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  • Raising the age of referral to the principal reporter

    The 2019-20 Programme for Government made a commitment to consult on ‘enabling joint reporting to the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service and the Principal Reporter of all 16 and 17 year olds’ offence cases’. Ministers have since agreed to widen the consultation to seek views on... More
    Opened 17 June 2020
  • Call for Views: Advisory Group on Economic Recovery

    The Advisory Group on Economic Recovery has been established by the Scottish Government to provide independent expert advice on supporting the sectors and regions of Scotland's economy to recover from the impact of Covid-19. In establishing this Advisory Group, the Scottish Government has... More
    Opened 18 May 2020
  • Determining the 2020 bathing season in light of the on-going COVID-19 pandemic

    The aim of the Bathing Waters (Scotland) Regulations 2008 is to protect public health, by monitoring water quality at locations popular with large numbers of bathers; providing public information on that water quality; and taking steps to improve water quality where the necessary standards are... More
    Opened 15 May 2020
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making

    The emergence of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is the biggest global challenge that humanity has faced for generations. We want your views on how we overcome the challenges ahead. On 23 April 2020 we published Coronavirus (COVID-19): framework for decision making. This sets out the issues... More
    Opened 5 May 2020
  • Wild Wrasse Harvesting: Consultation on Proposed new Mandatory Fishing Measures

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views about whether the Scottish Government should introduce mandatory measures to control the harvesting of live wrasse for the salmon farming industry. More
    Opened 11 March 2020
  • Just Transition Commission - call for evidence

    The Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets)(Scotland) Act 2019 recently passed by the Scottish Parliament contains some of the most ambitious statutory emission reduction targets in the world. The transition required to meet these targets will be one of a number of long-term structural... More
    Opened 27 February 2020
  • The AI Of The Possible: Developing Scotland's Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy

    The Scottish Government is committed to developing an Artificial Intelligence (AI) strategy for Scotland, as set out in Protecting Scotland's Future: the Government’s Programme for Scotland 2019-2020, published in September 2019. The strategy will help ensure that Scotland maximises the... More
    Opened 17 February 2020
  • Consultation on Fees for Seed Testing, Seed Certification and Associated Seed Functions

    The purpose of this consultation is to seek views from individuals and companies including Professional Operators (seed merchants, seed processors, seed packers), Licensed Crop Inspectors, Licensed Seed Samplers, Licensed Seed Testing Stations (LSTS), farmers and interested members of the public... More
    Opened 14 February 2020
  • Consultation on the draft content of the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Excepted Body Parts) (Scotland) Regulations

    On 11 June 2019 the Scottish Parliament passed the Human Tissue (Authorisation) (Scotland) Act 2019 (‘the 2019 Act’). The 2019 Act provides for a deemed authorisation system of deceased organ and tissue donation for transplantation in Scotland. This is more commonly referred to as an... More
    Opened 14 February 2020
  • Review of Lung Cancer Quality Performance Indicators Consultation

    Under the auspices of the Scottish Cancer Taskforce, National Cancer Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs) were developed to drive continuous quality improvement in cancer care across NHSScotland. The Lung Cancer QPIs were first published in December 2012. The QPIs are subject to formal... More
    Opened 10 February 2020
  • Review of Mental Health Law in Scotland

    A review is being carried out into the way mental health law is working in Scotland. This review was set up by the Scottish Government but it is independent from them. John Scott QC is leading the Review and wants to hear about your experience of mental health law in Scotland. Your views... More
    Opened 3 February 2020
  • Parental Involvement Act - Statutory Guidance

    We have come a long way since the Scottish Schools (Parental Involvement) Act 2006 was passed; setting out the rights of parents to be involved and engaged with their children’s education. This new draft guidance explains the purpose of the legislation and the duties placed upon... More
    Opened 24 January 2020
  • Review of Upper GI Cancer Quality Performance Indicators Consultation

    Under the auspices of the Scottish Cancer Taskforce, National Cancer Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs) were developed to drive continuous quality improvement in cancer care across NHSScotland. The Upper GI Cancer QPIs were first published in November 2012. The QPIs are subject to... More
    Opened 22 January 2020
  • Scottish public authorities sharing data: consultation

    The UK Digital Economy Act 2017 (“The Act”), Part 5 introduces new information sharing powers to reduce debt owed to, or fraud against, the public sector. To be able to use the information sharing powers, public authorities (and bodies which provide services to public authorities in... More
    Opened 21 January 2020
  • Review of HepatoPancreatoBiliary (HPB) Cancer Quality Performance Indicators Consultation

    Under the auspices of the Scottish Cancer Taskforce, National Cancer Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs) were developed to drive continuous quality improvement in cancer care across NHSScotland. The HPB Cancer QPIs were first published in August 2012. The QPIs are subject to formal... More
    Opened 20 January 2020
  • Consultation on the Regulation of Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures in Scotland

    The number of non-surgical cosmetic treatments carried out across Scotland and the UK has risen considerably over the years and continues to do so. In Scotland, independent clinics run by a doctor, nurse, dentist, dental nurse, midwife or dental care professional and who... More
    Opened 17 January 2020
  • Investing in and paying for your water services from 2021: final consultation

    This updated consultation seeks views on drafts of the 2 statutory inputs Scottish Ministers must make to the Strategic Review of Water Charges for the regulatory period 2021-2027 and key issues arising. The documents are the Principles of Charging statement and the Investment Directions and they... More
    Opened 13 January 2020
  • European Territorial Cooperation programmes 2021-2027: consultation

    European Territorial Cooperation (otherwise known as Interreg) programmes are EU funding programmes that give money to organisations from different countries to work together on a project. These programmes cover different geographical areas and have different aims. Each of the... More
    Opened 10 January 2020
  • Scottish Forestry Corporate Plan Consultation

    Scottish Forestry is a new executive agency and this will be our first Corporate Plan. We hope it will help inform stakeholders about our role, strategic direction and priorities. This consultation will target those with an interest in the regulation, management and growth of forests and... More
    Opened 8 January 2020
  • Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010: Extension of Part 2 Order Making Powers

    This consultation looks to obtain stakeholders views on Scottish Ministers proposal to seek the approval of Parliament to extend the duration of Part 2 order making powers in the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010. These order making powers have a 5 year shelf life attached to them... More
    Opened 30 December 2019
  • Strategic Review of Irish - Scottish Relations

    As part of the joint review of the Scotland – Ireland relationship—a collaborative first for both our Governments—this questionnaire is intended to gather the views of all those interested in how Ireland and Scotland associate, cooperate, and collaborate as close neighbours. Whatever your... More
    Opened 23 December 2019
  • Early Learning and Childcare - Statutory Guidance

    This consultation sets out updated Statutory Guidance to education authorities to support them in exercising their functions in relation to the delivery of early learning and childcare from 1 August 2020. Statutory Guidance was previously published in 2014 to support the implementation of the... More
    Opened 20 December 2019
  • A Consultation on the Draft Respiratory Care Action Plan for Scotland

    The purpose of the draft Respiratory Care Action Plan is to highlight the Scottish Government’s vision for driving improvement in the diagnosis, care, treatment and support of people living with respiratory conditions in Scotland. This draft Plan identifies key priorities and... More
    Opened 20 December 2019
  • Energy Efficient Scotland: Improving energy efficiency in owner occupied homes

    Improving energy efficiency and reducing the demand for heat in owner occupied homes will play an important part in helping to reduce both greenhouse gas emissions and fuel poverty. This consultation outlines proposals to tackle these issues. It sets out details of an energy efficiency standard... More
    Opened 19 December 2019
  • Draft Sectoral Marine Plan for Offshore Wind Energy

    The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring secure, reliable and affordable energy supplies within the context of long-term decarbonisation of energy generation. Continued growth of the renewable energy sector in Scotland is an essential feature of the future clean energy system and a... More
    Opened 18 December 2019
  • Planning Performance and Fees

    This consultation paper proposes a new approach to how the performance of planning authorities is measured, the role of the planning improvement co-ordinator and a new structure for the planning fee regime along with the introduction of additional services which authorities can charge for and the... More
    Opened 18 December 2019
  • Draft Offshore Wind Policy Statement

    The Draft Offshore Wind Policy Statement aims to set out the Scottish Government's ambitions for the future of offshore wind policy in Scotland, in light of the recent net zero by 2045 commitment made by the First Minister. The Policy Statement will also set the context for Marine Scotland's draft... More
    Opened 18 December 2019
  • Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill: A consultation

    The consultation on the draft Gender Recognition Reform (Scotland) Bill closed for responses on March 17 2020. The Scottish Government thanks everyone who submitted a response. On 1 April 2020, the Minister for Parliamentary Business and Veterans, Graeme Dey MSP, announced the... More
    Opened 17 December 2019
  • Scottish Low Emission Zones: Consultation on Regulations and Guidance

    This consultation on Scotland's Low Emission Zones: Regulations and Guidance gives us an opportunity to seek your opinions on issues of a technical nature that underpin the operation and delivery of Low Emission Zones (LEZs), including the substantive issue of emission standards, exemptions and... More
    Opened 13 December 2019
  • The practice of cash retention under construction contracts

    There is evidence that some payment practices prevalent in the construction industry are a barrier to investment, productivity improvements and growth. Cash retention, where the process is misused or abused, can be one such practice . The retention system is a long-standing... More
    Opened 4 December 2019
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