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S5W-00430: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 7 June 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what the remit is of the review of Scottish Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council that was announced by Keith Brown on 31 May 2016 (Official Report, c. 19); when it will commence; what the timetable is for each stage; which stakeholders will be invited to participate, and when (a) it will be completed and (b) the findings will be published.

Answered by: Keith Brown 15 June 2016

I have today, on 15 June, published the terms of reference for the review and copies are available in the Scottish Parliament’s Information Centre (bib number 58005). The review and recommendations will focus on achieving three main aims: achieving the government’s ambitions as set out in Scotland’s Economic Strategy and National Performance Framework; ensuring our economic and skills interventions are shaped by users’ needs; and ensuring that delivery continuously reflects best practice.

The review will begin within the next week. I will invite ministerial group members by the end of this week, with a view to meeting by the end of June 2016. We will then issue a call for evidence and invite a wide range of stakeholders to engage in the most appropriate manner such that the review can be published by the end of the summer.