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.

Consultation towards Scotland’s Rail Freight Strategy

We Asked:

For your views on the development of a Rail Freight Strategy for Scotland.  This included the opportunity to comment on the draft vision for the rail freight sector as well as a number of draft proposals aimed at supporting the sector to achieve its potential in a manner consistent with the Scottish Government’s transport and broader economic, social and environmental objectives.

You Said:

We received 46 responses, many of which were supportive of the broad principles and approach and agreed with the representation of the key challenges and opportunities for the rail freight sector as set out.  Accordingly, the draft vision, objectives and broad actions that were trailed in the consultation document have been retained in the final Strategy.  There were comments on how the Strategy could be strengthened, areas of focus prioritised, and timescales for actions accelerated.

We Did:

The evidence collected both through the consultation process and the supplementary stakeholder workshops was comprehensively assessed and informed the publication of “Delivering the Goods, Scotland’s Rail Freight Strategy”.  The Strategy sets out how we will work in partnership with the rail freight industry and others to realise our vision for rail freight through the four core levers of: innovation, facilitation, promotion and investment.  An Analysis Report (summarising the consultation responses) and note of discussion was published alongside the Strategy on the Transport Scotland website.

Review of Nomenclature of Units for Territorial Statistics (NUTS) Boundaries

We Asked:

NUTS boundaries are used for reporting of regional statistics to Eurostat and those statistics are used to inform regional policy. The Scottish Government is proposing to create a fifth NUTS2 boundary in the south of Scotland. Do you have any comments on the Scottish Government's proposals for creating a fifth NUTS2 region?

You Said:

Responses were generally supportive of the proposal however some issues were raised which the Scottish Government has given its response to. Please see the full Review of NUTS Boundaries.

We Did:

It is the opinion of the Chief Statistician and  the Scottish Government that the reporting of statistics to the European Union for Scotland would be better achieved by creating a fifth NUTS area for ‘Southern Scotland’ and reducing the size of the South Western and Eastern regions.

This will create more population balanced NUTS2 areas and will improve statistical evidence and reporting for the mainly rural south of Scotland.

The Scottish Government has now recommended to ONS that they request changes to the NUTS2 regions as detailed in this document. The Scottish Government will also recommend the three NUTS2 areas be classified as ‘Eastern Scotland’, ‘West Central Scotland’ and ‘Southern Scotland’. These names will reflect the areas which they represent.

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.

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.