Scottish Engineering Conference 2019
The Scottish Government is the executive arm of the devolved government for Scotland.
The Scottish Government, known as the Scottish Executive prior to 2007, is responsible in Scotland for all issues that are not explicitly reserved to the United Kingdom Parliament at Westminster by Schedule 5 of the Scotland Act 1998.
Devolved matters include health, education, justice, home affairs, rural affairs, economic development and transport.
The Scottish Government is led by a First Minister, nominated by the Scottish Parliament and by the Queen, who then appoints a Ministerial team, with the approval of Parliament, from the elected MSPs. The Scottish Law Officers, the Lord Advocate and Solicitor General, can be appointed from outside the Parliament's membership, but are subject to its approval. The First Minister, the Cabinet Secretaries and the Scottish Law Officers are members of the Scottish Government. They are collectively known as the 'Scottish Ministers'.
Parliamentary elections in Scotland, initiated in 1999 when the Scottish Parliament was re-convened after a gap of almost 300 years, are now held every five years.
Of 129 MSPs 73 are elected from first-past-the-post constituencies with a further 56 are returned from eight regions, each of which elect seven MSPs as a form of mixed member proportional representation.
New Administrations are appointed after each election.
Previous Administrations have served for the periods
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Scottish Engineering meets the key role of representing the needs of the engineering industry to the relevant authorities. The aim of this function is to create the social, legal and economic conditions favourable to the effective conduct of manufacturing business. This is achieved by developing and maintaining contacts with Members of the Scottish Parliament (Holyrood), Members of Parliament (Westminster), Members of the European Parliament (Brussels), Scottish Enterprise, Scotland Office, Local Authorities and the various enforcing bodies, including HSE and SEPA.
Our core function is to support the manufacturing engineering industry. We maintain links with organisations and bodies which have a bearing on the efficient operation of our industry. These include Scottish Enterprise, the EEF, Holyrood, Westminster and Brussels. Legislation or directives dealing with relevant areas of the manufacturing sector are considered and discussed by our professional staff and by committees containing personnel from member companies. In this way we are able to inform our membership of impending legislation and how they should deal with it.
We assist industry recruitment by our active involvement with educational establishments including primary schools, secondary schools, colleges and universities. Several colleges and universities are in membership.
By highlighting achievement in our industry we fulfil a profiling function. We do this in a number of ways which include raising media awareness and presenting awards for excellence within our industry.
The University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC)
is a globally-recognised centre of excellence in innovative manufacturing
technologies, engineering research and development, and metal forming and
For almost a decade the centre has been at the heart of manufacturing research
in Scotland. It is the only High Value Manufacturing Catapult centre in the
country, one of only 7 in the UK making it the critical link between manufacturers
in Scotland and the rest of this world-class network of manufacturing innovation
The AFRC helps to fill the gap between fundamental academic research and industry.
We help companies to turn innovative technologies and ideas into a commercial
reality that will increase their competitiveness, boost their business and secure the
manufacturing sector in Scotland and the UK for generations to come.
We offer world-class expertise and cutting-edge technologies that help firms
develop solutions that bring about real business benefits for companies of all
sizes from across the UK and internationally.
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I was keen to get a better understanding/background to the budget and this was met. Well structured event with good and knowledgeable speakers.