Scotland’s Construction Sector Inquiry – Call for Views

The Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee is seeking views on the construction sector in Scotland.


 The remit of the inquiry is –

To understand the characteristics and challenges of Scotland’s construction sector to ensure the sector realises its full potential in contributing to a productive and inclusive Scottish economy. Specific areas of focus will include: economic impact; access to finance; skills; procurement; infrastructure investment; and innovation.

Construction is a wide-ranging sector, where industry outputs vary from minor improvements to major capital projects across the realms of infrastructure, commercial, and residential. The sector is an important driver of the wider economy, due to the impact that construction investment has on other sectors. The sector helps to underpin Scotland’s economy via housing provision, developing transport infrastructure, contributing to the sustainability of the built environment, delivering infrastructure for health services, educational, and community activities across Scotland. Despite its role as a driver of economic activity, the sector is not without its challenges.


Priorities for consideration

Organisations and individuals are invited to submit written evidence in relation to the priorities set out below.

We plan to focus on the following areas of priority within this inquiry –

  • Economic impact of the construction sector 
  • Access to finance 
  • Construction skills planning system 
  • The construction procurement model 
  • Meeting Scotland’s infrastructure needs 
  • Driving innovation

Please use the template provided to format your submission. This includes the Data Protection Form. Please complete this form and send it in with your submission.

Before making a submission, please read our privacy notice about submitting your views to a Committee Privacy Notice. This tells you about how we process your personal data.

Download template form

 

Email submissions to: economyenergyandfairwork@parliament.scot

Additional online survey can be accessed here: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/constructionsurvey/  

The closing date for receipt of submissions is Wednesday 13 February 2019.

 


 

The Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee is holding a focus group session so that MSPs who sit on the Committee can hear from small businesses about challenges in the sector. This session is taking place near the beginning of the inquiry so that the participants can help shape what areas will be important for the Committee to look at during this piece of work. 

The Committee is inviting Small Businesses who work in the Construction Sector to attend this focus group session on Monday 18th February, 2pm – 4pm, at Construction Scotland Innovation Centre in Blantyre.

The remit of the Inquiry is – 

To understand the characteristics and challenges of Scotland’s construction sector to ensure the sector realises its full potential in contributing to a productive and inclusive Scottish economy. Specific areas of focus will include: economic impact; access to finance; skills; procurement; infrastructure investment; land asset management; and innovation.

For those who cannot make the above event there is the opportunity to respond to an online survey via This Link

It would be helpful if those who are attending the event also complete the survey in advance so we are aware of the main priority areas for discussion.

Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing economy@parliament.scot by Friday 8thFebruary