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S5W-02369: Daniel Johnson (Edinburgh Southern)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 7 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it had with the UK Government regarding development of its 2012 report, BIS Retail Strategy, and its 2013 report, A Strategy for Future Retail, Industry and Government delivering in partnership, in Scotland.

Answered by: Keith Brown 20 September 2016

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills published both the 2012, BIS Retail Strategy and 2013, A Strategy for Future Retail, in response to the Mary Portas independent review into the future of UK high streets and in support of work they were undertaking to revitalise high streets and town centres. At that time, the Scottish Government were undertaking their own independent review of town centres with a focus that went beyond retail.

The UK Government did not consult with the Scottish Government on these strategies as town centre regeneration, which both of these strategies address, is devolved to the Scottish Government.