7 Stakeholder survey |
63. In the final stages of the Parliament we conducted
a survey of our stakeholders. The pace and scale of our work (scrutinising
over 1,000 documents a year) means that we only rarely conduct
full-scale inquiries into particular measures, but we nonetheless
welcome submissions and regularly refer to them in our Reports.
A particular example in the 2014-15 Session was our work on the
which included liaison with both the UK Major Ports Group and
the trade union Unite.
64. Twenty-five organisations responded to the survey,
including several umbrella groups representing a number of their
members. The results revealed a considerable degree of interest
in the scrutiny process and we received some positive feedback
about the work we had done.
65. We posed the question "If you have submitted
comments, what response did you receive, and were you content
with the outcome?" The majority painted a positive picture:
supportive and informed response";
comments were listened to and we were content with the outcome";
are always very helpful";
Committee response was detailed
The Committee's engagement
with Government Ministers was extremely helpful";
response, good understanding of the issues. Our concerns were
raised effectively with the Minister";
used the information we provided to hold the
Government to account very effectively"; and
and related professions, were called to give evidence to the Committee.
We were very satisfied with the outcome."
66. Others were not wholly positive:
response that I can recall";
satisfied that the Committee sought assurances on
the areas of concern from the Minister responsible before allowing
the dossier to proceed. However it was not clear what level of
assurance the Committee was seeking
the decision to give
the dossier a green light would appear to be entirely subjective".
67. Our Scrutiny Reform Report concluded that
we would in future consider in more detail the "impacts"
of EU legislation. Stakeholder engagement is clearly an important
part of that process. We have some excellent examples over this
Parliament of effective liaison with outside bodies, but there
is always more that could be done to raise the profile of the
Committee, particularly using our website and social media, and
we look to our successor Committee in the new Parliament to take
that forward. We recommend that our successor Committee repeat
this survey exercise at regular intervals in the new Parliament
to get feedback on the scrutiny system.
42 See the Committee's Fourteenth Report of Session 2014-15,
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