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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00146: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 7 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how the Enterprise and Skills Review will deliver its commitment to regional cohesion.

Answered by: Keith Brown 15 September 2016

As already highlighted in response to Mr Lockhart’s question earlier, the Enterprise and Skills Review has benefitted from high levels of stakeholder interest and engagement during the summer. Over 320 responses from individuals, representative organisations and institutions have been received to our call for evidence, showing the Review’s critical importance. 

As noted, the first stage of the review will conclude shortly and set out the key recommendations for change across a number of areas. This will include regional considerations. Phase 2 will take forward consideration of these recommendations with key partners, including in the South of Scotland. The timetable for this will be set out alongside the Phase 1 outcomes. 

Our Economic Strategy demonstrates our commitment to promoting inclusive growth and creating opportunity for all through a fair and inclusive jobs market and regional cohesion. Ensuring all parts of Scotland benefit from sustainable economic growth and contribute to it is essential to Scotland's prosperity and cohesion.