Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill


Stage 1 scrutiny by the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee

This page covers consideration of the Bill at Stage 1 only.  The Bill and accompanying documents, together with supporting information can be read on the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill webpage.


The Committee took evidence in May, June and September and reported to the Parliament on 8 October 2013. The Bill was passed by the Parliament on Thursday 16 January 2014 and received Royal Assent on 19 February 2014.

Section 5 of the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 states that "The Scottish Ministers may issue and from time to time revise a code of practice in relation to the exercise of regulatory functions by a regulator."

Scottish Regulators' Strategic Code of Practice

The Scottish Government laid the Scottish Regulators’ Strategic Code of Practice on 10 November 2014.

Read the written submissions on the Scottish Regulators' Strategic Code of Practice

The Committee took evidence on the Code of Practice from the Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism on Wednesday 3 December 2014. At that meeting, the Minister informed the Committee of his intention to withdraw the Code of Practice in order to make revisions. The Committee published its report on 5 December 2014.

The Scottish Government laid a revised Strategic Code of Practice on 12 January 2015.

The Committee scrutinised the revised Strategic Code of Practice at its meeting on Wednesday 4 February 2015 and it was agreed by the Parliament on 18 February 2015.


Written evidence

The Committee issued a call for written evidence on Monday 29 April 2013.

The Committee issued a call for written evidence on three proposed Scottish Government amendments to the Bill on Thursday 14 November 2013.  These were:

Fact-finding meetings

Committee members undertook a number of fact-finding meetings on 21 May 2013.  Notes of these meetings are available below:

Work By Other Committees

The Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment Committee examined part 2 of the Bill relating to environmental regulations and on the element of part 1, as it relates to the RACCE Committee’s remit, that places a duty on stakeholders in respect of sustainable economic growth and reported its findings to the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee on 28 June 2013.

The Delegated Powers and Law Refrom Committee considered the Delegated Powers Memorandum and reported its findings to the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee on 25 June 2013.

The Finance Committee concluded its consideration of the Financial Memorandum for the Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Bill on 19 June 2013:


The Committee published its Stage 1 Report on 8 October 2013.

Read the response from the Scottish Government to the Committee's Stage 1 report (188KB pdf)

Summary of Scottish Government Stage 2 amendments (98KB pdf)


Diane Barr

Assistant Clerk

[email protected]

Tel: 0131 348 5214.

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