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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-01922: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 12 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to introduce greater regulation in the building trade.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 21 September 2016

The Scottish Government’s approach to Better Regulation focuses on five key principles – that regulation should be transparent, proportionate, consistent, accountable and targeted only where needed.

The regulatory environment should also encourage and support sustainable economic growth, competitiveness and innovation while maintaining a level playing field.

The construction industry is already statutorily required to hold specific licences or permits in order to carry out certain types of work and its practices are controlled by a wide range of regulations.