Draft Budget 2015-16



The Committee agreed to focus its scrutiny of the Scottish Government's draft budget 2015-16 on the ‘increase exports’ national indicator in the National Performance Framework

In addition, it sought updates on issues it considered and highlighted in its report on the 2014-15 budget. Both elements are explained in the call for evidence (161KB pdf).

The Committee wrote to the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, VisitScotland and Skills Development Scotland to seek updates on issues it highlighted in its 2014-15 budget report. Written submissions are published here.

The Scottish Government published its Draft Budget 2015-16 on Thursday 9 October 2014.


The Committee published its report to the Finance Committee on 12 January 2015.

Read the response from the Scottish Government to the Committee’s draft budget report.

The Committee's timetable for scrutiny of the Scottish Government's draft budget 2015-16 was:

Tuesday 3 June 2014:

  • Issued call for written evidence on 'increase exports' national indicator.
  • Sent letters to Scottish Government and other agencies seeking updates on specific actions taken since Committee reported on the 2014-15 budget.

Wednesday 16 July 2014:

September 2014:

Thursday 9 October 2014:

Friday 24 October 2014:

  • Submissions received and published from individuals and organisations on the Draft Budget 2015-16

October/November 2014: Oral evidence sessions

12 December 2014: Reported to the Finance Committee


The Committee issued a Call for Evidence on Tuesday 3 June 2014.

Written Evidence

Read the written submissions here

Oral Evidence

The Committee held oral evidence sessions in October and November 2014.

8 October 2014: Economy 


Garry Clark, Scottish Chambers of Commerce;
Stephen Boyd, STUC;
James Withers, Scotland Food & Drink;
Iain McTaggart, SCDI.

29 October 2014: VisitScotland & Energy


Panel 1: VisitScotland
Malcolm Roughead OBE;
Ken Neilson. 

Panel 2: Energy
Jenny Hogan, Scottish Renewables;
Dr Sam Gardner, WWF Scotland;
Norman Kerr, Energy Action Scotland.

3 November 2014: External Meeting in Perth

Read the news release


Panel 1: Scottish Enterprise
Paul Lewis;
Iain Scott;
Neil Francis.

Panel 2: Highlands and Islands Enterprise
Alex Paterson;
Forbes Duthie.

12 November 2014: Scottish Government


John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth.

Additional Information

Updates on Issues the Committee Highlighted in its 2014-15 budget report

The Committee wrote to the Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and VisitScotland to seek updates on issues highlighted in its 2014-15 budget report:


Responses from Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, VisitScotland and Skills Development Scotland.


For further information on the work of the Committee you can contact the Clerks on 0131 348 5403 or by e-mail at: [email protected]

Written Submissions

Read the written submissions here

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