In order to inform the Committee’s evidence taking, the Committee is seeking views on the public finances issues raised for the devolution settlement arising from the Brexit process. In particular the Committee would be interested in hearing views with regard to the following issues—
The extent to which the Barnett formula would provide an appropriate mechanism for funding competences returning from the EU to the Scottish budget
Alternative mechanisms to Barnett for assessing the funding of EU competences
What mechanisms may be required to be put in place to support the funding of obligations and commitments arising from common frameworks
What funding mechanisms should be used to replace EU funds that currently operate in Scotland
The EU operates a range of governance, enforcement and dispute resolution arrangements as part of EU funding support.
What similar mechanisms will be required for post-Brexit funding
What opportunities and risks does this process present to the funding of devolved competences that currently reside at an EU level
What arrangements will be required to ensure parliamentary oversight of post-Brexit funding arrangements
Accordingly, the Committee would welcome written submissions dealing with the issues outlined above as well as the implications for devolved public finances in Scotland arising from Brexit.
How to submit your evidence
The closing date for responses is Monday 16 April 2018.
All responses should be sent electronically (in Word format – no confirmatory hard copy required) to [email protected]. Written responses will be handled in accordance with the Parliament’s policy for handling written evidence received in response to calls for evidence. All written evidence received may be published by the Parliament and will be treated as a public document. If you wish to submit evidence in confidence or anonymously please read the policy at the link above.
What happens next?
The Committee will consider all written evidence received before deciding upon those witnesses from whom it wishes to hear oral evidence in due course.
Should you require alternative formats of this information or further assistance in making a written submission to the Committee, please do not hesitate to contact the clerking team of the Committee via email or by telephone on 0131 348 5205.