Consultation Hub

The Scottish Government wants to make it as easy as possible for those who wish to express their opinions on a proposed area of work to do so in ways which will inform and enhance that work.

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Below are some of the issues we have recently consulted on and their outcomes.

Historic Environment Scotland Act: Secondary Legislation

We asked:
About principles and draft wording of new and revised regulations required to operationalise changes made by Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. The Act sets up a new NDPB, Historic Environment Scotland, to take over functions from Historic Scotland e.g. scheduling, listing, consents. HES will also be a consultation body for developments which could impact the historic environment. We sought specific views around procedures for appeals and handling live cases during transition.
You said:
36 responses were received, showing strong support for the approach and the drafts as consulted upon. Clarification and reassurance were sought on some aspects (e.g. consultation timescales, operational implementation, guidance below the level of regulations). There were helpful comments on transitional arrangements and on the scheme of delegation for properties in care. In connection with the scheme, the need for robust and transparent arrangements was singled out for comment.
We did:
Based on your feedback we finalised the draft regulations and associated orders which were laid before Parliament on 4 June 2015. Comments received will also inform the development of guidance. We agree that robust and transparent arrangements for the management of the properties in care are crucial. The scheme that will achieve this is currently under development and will take into account of your responses. It will be published once it comes into effect.

Scottish Independence Bill: a consultation on an interim constitution for Scotland.

We asked:
For your answers to questions on the Scottish Independence Bill, which provides for Scotland to become an independent State in March 2016 and set out a draft interim constitution
You said:
a wide range of comments across all questions. Overall the balance of opinion was in favour of the proposals.
We did:
The Scottish Independence Bill had its place in the overall debate that lead to the Referendum on 18 September but the Government will obviously not be pursuing the Bill now.

New Environmental Enforcement Framework - Consultation on New Enforcement Measures for the Scottish Environment Protection Agency and the Relevant Offences Order

We asked:
We sought comments from stakeholders on the design and use of SEPA's new enforcement measures and the relevant offences order. These measures include Fixed Monetary Penalties, Variable Monetary Penalties, Enforcement Undertakings and Non compliance Penalties.
You said:
We received 47 responses. There was strong support for the underlying aims of SEPA's proposed enforcement approach and the outlined proposals for the new measures, with the majority of questions asked attracting at least 65% support. Clarification and reassurance was sought in relation to implementation and the associated guidance. Where permission has been given, responses to the consultation can be found on the Scottish Government website: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/11/6499
We did:
Based on this feedback, the Scottish Government and SEPA will finalise the draft enforcement order together with COPFS. The views of respondents will also inform the development of SEPA guidance and SEPA will be consulting on prosed guidance during 2015, along with a new enforcement policy.

During the consultation process, we ask for your feedback, you tell us and then we make positive changes. Public participation is key to our work. See what happens with We Asked, You Said, We Did.