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Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP)

Good morning, minister. CAS has expressed concerns about the effect of regulation 4 of the draft Bankruptcy (Money Advice and Deduction from Income etc) (Scotland) Regulations 2014 on the accreditation of money advisers. There is a concern about whether advisers will be able to do what is asked of them by way of gathering information that is to be kept for two years, given the chaotic lifestyles of some of the people whom they are charged with advising. I understand that that requirement is mandatory. If that is the case, are we making things difficult for advisers? If they fail to meet the requirement, they could be suspended as money advisers. That would have a significant impact on the individuals concerned and perhaps also on organisations.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Dennis Robertson

I take it that you are satisfied with the procedure that is in place in relation to gathering particular information. There are many routes for collecting the information. However, people’s chaotic lifestyles could create a problem with gathering that information. If the requirement is mandatory, that could put the money adviser in a difficult position. Are you satisfied that there is enough flexibility to enable someone to say that everything that could be done to get the information has been done, so they are satisfied?

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Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Dennis Robertson

I understand from what you have said this morning, minister, that you will take on board some of the remaining concerns about the guidance, as will be reflected through a continuing relationship with the various working groups, and that that will eventually be reflected in the guidance once you have done that. Matters such as the flexibility of the financial tool, to which Mr MacKenzie referred, will be implicit in the guidance, will they?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Dennis Robertson

Thank you.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Dennis Robertson

I am reassured by the minister’s statement on guidance and his assurance that we will continue to listen to and take on board submissions from all parties. I believe that that has been done throughout the process. Certainly, when the committee took evidence, we looked at the issues thoroughly. Therefore, I am content that the issues that Mr Baker raises can be dealt with through the guidance process. I am content with the reassurance that we have from the minister.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Dennis Robertson

Perhaps Mr Withers can respond to this point first. You quoted some very impressive figures on the potential for sustainable economic growth, with a focus on the export market. Recently, however, there has been a slight decline in whisky sales. There are obviously global pressures to take into account, but how can we utilise Scottish Enterprise or other such resources to deal with some of the factors that might impinge on the success of brand Scotland’s export market? After all, that is primarily what we are trying to move towards.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Dennis Robertson

I am impressed with your analogy of eggs and baskets for the food and drink sector.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Dennis Robertson

Mr McTaggart, how could we use our resources to tackle some of our connectivity problems? You have mentioned Aberdeen. It is a growth area; for instance, the airport is expanding and you might also be aware of the growth in the harbour area, which will be extremely important for the export market. However, the rail infrastructure around Aberdeen, which could enable other opportunities, is quite awful. Do you envisage the budget providing resources for work in those areas in order to deal with those challenges and create more opportunities?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Dennis Robertson

You mentioned rolling stock, but is the problem not the infrastructure itself?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Dennis Robertson

Turning again to the challenges facing the food and drink sector, Mr Withers, I know that we have the team Scotland brand and that we are focusing on exports but, as far as the domestic market is concerned, how do we bring people into the sector when there are other opportunities? In the north-east, for example, there are far greater opportunities for work in the energy sector than there are in the food and drink sector, what with the wage structure and so on, and I am sure that Mr Boyd will wish to respond with regard to the opportunities for people in the hospitality sector, where the wages are low. How do we address that issue?

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