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Education and Culture Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Gordon MacDonald

I will ask about the content of BSL plans. My questions are similar to those that I asked the two previous panels. What should national and local authority plans include in order to be effective? Should the bill include some detail on the content of plans?



Education and Culture Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Gordon MacDonald

There has been a suggestion, including from Mr Nicol, that the preparation of plans will divert funds from other areas that currently support the BSL community. Is there an estimate of what the additional costs would be for your organisations? Have you calculated the potential additional cost?



Education and Culture Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Gordon MacDonald

I will ask the same questions about what should be contained in the plans as I asked the earlier panel. COSLA has said that there is a lack of clarity around the expected content of the national plan and another written submission said that it was quite vague.

The first panel highlighted six key areas in which it wanted a certain level of service to be specified and measurable outcomes. I am keen to understand what the current panel thinks should be included in the national and authority plans, so that they can be as effective as possible.



Education and Culture Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Gordon MacDonald

Rightly or wrongly, I get the impression that there is wee bit of resistance to any more legislation coming through. I am keen to understand, given the views of the first panel, what actions your organisations are currently taking to promote BSL and how effective that is.



Education and Culture Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Gordon MacDonald

Avril Hepner mentioned five or six key areas that should be included in national and local authority plans. Should more detail on the content of plans be included in the bill?



Education and Culture Committee 24 February 2015 : Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Gordon MacDonald (Edinburgh Pentlands) (SNP)

We just heard how important it is to have plans in place. However, we heard in some written evidence that information on what should be included in a BSL plan is quite vague and we heard from COSLA that there is a lack of clarity. What should be included in national and local authority plans, so that they can be effective?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 18 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Gordon MacDonald

I, too, want to make just a couple of comments, convener. First, we should write on behalf of the committee to Hadi Fawzy to thank him for his support, because I do not think that we would have had the degree of access that we had, especially to the Al-Qahtani family, if he had not made those arrangements.

Secondly, the Saudis made it clear that they were not interested in people who wanted to sell them standard products at a discount. The term that came up very often was “Saudi-isation”; having had oil for 75 years, they are fed up with not making more profit further down the line at the manufacturing end of things and they are looking for innovative companies that are willing to put down roots in Saudi Arabia and employ highly skilled Saudi individuals. The thing that frightened me and which should frighten a lot of exporters is the joint venture with The Dow Chemical Company of America at Jubail, where a new chemical plant is being built that will be one of the most efficient in the world. The plant, which is coming on stream next year and will, I think, cost £30 billion, will take the raw materials, produce the chemicals and then move on the next stage of producing paint, plastic and cosmetics—the works—for export abroad. A lot of companies that currently provide those items to the Saudi market will not only lose that market share but have to compete with one of the most modern and efficient plants in the world, which, as I have said, will come on stream next year. That will eat into the market, and it represents a huge danger for companies.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 18 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Gordon MacDonald

Okay. How effective is the globalscot network? Has it been of benefit to companies? You mentioned that, with trade missions, it is important that companies learn from their peers. Is the globalscot network another effective tool?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 18 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Gordon MacDonald

You have rightly said that there is huge potential and that we have to de-risk the activity and build confidence. Is SDI’s smart exporter programme up to scratch in its support for companies?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 18 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Gordon MacDonald

I am not suggesting that you should. [Laughter.]

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S4M-12423.1 Alex Rowley: Commission on Local Tax Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-12423 in the n
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S4M-12423 Marco Biagi: Commission on Local Tax Reform—That the Parliament supports the establishment
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S4M-12385 Liz Smith: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament agrees that a solid grou
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S4M-12395.1 Fergus Ewing: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in the
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S4M-12395.2 Patrick Harvie: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in t
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S4M-12395 Murdo Fraser: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the l
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S4M-12385.3 Alasdair Allan: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to motion S4M-12385 i
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S4M-12382.3 Mary Fee: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion S4
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S4M-12382.1 Gavin Brown: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion
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S4M-12382.2 Willie Rennie: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to moti
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