Fiona Hyslop MSP

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Fiona Hyslop MSP

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  • Member for: Linlithgow
  • Region: Lothian
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs (Fiona Hyslop)

I am due to meet Professor Philip Schlesinger, the Office of Communications content board member for Scotland, on Wednesday 28 January, and a meeting is currently being arranged with the chair of Ofcom at her request.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Fiona Hyslop

Ofcom does not regulate debates. I believe that Dave Thompson’s point is about consultation of the major parties. The SNP is now the third-largest party in terms of membership in the United Kingdom, and I think that the decision not to consult is both illogical and undemocratic.

I make it clear that, when I meet Ofcom, I will be doing so as the relevant cabinet secretary dealing with the SNP Government’s policy. The issues that Dave Thompson raises are quite rightly dealt with by the relevant party spokesperson.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs (Fiona Hyslop)

This year, Scotland will play host to a fantastic programme of major events, which include the world gymnastics championships, International Paralympic Committee swimming and eventing, and European judo and orienteering championships, as well as the Davis cup, the open golf championship, the Turner prize and the MOBO—music of black origin—awards.

Having further enhanced our reputation as a world-leading events destination through the highly successful delivery of last year’s major events, the Scottish Government will continue to ensure that Scotland has a rich and sustainable programme of events that are promoted effectively at home and internationally.

With the aim of maximising economic impact, major events are promoted through VisitScotland’s international and domestic campaigns using a wide range of marketing channels, including social media, public relations, television advertising and direct mailing. Last year, the VisitScotland consumer website alone had approximately 14 million unique visitors.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Fiona Hyslop

A range of activities, and not just that one event, are taking place in Murdo Fraser’s region—Mid Scotland and Fife—next year. He will recognise that I am not the minister who is responsible for tourism, but I am happy to ask the relevant minister—Fergus Ewing—to give Murdo Fraser an idea of how the Government is helping to support VisitScotland to ensure that people stay longer and spend more money in order to boost the economy and the benefits from the open golf championship



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs (Fiona Hyslop)

The Scottish Government and Creative Scotland have regular meetings at all levels covering a broad range of issues. Those include monthly formal update meetings through the sponsor team, and regular meetings about specific projects. I last met Janet Archer, the chief executive of Creative Scotland, last Thursday at the brilliant opening concert of Celtic Connections celebrating Martyn Bennett’s work. Last week, I announced the appointment of Richard Findlay as the new chair of Creative Scotland and I am sure that members will want to wish him well in his role.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Fiona Hyslop

The Government has provided significant support for the film and television industry. I point to the total figures for screen support from 2007 to 2013-14. We inherited a budget of £16.2 million for screen support in 2007, and that went to £21.6 million in 2013-14.

I absolutely share the focus and determination in relation to permanent film studio provision in Scotland. It is important not only to attract inward investment but to help the indigenous industry. Neil Bibby will be aware that several privately funded studio proposals are currently being consulted on and, while that is happening, it is difficult for the Scottish Government to provide public funding without breaking European Union state aid rules. He will undoubtedly be familiar with the situation in Spain, where there was significant clawback of public funding for a studio because it was seen not to comply with EU state aid rules.

Having said that, I am absolutely determined that we make progress and I look forward to discussing issues to do with the creative industries generally and, I suspect, film in particular with the relevant committee when I give evidence in the next few weeks.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Fiona Hyslop

I am sure that the member will examine the budget proposals: it was not a £2 million grant; it was a £2 million loan fund. It is for the private sector to decide whether to access the loan fund. Were there to be market failure, that funding could be used differently with the public sector. However, we have made that provision and it is available for film support.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Fiona Hyslop

I have yet to read the full Official Report of what was said this morning, but I have met and regularly meet a number of the people who gave evidence and I am familiar with some of the issues. There are some issues with how we balance the economic enterprise focus that Scottish Enterprise has and the lead role that Creative Scotland has in relation to the arts and screen. That is not a new issue—it is a long-standing one—but it must be resolved. I share Claire Baker’s point and the points that were made this morning that it should be resolved. I will take responsibility for achieving that.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs (Fiona Hyslop)

The culture, Europe and external affairs portfolio budget has been prioritised to maintain delivery of front-line services, including free access to our national museums and galleries, to deliver key capital projects in the cultural and heritage sectors and to maximise our international profile.

The full explanation of 2015-16 budget priorities for the portfolio are set out in chapter 11 of the Scottish Government draft budget for 2015-16, which was published on 9 October 2014.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Fiona Hyslop

I am happy to provide further detail in writing after this question time. Some of the decrease is due to internal transfers between different areas in Government, such as the money that was earmarked for the years of homecoming and so on, which are precisely the areas that I have discussed with the Education and Culture Committee when I have given evidence to it this year and in previous years.

We have maintained our international development fund and have maintained the grants that Historic Scotland gives to provide for renovation, heritage and so on. We have protected our national companies and our national collections, and we have protected Creative Scotland. Actually, we have achieved a tremendous amount.

The member should reflect on the significant cuts that have been experienced by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Arts Council England, which the Labour Party has said that it would maintain. If he talks to people in the culture sector in Scotland, he will see that they would far rather have a Scottish National Party Government protecting their cultural services here in Scotland, because the prospect of what is happening down south is distressing for the artistic and cultural community.

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S4M-12182.1 Alex Fergusson: The Chilcot Inquiry—As an amendment to motion S4M-12182 in the name of N
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S4M-12182 Nicola Sturgeon: The Chilcot Inquiry—That the Parliament calls for Sir John Chilcot’s offi
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YesCarried

S4M-12176 John Swinney: Community Charge Debt (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the gene
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YesCarried

S4M-12160.2 Michael Matheson: Women Offenders—As an amendment to motion S4M-12160 in the name of Kez
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YesCarried

S4M-12160.3 Margaret Mitchell: Women Offenders—As an amendment to motion S4M-12160 in the name of Ke
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NoDefeated

S4M-12160 Kezia Dugdale: Women Offenders—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the Scottish G
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YesCarried

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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NoDefeated

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

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Motion S4M-11976: Fiona Hyslop, Linlithgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11378: Fiona Hyslop, Linlithgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10784: Fiona Hyslop, Linlithgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10644: Fiona Hyslop, Linlithgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10371: Fiona Hyslop, Linlithgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10033: Fiona Hyslop, Linlithgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09748: Fiona Hyslop, Linlithgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08461: Fiona Hyslop, Linlithgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08254: Fiona Hyslop, Linlithgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07622: Fiona Hyslop, Linlithgow, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S2W-32214: Fiona Hyslop, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/03/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-31614: Fiona Hyslop, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/02/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-31458: Fiona Hyslop, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/01/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-31322: Fiona Hyslop, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/01/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-31323: Fiona Hyslop, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/01/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2O-11714: Fiona Hyslop, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/01/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-30689: Fiona Hyslop, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/12/2006 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-30688: Fiona Hyslop, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/12/2006 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-30171: Fiona Hyslop, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/11/2006 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-30170: Fiona Hyslop, Lothians, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/11/2006 Show Full Question >>

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