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Meeting Minutes

2nd Meeting, 2021

Date: Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Session: 6
Location: TG.40-CR1 The Burns Room
Meeting opened at 10:00am
Meeting closed at: 12:17pm

Committee Members Attendees

Claire Baker (Convener)

Colin Beattie (Deputy Convener)

Jamie Halcro Johnston
Fiona Hyslop

Gordon MacDonald

Colin Smyth

Michelle Thomson


Apologies were received from

Alexander Burnett

Lorna Slater

Also present

Maggie Chapman

1 Decision on taking business in private: 

The Committee agreed to take items 4 and 5 in private. 

2 Economic recovery:

The Committee took evidence from -

Carolyn Currie, Chief Executive, Women’s Enterprise Scotland;

Rose Marley, Chief Executive, Co-operatives UK;

Barry McCulloch, Head of Policy, Federation of Small Businesses Scotland;

Dave Moxham, Deputy General Secretary, Scottish Trades Union Congress;

Charandeep Singh BEM, Deputy Chief Executive, Scottish Chambers of Commterce.

3 UK Subordinate Legislation:

The Committee noted the Scottish Government's consent notification in respect of the following instrument —

The Public Procurement (Agreement on Government Procurement) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2021.

4 Economic recovery (in private)

The Committee considered the evidence heard earlier in the meeting.

5 Work programme (in private):

At its business planning day, the Committee considered its work programme. It agreed to seek written updates and progress reports from the Scottish Government on a number of issues; defer the planned evidence session with the Scottish National Investment Bank; invite the Road Haulage Association, the Scottish Retail Consortium Scotland and Forth Ports to an evidence session; consider a scoping paper prior to a first inquiry into supply chains and request further information from the Scottish Government on its response to the town centre review and publication of a retail strategy before considering the focus of inquiry work in those areas.

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