland) Bill

The Marine (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 29 April 2009. The Rural Affairs and Environment Committee has been designated as the lead committee for the Bill at Stage 1.

4th Report 2009: Report on Public Sector Pay

The Committee agreed that it wished to take evidence on the issue of public sector pay – both for chief executives/senior staff and all other staff

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Tobacco and Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Bill

The Tobacco and Primary Medical Services Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 25 February 2009. The Health and Sport Committee has been designated as the lead committee on the Bill at Stage 1.

3rd Report 2009: Annual Report 2008-09

The Committee has had a busy work programme in the second year of the third parliamentary session. The Committee’s main area of work is the annual budget process.

2nd Report 2009: Strategic Budget Scrutiny

The Finance Committee decided to undertake a strategic scrutiny of future budgets in advance of the formal scrutiny of the 2010-11 Draft Budget

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill

The Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 5 March 2009. The Justice Committee has been designated as the lead committee on the Bill at Stage 1.

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill

The Scottish Local Government (Elections) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 3 February 2009. The Local Government and Communities Committee has been designated as the lead committee on the Bill at Stage 1.

1st Report 2009: The draft Budget (Scotland) Acts 2007 and 2008 Amendment Order 2009

At its meeting on 24 February 2009, the Finance Committee considered the draft Budget (Scotland) Acts 2007 and 2008 Amendment Order 2009

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Climate Change (Scotland) Bill

The Climate Change (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Scottish Parliament on 4 December 2008.

8th Report 2008: Inquiry into methods of funding capital investment projects

The context in which this report has been produced is one of ongoing development of the Scottish Government’s proposed Scottish Futures Trust. The report seeks to identify major issues that should be considered in any approach to public capital investment

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill

The Flood Risk Management (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 29 September 2008. The Rural Affairs and Environment Committee has been designated as the lead committee on the Bill at Stage 1.

7th Report 2008: Report on the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2009-10

The majority of the Scottish Budget is comprised of the ‘block’ of money assigned by the UK Government (in this respect, Scotland is treated in the same way as a UK government department).

6th Report 2008: The draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2008 Amendment Order 2008

At its meeting on 18 November 2008, the Finance Committee considered the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2008 Amendment Order 2008.

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill

The Health Boards (Membership and Elections) (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 2 June 2008. The Health and Sport Committee has been designated as the lead committee on the Bill at Stage 1.

5th Report 2008: The draft Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Order 2008

At its meeting on 4 November 2008, the Finance Committee considered the draft Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Order 2008.

4th Report 2008: Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill

The Scottish Parliamentary Pensions Bill is a Committee Bill which was introduced on 22 September 2008 by Alasdair Morgan MSP on behalf of the Scottish Parliamentary Pension Scheme Committee.

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Disabled Persons' Parking Places (Scotland) Bill

The Disabled Persons’ Parking Places (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 2 June 2008. The Local Government and Communities Committee has been designated as the lead committee on the Bill at Stage 1.

3rd Report 2008: Annual Report 2007-08

The Committee has had a busy work programme in the first year of the new parliamentary session. The Committee’s main area of work is the annual budget process.

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Creative Scotland Bill

The Creative Scotland Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 12 March 2008.

2nd Report 2008: Subordinate Legislation

At its meeting on 19 February 2008, the Finance Committee considered the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2007 Amendment Order 2008. This affirmative instrument was laid on 24 January 2008 and seeks to make changes to the cash authorisations set out

1st Report 2008: Stage 2 of the 2008-09 Budget Process

Eight parliamentary committees considered the expenditure plans of the Scottish Government portfolios within their remit and reported their findings to the Finance Committee

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill

The Glasgow Commonwealth Games Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 9 November 2007.

1st Report 2007: Subordinate Legislation

At its meeting on 20 November 2007, the Finance Committee considered the draft Budget (Scotland) Act 2007 Amendment Order 2007.

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill

The Graduate Endowment Abolition (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 23 October 2007.

Report on the Financial Memorandum of the Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill

The Abolition of Bridge Tolls (Scotland) Bill (“the Bill”) was introduced in the Parliament on 3 September 2007.