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Scottish Government consultations


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We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

We asked for your views on draft proposals aimed at improving the regulations surrounding Experimental Orders for all Road Authorities in Scotland.  We also sought your views on the potential need for changing the regulations that govern Redetermination Orders and Loading Bays. 

You said

We received a total of 450 responses to the public consultation.  In relation to ETROs, many individuals, organisations and local authorities are not content with the current system (71%). 

When considering responses to Loading Bays and Redetermination Orders there was clear division in the types of responses received. It is our conclusion that further work is required to assess the demand for legislative change in these areas. 

We did

We have published non-confidential responses to the consultation and an analysis of the consultation responses (link below).  Preparations are now underway for new regulations and the feedback received from this consultation will help shape that process.

The full analysis report can be found at;


We asked

We sought views on proposals for regulations on the preparation, submission and registration of Local Place Plans. We also asked for people’s views on the accompanying impact assessments.

A public consultation took place between 15 March 2021 and 25 June 2021.

You said

We received over 200 responses to the consultation of which 37 were from community councils / trusts and 62 individuals. Other responses were received from the public sector, including planning authorities, and developers / business interests.

We did

Craigforth was commissioned to undertake an independent analysis of responses.  The report presents the findings from the public consultation and explains the methodology that was used to analyse responses.

Where permission to publish has been provided, the consultation responses are now available to view online.

The responses, together with the analysis report, have informed and shaped the regulations which will be laid in the Scottish Parliament in Autumn 2021. The responses will also assist in the development of accompanying guidance.

We asked

We consulted on a series of questions relating to the qualifying criteria for  pardoning Miners convicted of certain offences relating to the Miners' Strike of 1984-85.

You said

The findings from the consultative response indicated that there was broad support for the pardon and that the only relevant qualifying criteria should be the range of offences to be covered by the pardon.

We did

A Miners Strike Pardons Bill was announced in September 2021 as part of the Scottish Government's 2021-22 legislative programme. The findings of the consultative response will be used to inform the drafting of the Bill.