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Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Adam Ingram

Are there any other revenue-raising opportunities likely to produce significant returns? You mentioned the air show, which successfully returned to Prestwick, and the railway station is obviously an investment opportunity.



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Adam Ingram

Do you have any more detail on the plans to exploit the airport’s land and property portfolio? I dare say that the fact that the press conference that Mark Griffin mentioned will be held in the 747 hangar on Friday, with Mr Trump and the airport management, might be indicative of developments in this area—or am I wrong?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Adam Ingram

Okay.



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Adam Ingram

Yes. John Scott referred to the very exciting prospect of Prestwick being the base for the UK’s spaceport, which I understand should be open by 2018. I also understand that the bidding competition will be determined by early 2015 and that eight sites are being considered, of which six are in Scotland. Should Prestwick airport not be the Scottish Government’s preferred bid for the location of the first UK spaceport?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Adam Ingram

Thank you for responding with the airport management’s rationale. I certainly look forward to having the airport management in front of us at a future meeting. It is only fair to point out the view of the affected companies. There is no doubt that the airport can handle the technical aspects of the business that they operate, such as refuelling and looking after the crews of private and military aircraft that come to the airport. It is the handling of the customer relationship that the businesses have specialist skills in, and those skills are likely to be lost.

The US-owned company, for example, intends to transfer its operation to another, competitor airport, and the senior management at Greer Aviation will not involve itself at Prestwick. There is potentially a significant loss of business from the activity being taken in house. In my judgment, which is obviously not the judgment of the airport management, the move is a bad idea. It also sends the wrong signal to potential private sector investors that an airport management can unilaterally take over business that companies have been operating successfully.

Can the decision be revisited? You mentioned that a new chair has been appointed. Is the decision not something that he can review?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Adam Ingram

Okay. Thanks for that answer.

I want to ask a question about a more specific issue. A key success factor for the airport’s future is identified in the vision document. It says:

“An integrated partnership approach to business development and marketing”

should be adopted with the airport

“working cooperatively with the local tourism and aviation related industries.”

In that context, I do not understand the rationale behind the termination of the leases of the two specialist ground-handling companies, Greer Aviation—which I have visited and which I know colleagues have visited—and Landmark Aviation, which have operated successfully at the airport for several years. Can you give us an understanding of the rationale behind that?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Adam Ingram

I am going to press you a little bit in that area. Obviously, because of commercial confidentiality, the vision document does not really go into detail on revenue-generating initiatives, but can you give us a broad overview of how Prestwick airport intends to increase revenues on the aviation side and the commercial side?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Adam Ingram

I will develop the theme of the need to stimulate the demand for energy-efficient housing. Some of our witnesses have suggested that the Scottish Government should consider using its tax-raising powers to stimulate such demand by, for example, using the land and buildings transaction tax bands to incentivise energy-efficient housing, or using energy ratings as conditions in any help-to-buy schemes.



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Adam Ingram

I hope that I am not talking out of turn in saying that the consensus on the committee is that energy efficiency in our homes should be a national infrastructure priority. I imagine that that will form part of our report on the budget.



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Adam Ingram

I will stick to energy efficiency. What investment does the Scottish Government believe is necessary to cut emissions while helping to eradicate fuel poverty? You mentioned that just under £80 million is dedicated to energy efficiency measures in the budget. Some witnesses have indicated that, although that investment is welcome, it is short of what is needed. Existing Homes Alliance Scotland referred to a figure of £125 million, and that was before we heard about the loss of funds for ECO measures to improve existing housing stock, which you also mentioned. We understand that some £50 million per annum has been taken off that ECO funding. There is an issue in relation to sustaining, maintaining and improving funding for energy efficiency measures in current housing stock. What is your response?

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S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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Motion S4M-08021: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/10/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07968: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/10/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07673: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07050: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/06/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-06879: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/06/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-06837: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/06/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-04875: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/11/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-04226: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/09/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-02413: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/03/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-02101: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/02/2012 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03760: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03576: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22534: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22533: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22535: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03508: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03228: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03146: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03120: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/04/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03045: Adam Ingram, Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/03/2014 Show Full Question >>

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