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Scottish Government and public sector agencies questioned on creative industries

2 November 2015

The Scottish Affairs Committee visits Glasgow on Monday 2 November as part of its inquiry into creative industries.


Monday 2 November 2015, Brian Cox Studio at the Scottish Youth Theatre, The Old Sheriff Court, 105 Brunswick Street, Glasgow, G1 1TF

Panel one: BBC in Scotland

At 10.15am

  • Bill Matthews, Chair, Audience Council Scotland

Panel 2: Highlands and Islands

At 11am

  • Charlotte Wright, Director of Business and Sector Development, and
  • Iain Hamilton, Head of Creative Industries, Highlands and Islands Enterprise
  • Peter Honeyman, Subject Network Leader, Creative and Cultural Industries, University of the Highlands and Islands

Panel 3: Scottish public sector agencies

At 1pm

  • Janet Archer, Chief Executive, Creative Scotland
  • David Smith, Director of Creative Industries, Scottish Enterprise
  • David Martin, Creative Industries Sector Manager, Skills Development Scotland

Panel 4: Scottish Government

At 2pm 

  • Fiona Hyslop MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, Scottish Government

Chair's comments

Pete Wishart, Chair of the Committee, commented:

"It is apt that we are hosting this session at the Scottish Youth Theatre, one of the nation's best organisations for helping creative young people to thrive. Part of the purpose of this inquiry is to work out how the UK government can help the creative sector in Scotland thrive, creating jobs and opportunities for the students who come here.

In the afternoon session, we will be taking evidence from the politicians and public bodies  responsible for supporting and enabling creative enterprises. We will be hearing from Fiona Hyslop, MSP and Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, as well as representatives from Creative Scotland, Scottish Enterprise and Skills Development Scotland.

Before this, in the morning session, we will look at how the BBC is responding to the challenge of representing the interests of Scotland's diverse population, and also looking at the particular opportunities and challenges of the creative industries in rural Scotland. We will be taking evidence from Audience Council Scotland, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and University of the Highlands and Islands.

The session will be open to the public, with anyone who wishes to attend welcome."

Scottish evidence sessions

This is the Committee's third evidence session in Scotland this Parliament, having held a session in Edinburgh in September looking at the work of the Scottish Affairs, and the first session on the creative industries being held in Dundee on 19 October.

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