Scottish Affairs Committee seeks your views

The Scottish Affairs Committee wishes to involve the people of Scotland in its work, from Scottish Parliamentarians to the business, academic and voluntary sectors and members of the Scottish public.

They want to know what issues you think they should be examining during this Parliament and the best ways for them to go about that work.

Pete Wishart MP, Chairman of the Scottish Affairs Committee said: “I am delighted to have been elected chair of the Scottish Affairs Committee.

“Under my chairmanship I want the Committee to engage directly and regularly with the people of Scotland.

“I want to hear what issues you think the Committee should be looking at as well as suggestions for how the Committee can best tap into the incredible upsurge in political engagement that we are witnessing across Scotland.

“Our call for evidence is not restricted to those based in Scotland. Whether it be the effect of Government policies on areas either side of the border or the devolution settlement in general, the Scottish Affairs Committee is interested in hearing from people and organisations based across the United Kingdom on what issues we should be covering.”

Some of the suggestion areas are:

Ways of working

What are the best ways for the Committee to engage with organisations in Scotland and the Scottish public?

How should the committee engage with organisations across the United Kingdom and on what issues?

Where should the Committee meet and what type of meetings (e.g. formal evidence sessions, informal discussion panels, etc) would be useful?

How can the Committee make sure it engages effectively with the work of the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Parliament Committees?

Issues

What issues should the Committee be examining during this Parliament and why?

What aspects of UK Government policy are not working, or could be made to work better, in and for Scotland?

Should the Committee consider the impact of the devolution of powers

What are your views on the effectiveness of the Scotland Office? What could it do better?

Comments, suggestions, views or evidence should be given by 31st August 2015.

Email: scotaffcom@parliament.uk