New inquiry into Scottish video games industry

23 July 2010

The Scottish Affairs Committee has announced an inquiry into the video games industry in Scotland and invites the public to submit evidence.

The Committee's inquiry will examine the potential impact on Scotland’s video games industry of the recent announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to abolish tax relief for this sector, and to examine alternative financial incentives for the industry.

More than 50 gaming companies are based in Scotland and the industry is a major source of revenue and employment.

Terms of reference

The Committee will be looking at:

  • The contribution made by the Scottish video games industry to both the Scottish and UK economy
  • What consultation was held by the UK Government with the industry before the decision was made to abolish a Games Tax Relief
  • The level of tax breaks or incentives offered in competitor countries
  • What potential impact the decision to abolish Games Tax Relief will make on the video games industry in Scotland
  • Alternative financial incentives for the industry

How to submit evidence

The Committee welcomes written evidence from interested parties on any, or all, aspects of the inquiry by 10 September. The Committee will be arranging public oral evidence sessions, and details of these will be announced in due course.

Submissions should be in Word or rich text format and sent by e-mail to [email protected]. The body of the e-mail must include a contact name, telephone number and postal address. The e-mail should also make clear who the submission is from.

Submissions must address the terms of the inquiry and should not as a rule exceed 2,000 words. Paragraphs should be numbered for ease of reference, and the document should include an executive summary.

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