South of Scotland Enterprise Bill


About the Bill

The South of Scotland Enterprise Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing MSP on 24 October 2018.

A Bill for an Act of the Scottish Parliament to establish South of Scotland Enterprise and to provide for its functions.

SPICe Briefings

Stage 1

The Committee agreed its approach to the Bill at Stage 1 on 7 November 2018.

The Committee took evidence on the Bill at the following meetings -

28 November 2019

12 December 2019

19 December 2019

14 January 2019

30 January 2019

The Bill passed Stage 1 on 26 March 2019.

Stage 2

The Committee considered the Bill at Stage 2 at its meeting on 8 and 15 May. You can read the Minutes and Official Report of the meetings here: 

8 May

Minutes and Official Report

15 May

Minutes and Official Report

Stage 3

The Bill passed Stage 3 on 5 June 2019.


31 October & 7 November  Approach to Bill considered
12 November 2018 Call for evidence launched
28 November 2018 Evidence session with Scottish Government Bill Team
12 December 2018 Evidence session - economic interests 
19 December 2018 Evidence session - development and funding bodies
7 January 2019 Call for evidence closes
14 January 2019
Evidence session - local authorities and community councils
30 January 2019  Evidence session with the Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy

Please note, dates are indicative and attendees are still to be confirmed.


The call for evidence is now closed - no further submissions will be accepted.

Read the submissions received

Visits and Events

On the 14 and 23 January 2019 the Committee held two informal workshops in Dumfries and Galashiels to hear local people’s views on the South of Scotland Enterprise (Scotland) Bill. Over 120 people from a range of community groups, local authorities and business interests were present. Both evenings started with an introduction and brief discussion from members of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee before discussion was opened to the floor. 

Due to the successful attendance over both nights the Committee were aware not all attendees may have had the opportunity to comment on Bill within the workshop timescales. The Committee therefore extended the opportunity to make further comments on the Bill until the end of both respective weeks. 

A summary note for both workshops are available below as well as a compilation of additional comments that were sent through by attendees to the Committee after the workshops.


Work by other Committees


The Committee published its report on the Bill on 4 March 2019.

The Committee received the Scottish Government's response on 21 March 2019.

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