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Scottish Affairs Committee wants your inquiry ideas

8 July 2020

The Scottish Affairs Committee embarks on an engagement mission that will see the ideas and concerns of the public in Scotland become an inquiry.

The Committee will cast wide net across Scotland to hear all suggestions, with shortlisted applicants having the opportunity to pitch their idea in a presentation to MPs on the Committee later this year.

The first My Scottish Affairs Inquiry, held in 2017, received more than 130 ideas submitted from members of the public. Digital Connectivity in Scotland was selected from these suggestions to become the subject of a full inquiry, with the report published in July 2018. Since the publication of the report both the UK and Scottish governments have committed to improving broadband speeds and access.

The Committee will invite ideas for any topic for which policy is governed by Westminster, including but not limited to areas such as defence, trade and immigration.

Chair’s Comment

Chair of the Scottish Affairs Committee Pete Wishart said:

“Too often inquiries are top-down; MPs in Westminster deciding what policies will be scrutinised. While there’s space for this, it sometimes overlooks the immediate concerns of those on the ground suffering the consequences of policy gaps.  We want you to help create an inquiry on subjects that mean a lot to you. What do you think Scottish Affairs Committee should be exploring this Parliament? Whatever walk of life you’re from we want your expertise or experiences put to the Committee. Each and every person’s insight and perspective is unique, and we are eager to see what the best ideas are for us to take forward.”

Getting involved

The Committee welcomes proposals from anyone, and you can submit your ideas on our online form here up to 31 August. The online form will take participants through what policy areas fall within the remit of the Scottish Affairs Committee.

Proposals for inquiries could answer the questions:

  • What issues should the Committee be examining during this Parliament? Why are these issues important?
  • What aspects of UK Government policy are not working, or could be made to work better, in and for Scotland? In what ways are these policies not working for Scotland, or could be made to work better?
  • What are your views on the effectiveness of the Scotland Office? What could it do better?

The Scottish Affairs Committee cannot take forward individual cases and complaints.

Further information

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