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S5W-08907: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 20 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the publication of the UK Government’s green paper, Building our Industrial Strategy, in January 2017, what engagement ministers have had with the strategy’s consultation process.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 4 May 2017

The Scottish Government is focused on ensuring sustainable economic growth. Many of the areas set out in the Industrial Strategy, such as skills, business support and trade and investment support, are devolved to the Scottish Government and it is important that Scotland is considered in how the Industrial Strategy is taken forward.

The UK Government’s Green paper contains a proposal to establish a Ministerial Forum on Industrial Strategy with each of the devolved administrations to ensure synergies between devolved and reserved areas: this commitment is being fulfilled via the Scottish Business Growth Group, which first met on 20 April 2017.

This group was established after the First Minister announced plans for a post-EU Referendum business network to work more closely and collaboratively with the main business bodies, the STUC, and the Scotland Office to help shape future policy and support for business. It provides a space for constructive dialogue and, where relevant and agreed, partnership working around:

overcoming economic, commercial and labour market challenges and seizing opportunities; post-Referendum business-related policy development within government; and communications

We continue to work with UK Government throughout the consultation process providing crucial input and change.