Scottish Government’s Draft Budget 2017-18


About the Inquiry

The Committee’s scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget for 2017-18 focused on two areas:

  1.  the spending of the enterprise agencies, and 
  2. programmes relating to energy efficiency/fuel poverty. 

In addition, Scotland's Economic Strategy sets out the four themes: investment, innovation, inclusive growth and internationalisation. For this inquiry, the Committee particularly focused on investment.


Meetings took place in December 2016, and the Committee was required to report its findings to the Finance Committee early in January 2017. The Finance Committee has responsibility for overseeing the Parliament’s scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget. You can find relevant information it has already collated here.


At its meeting on 6 December 2016, the Committee took evidence from Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Enterprise. 

At its meeting on 13 December 2016, the Committee took evidence from Energy Action Scotland, Scottish Rural Poverty Taskforce, Existing Homes Alliance Scotland and Professor David Sigsworth.

The Committee received the following written submissions:


On 28 February 2017 the Committee received a response from the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work to its report.


1st Report, 2017 (Session 5): Report on the Draft Budget 2017-18

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