Consumer Scotland Bill

 

About the Bill

The Scottish Government is proposing to create a new body called Consumer Scotland. This Bill would establish Consumer Scotland and give it powers to provide advice; represent the views of consumers; collect information; organise research and carry out investigations.

The Bill was introduced by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, Derek Mackay MSP on 5 June 2019.

Read the Bill and Accompanying Documents

SPICe Briefings

On 12 September 2019, SPICe published a research briefing on the Consumer Scotland Bill. 

Timetable

We plan to take oral evidence in October and November.  

Evidence

The Committee issued a call for views, the deadline for responses was 11 September 2019

Read the call for written views

Read the written responses

Correspondence

On 9 October the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans wrote to the Committee to inform it that Bill does not contain provision that relates to protected subject matter as defined by section 31(5) of the Scotland Act 1998 (as amended).

The Committee wrote to the Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills seeking clarity on a number of issues raised. The Minister responded on 5 November.

On 1 November, the Chief Executive of Citizens Advice Scotland, Derek Mitchell, wrote to the Committee following the evidence session on 29 October  and provided a framework for consumer advocacy.

Work by other Committees

Finance and Constitution Committee

The Finance and Constitution Committee sought written evidence on the estimated financial implications of the Bill as set out in its accompanying Financial Memorandum and received 3 responses.

Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee

The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee reported on the Bill at Stage 1.

 
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