Scottish Economic Statistics Consultation Group


This group is no longer active.

The Group covers the following National Statistics Themes (or parts of themes):

  • The Economy
  • Commerce, Energy and Industry
  • Labour Market
  • Tourism
  • Local Government Finance

The purpose of the Group is to identify the key strategic statistical information required by all interested parties, and to develop and implement a strategy for prioritising and meeting these needs while minimising, where possible, the burden on data suppliers and maintaining quality fit for purpose.

The main elements of this are:

  • identification of the principal gaps in the provision of Scottish economic statistics;
  • advice on the prioritisation of areas of new and developmental work;
  • provision of technical advice on existing methodologies, developmental work and new indicators;
  • working within the overall ScotStat structure.

In these respects the group will:

  • consider and provide advice on any issues raised by the ScotStat Board, by members of the Group or other contributors;
  • consider existing information on the economy, in order to identify gaps or redundancy in information;
  • provide advice on prioritising and filling of gap areas, and on any additional resource implications;
  • comment on the Scottish Economic Statistics Programme;
  • oversee the working group on Local Government Finance;
  • set up temporary working groups to consider particular issues when necessary;
  • contribute to work on cross-cutting issues or areas of joint interest with other ScotStat theme Groups;
  • consider the options for effective dissemination of Scottish economic statistics in ways which will provide for maximum access, ease of understanding and use;
  • consider different channels through which future work might be pursued;
  • provide annual feedback on progress to the ScotStat Board.

The group will meet twice yearly, and a summary of key points will be circulated to the Chairs of the other ScotStat committees. Members of the Scottish Economic Consultants Register who do not attend meetings will also be consulted from time to time and kept informed of proceedings.

An archive of past papers and minutes of this group may be found at this page of the National Records of Scotland archive of

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Scottish Executive SESCG members include:

Name Email

Sandy Stewart (chair)

Gary Gillespie

Andrew Mortimer

Stevan Croasdale

Richard Morrison

Deborah Pegg

Valerie West

Marina Curran

Dave Hurst

Jonathan Davidson

Graeme Roy

Richard Murray

External SESCG members include:

Name Organisation
Claire McDonald

Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Alex Morton

South Lanarkshire Council

Brian Ashcroft

University of Strathclyde

Charles Burton

Oxford Economics

Donald MacRae

Lloyds Banking Group - Scotland

Hervey Gibson

Cogent Strategies

Iain Duff

Bank of England

Paul Hughes

Scottish Enterprise

Stephen Boyd


Jim Dewar

Scottish Parliament Information Centre

Kim Swales

Fraser of Allander Institute

Richard Harris


John Dewhurst

University of Dundee

Jonathan Crook

University of Edinburgh

Jim Cuthbert

Independent consultant

Margaret Cuthbert

Independent consultant



Telephone: 0300 244 0 442


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