Date lodged: 19 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body what additional resource has been committed to SPICe to respond to enquiries following the UK decision to leave the EU.
Answered by: Andy Wightman 14 November 2016
While no additional resources have been allocated to SPICe specifically as a consequence of the UK decision to leave the EU, the additional resources allocated under the Parliament-wide resourcing exercise, referred to in the answer to S5W-03903, are expected to provide SPICe with sufficient flexibility to meet the immediate increase in demand for research and enquiry services in relation to Brexit.
For example, the Academic Engagement Strategy has already delivered a number of benefits including funding a series of Breakfast Brexit Briefings for Members and their staff from senior academics from a range of Scotland’s universities. Additionally, SPICe commissioned the Fraser of Allander Institute to conduct an analysis of the impact of the decision to leave the EU on the Scottish economy.
We will continue to keep under review the resource implications of the newly devolved powers and those still to be devolved, and of the UK decision to leave the EU.