Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee

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The Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee looks at matters falling within the responsibilities of the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work; matters relating to the digital economy within the responsibilities of the Minister for Public Finance and Digital Economy, and matters relating to energy falling within the responsibilities of the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands.

Background work on Common Frameworks

The Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee agreed to gather preliminary  information on common frameworks so that the Committee is ready to consider any frameworks which fall within its remit.

As part of this information gathering, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work appeared before the Committee to provide a short statement and to take part in an evidence session on common frameworks.

The Committee also contacted Scottish Government Ministers to ask for an update on the work of the Scottish Government on common frameworks within the Energy and Finance, Economy and Fair Work portfolios.

Date Action
4 September 2019 The Committee received a response to its letter, sent on 26 June, from the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands.
2 August 2019 The Committee received a response to its letter, sent on 26 June, from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work.
26 June 2019 The Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work and the Minister for Energy, Connectivity and the Islands asking both for an indication of the timescales for common frameworks within their portfolios. This would be used by the Committee in its work programme planning.
30 April 2019 The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work appeared before the Committee, providing a short statement on common frameworks.

This was followed by an evidence session with the Cabinet Secretary, allowing Committee members to question him on the role of the Scottish Government in common framework discussions with UK Government officials.

17 April 2019 The Committee received a response to its letter from the Cabinet Secretary. The response noted there were two areas falling within the Cabinet Secretary’s portfolio that may require a legislative common framework. These were:

-the Services Directive, and

-mutual recognition of professional qualifications

The Cabinet Secretary also noted that there were four non-legislative frameworks within his remit. These were:

-public procurement;

-late payment (commercial transactions);

-recognition of insolvency proceedings in EU member states, and

-statistics.

With specific reference to the Committee’s energy portfolio, the Cabinet Secretary noted three common frameworks fall within this area. These were:

-EU emissions trading system;

-efficiency in energy use, and

-high efficiency cogeneration/combined heat and power.

4 April 2019 The Committee wrote to the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work to ask for an update on the work of the Scottish Government on common frameworks within the Cabinet Secretary’s portfolio.