Consumer Scotland Bill
We have been working with the Scottish Government as they have developed plans for Consumer Scotland.
- In September, we submitted a response to the Scottish Parliament's Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee, outlining our views on the legislation.
- Our Director, UK Nations & Director for Scotland, Sheila Scobie, gave evidence to the Committee on 5 November.
- The Committee's stage 1 report was published at the end of December, with the stage 1 debate taking place in the Chamber before the end of this month.
Transport (Scotland) Bill
As part of our ongoing work advising on the Transport (Scotland) Bill, we published a briefing on the competition and consumer implications of Local Authorities running commercial bus services. As noted by Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson, we will continue to work with Transport Scotland to develop further guidance for Local Authorities. If you would like to receive a copy of the briefing, or would like more information, please contact us at email@example.com
Scottish Legal Services Research
We intend to publish the findings of our research into the Scottish Legal service market early this year. We have focused on the benefits of independent regulation of legal services and the impact of the current regulatory framework in Scotland on competition, particularly on innovation and the entry of new business models to the market. The latest updates can be found on our project page.
- We also responded to the Scottish Parliament petition on equal rights for Commercial Attorneys.
Since our last update, Edinburgh-based staff have been engaging with a number of Scottish University law and business schools to talk about our work, including:
- speaking about our work in Scotland at the launch event for SCALES, the Strathclyde Centre for Anti-trust Law and Empirical Study at the University of Strathclyde.
- delivering lectures and workshops to the law schools at Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities
Competition Impact Assessment Training
We delivered competition impact assessment training to a range of Scottish Government policy teams in Glasgow. This covered a wide range of policy areas, including: Energy, Climate Change and Transport. The training outlined the importance of competition and how they can screen for competition concerns in new or existing markets. The aim of the training is to encourage policy makers to consider any impact a new policy can have on markets for the benefit of consumers.
Symposium on Consumer Detriment
In September, we held a symposium on consumer detriment in Edinburgh with breakout sessions covering a number of key areas, including, vulnerable consumers; cracking down on cartels; digital markets; and fintech and open banking. We have produced a summary covering each of the breakout discussions. If you would like a copy of the summary, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The CMA will publish its Annual Plan 2020/21 for consultation later this month. Responses to the consultation will help us to set the CMAs priorities for the year ahead.
We will be holding an annual plan consultation event in Edinburgh on Monday 3 February from 1400 - 1600. If you would like more information, or register to attend, please email email@example.com.
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