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Meeting of the Parliament 27 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Chic Brodie (South Scotland) (SNP)

Given the ambiguities around the application or disapplication of conditions, as enshrined in the clauses of the draft bill, will the Scottish Government indicate what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the fiscal policies and framework that are needed to support the promised early introduction of the bill? Will the Scottish Government discuss the issue of capital borrowing with the UK Government, and the suggestion that capital spending could be replaced by borrowing? Has the UK Government indicated when those fiscal requirements will be ready?



Meeting of the Parliament 27 January 2015 : Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Chic Brodie (South Scotland) (SNP)

I welcome the debate and I will support the motion.

Some years ago, as a young manager with NCR, a manufacturer in Dundee, I had the privilege of working with a team of individuals and a company whose workforce increased from 1,100 to 6,500 on the back of demands resulting from decimalisation and the simultaneous creation of a new computer range. Sadly, because of changing technology and demands, the number eventually fell back to 1,500 over six years and seven periods of redundancies—the consequences of which still live with me today. Not once or twice but seven times, I sat opposite good colleagues, who were wives, mothers, husbands, fathers and others, and advised them that their job was redundant. That still hurts to this day and it is why, in every election since, I have made job creation and continued employment my major driver.

PACE did not exist then but, happily, it does today. It draws together local and national bodies such as SDS, Jobcentre Plus and local authorities along with the STUC and affiliated unions to provide a rapid response to redundancies. Change is constant and redundancies are a consequence—a limited one, we hope—of change, whether it be economic, competitive or financial change. How we address redundancy is absolutely critical, and it must be done speedily.

Of course, our first objective has to be to minimise the risk of redundancy. That is done by having a focused economic strategy that is underpinned by a business support infrastructure that embraces our enterprise agencies, by the security of capital investment—we have invested £11 billion over the past four years—and by the creation of opportunities for young people through modern apprenticeships and things such as the youth employment fund.

As I said, change is constant, and the strengths of our economy—our small business sector, our exports and foreign direct investment—will not buttress us wholly against the business circumstances that end in compulsory redundancies, such as those that I mentioned. However, a rapid response task force such as the PACE partnerships, of which there are 18 in Scotland, is the appropriate vehicle to mitigate the challenge of those redundancies.

Without such a vehicle, how would the 63,500 individuals throughout Scotland who have been made redundant over the past five and a half years have responded to their situation? Members should imagine the landscape of Vion and Hall’s of Broxburn. The serious impact of the closure of the opencast coal mines in East Ayrshire and elsewhere has been mentioned. Now, we have redundancies as a consequence—albeit, I believe, a short-term consequence—of the downturn in the oil and gas sectors.

What would people have done without the support of PACE? Those and other redundancy challenges demanded the construction of that Government-led initiative, which proved to be successful. I pay particular credit to the role of the STUC and the unions in PACE, because of my experience with NCR. At that time, when there was no such partnership, the unions did what they felt that they had to do to protect jobs.

PACE is an important ingredient in getting people back into work—not least our young people. However, I suggest that our horizons should not be limited.

In an increasingly confident economy, we need new entrepreneurs and new businesses. PACE emphasises greatly training and bringing people back into work, but I would like it to place a greater emphasis on the creation of new small businesses through facilitated investment and meaningful business mentoring. How many embryonic engineering services or export supply companies could be set up by people who currently face redundancy? Our international network and competitiveness might secure more rapid jobs and employment growth with the creation of such productive small businesses and/or social enterprises in anticipation of the recovery of whatever sector they are in.

Notwithstanding the basis of, and need for, PACE’s creation, it has had success in achieving what it set out to do. More power to its elbow.

I support the motion.

16:17  

Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Chic Brodie (South Scotland) (SNP)

I thank the cabinet secretary for that answer, but it appeared from a meeting that we had in this building just the other evening that the heavy goods transport industry is in a critical situation regarding recruitment. How will the Scottish Government ensure that SDS engages with the road haulage industry as a matter of urgency in order to encourage easier entry of new skilled drivers into the industry?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Chic Brodie (South Scotland) (SNP)

Good morning. I have a fairly nippy question. Does Scottish Enterprise have expertise in and an understanding of your industry?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Chic Brodie

I thought that Alan Clements could answer it first and then anyone else who wants to could come in.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Chic Brodie

I ask the question because, in a previous session, James Withers of Scotland Food and Drink mentioned that Scottish Development International’s people are life sciences experts on a Monday, energy experts on a Tuesday and so on. I just wonder whether we are missing opportunities.

We are doing another inquiry on exports and I know how successful you have been in that regard. Does Scottish Enterprise, which is one of the agencies that should be helping to drive things, embrace the industry and have that level of understanding of it?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Chic Brodie

I have a question about programmes such as “Borgen”, “Wallender” and “Spiral”. Why is it that “Borgen” can be produced in a country that is smaller than Scotland? What is different? Do we not understand where the emphasis needs to be? Are we internationalising the industry properly?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Chic Brodie

Can I ask a question?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Chic Brodie

We have talked about the need for high-level drama. I fully support that and the need to focus on the decision making. I understand that one of the biggest and most successful programmes that is produced in Glasgow is “Mrs Brown’s Boys”. What criteria does the BBC apply in reinvesting some of the huge moneys that have come to it as a result of that programme?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Chic Brodie

It does not come back to Scotland.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-12154.1 Lewis Macdonald: Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) – Supporting Indivi
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NoDefeated

S4M-12120.1 Jenny Marra: 2020 Vision, the Strategic Forward Direction of the NHS—As an amendment to
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Not VotedDefeated

S4M-12101 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general prin
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YesCarried

S4M-12095.4 Ken Macintosh: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.2 Alex Johnstone: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.1 Willie Rennie: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095 Alex Neil: Tackling Inequalities—That the Parliament agrees that a strong, sustainable eco
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YesCarried

Selection of John Pentland MSP for appointment to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.
Not VotedCarried

S4M-12060.2 Hugh Henry: Commending the People who Keep Scotland Safe in Emergencies—As an amendment
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Not VotedDefeated

S4M-12045.3 Shona Robison: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Rich
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Not VotedCarried

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Motion S4M-10721: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10603: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10352: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09044: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09041: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09035.1: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08959: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08543: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-23042: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03698: Chic Brodie, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
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