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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04674: Richard Leonard (Central Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 11 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what savings it anticipates will be made as a consequence of its enterprise and skills review; whether the assets of the enterprise companies will transfer to the proposed statutory board once it is established, and which respondents to the consultation proposed or supported a statutory board.

Answered by: Keith Brown 29 November 2016

The phase one report identified that we should optimise what can be achieved by seamlessly working across the enterprise and skills bodies with a focus on agreed priorities and objectives, as well as the need to deal with the perceptions of a cluttered landscape by simplifying service delivery with a ‘no wrong door’ approach. Any savings which might be secured will be identified through the work being taken forward in phase two and beyond.

The agencies involved in this review are only one part of the overall enterprise and skills systems in Scotland, but they are an important one. As indicated in our Call for Evidence -Summary Analysis (see, respondents overall felt that a refreshed strategic focus with a single vision, goals and shared ownership could foster more effective collaboration.