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.

You can view older Scottish Government consultations here, and view a list of archived consultations (pre-2004) here.

We Asked, You Said, We Did

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

The Specified Diseases (Notification) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2016

We Asked:

Your views on proposals to make Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea (PED) a notifiable disease in Scotland.

You Said:

We received 11 responses from individuals, organisations and one local authority.  Respondents were unanimously supportive of the proposal to make PED notifiable to an industry-led body.  Respondents also agreed with the draft Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment, and Privacy Impact Assessment, which accompanied the consultation paper.

We Did:

Following the positive feedback from consultation respondents and the continued support of the industry, The Specified Diseases (Notification) Amendment (Scotland) Order 2016 was laid in Parliament on 25th January.  Subject to Parliamentary scrutiny, the order will come into force on 2nd March 2016 making it mandatory for pig keepers to report any suspected case of PED to Quality Meat Scotland through the Scottish Pig Disease Control Centre.

The Police Act 1997 and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 Remedial Order 2015

We Asked:

Your views on the 2015 remedial order which made some amendments to the disclosure regime in Scotland.

You Said:

We received 27 responses from organisations and individuals, as well as a response from the Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee of the Scottish Parliament.  The respondents generally supported the reforms we made.  A small number of changes to the offence lists were suggested.  The majority of respondents stated that guidance was needed to support the remedial order.

We Did:

Scottish Ministers have proposed some amendments to the 2015 remedial order due to some of the comments received.  The main changes concern  refinement of the offence lists and reducing the timescale to apply to a Sheriff to have information removed from a disclosure from 6 months to 3 months.  These proposals are contained in the Police Act 1997 and the Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 Remedial (No. 2) Order 2015 which, subject to Parliament’s agreement, will come into force on 8 February 2016.  Additional guidance is being produced.

Consultation on a draft statutory code of practice and training requirements for letting agents in Scotland

We Asked:

We asked for your views on a draft letting agent code of practice and training requirement proposals for letting agents operating in Scotland.

You Said:

The majority of you agreed with Scottish Government proposals on the Code but requested further guidance and clarification on certain aspects. Also, most of you agreed with the Scottish Government proposals on the training requirements. See the full independent analysis of responses for more detail.

We Did:

We have used your responses to amend the draft letting agent code of practice and to finalise our approach to the training requirement. The Letting Agent Code of Practice (Scotland) Regulations 2016, which sets out the revised draft code of practice was laid in the Scottish Parliament on 18 January 2016.

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.