The Draft Second Report on Proposals and Policies

The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment, Economy Energy and Tourism, Infrastructure and Capital Investment and Local Government and Regeneration Committees have agreed to review the Scottish Government’s draft second Report on Policies and Proposals (RPP2)

The remit for review is—

“To consider the draft second Report on Proposals and Policies and the effectiveness of these in meeting the emissions reduction targets”.

The Committees are interested in receiving views directly on the elements of the RPP2 within their remit as part of this inquiry.

Details of how to submit your views to the Committees can be found below. The deadline for responses is Wednesday 20 February 2013.


The draft second Scottish Government Report on Proposals and Policies was laid in the Parliament on 29 January 2013. Under the provisions of the Climate Change (Scotland) Act 2009 Parliament has a maximum of 60 days to report on the document.  Four parliamentary Committees have identified an interest in scrutinising the draft report: the Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment, Economy Energy and Tourism, Infrastructure and Capital Investment and Local Government and Regeneration Committees.  Each Committee will separately consider the elements of the Report within their remit and will report directly to Parliament.  The Committees will focus their scrutiny in the following areas:

The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee will focus on issues such as climate change governance, land use, resource use and behaviour change.

The Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee is looking for views on decarbonising the energy sector, and reducing energy demand, as well as fuel poverty.

The Local Government and Regeneration Committee will consider how communities, local authorities and the planning system can contribute to delivering emissions targets.

The Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee will look in detail at fuel poverty as it relates to energy efficiency in housing, and issues relating to transport. The Committee will also examine issues relating to procurement, broadband infrastructure and Scottish Water.

Key questions

The Committees are particularly interested in the following questions as they relate to their specific remits —

The effectiveness of progress towards implementing the proposals and policies set out in the RPP1 and the appropriateness of the proposed adjustments to the proposals and policies within the RPP1;

The effectiveness of the proposals and policies with the draft RPP2 for meeting the annual emissions targets;

How these proposals and policies are likely to contribute towards the achievement of the interim target, the 2050 target and, in each target year, the domestic effort target; and

The appropriateness of the timescales over which the proposals and policies within the draft RPP2 are expected to take effect.

You are invited to respond to each Committee, identifying if that response is for the individual Committee or for consideration by other parliamentary committees, on as many or as few of these questions as you wish.

Next steps

The call for written views will help the Committees gather information and opinions about the likely impact of the Report on Proposals and Policies.

Committees have a limited time in which to report to Parliament and will take oral evidence as part of the inquiry in advance of the closing date for submission of views.  Committees will report individually to Parliament on those aspects of the RPP2 that are within their respective remits.

How to submit your views

Please make it clear to which Committee you are submitting a written submission to.

The call for written views will close on Wednesday 20 February 2013.

Before making a submission, please read our policy on treatment of written evidence by subject and mandatory committees.

Owing to the timescale required to process and analyse evidence, late submissions will only be accepted with the advance agreement of the Committee Conveners. Responses to each relevant Committee should be no more than four sides of A4 in length.

We welcome written views in English, Gaelic, Scots or any other language.

Responses should be sent, where possible, electronically in Word format to the following address:

[email protected]

You may also make hard copy written submissions to:

Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee
Scottish Parliament
EH99 1SP

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