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Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Joan McAlpine (South Scotland) (SNP)

I apologise for missing your opening comments, cabinet secretary. I was pleased to hear you talk about closing the gap between large enterprises and small and medium-sized enterprises in the support that they get from Scottish Enterprise in the account-managed network. I want to talk about the regional disparities in that support.

When Scottish Enterprise was in front of the committee in Perth, I highlighted to it that Dumfries and Galloway in my region has 1.8 per cent of the account-managed exporters, compared with Edinburgh and the Lothians, which have 20 per cent. Now, we would not expect Dumfries and Galloway to be on a par with Edinburgh and the Lothians, but its percentage is the lowest and it is substantially behind other rural areas. Do you share my concern that there are too many regional disparities in the levels of support that areas get?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Joan McAlpine

I welcome that; it is very encouraging. There is a sense that, although the reorganisation of Scottish Enterprise a number of years ago worked in other places, it has not worked in the south of Scotland. It is certainly seen as not working in the south-west.

The development plan also mentions your on-going commitment to national planning framework 3. I had a number of conversations with the planning minister on NPF3. The development plan is based on city regions. The south-west is the only part of Scotland that does not fall into a city region, so it is outwith that policy framework. One could say that the Borders, which is part of the south of Scotland, is part of Edinburgh city region, but the south-west of Scotland is not. Do you see that as a problem?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Joan McAlpine

You are talking about NPF3’s 14 national developments across Scotland.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Joan McAlpine

Well, there are not any in the south of Scotland.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Joan McAlpine

Cairnryan did, but it has been taken out. I asked for the Crichton campus to be included, but it did not meet the criteria, apparently.

I welcome what you say and the personal interest that you are taking, but is there not an inevitable contradiction if your support is based on the critical mass of growth? If you have a growth strategy and you go for critical mass, you back growth companies, which are in growth areas, so those areas attract more finance, whereas an area that is suffering and does not have that growth or connectivity will not attract as much of the support.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Joan McAlpine

Thank you very much.



Meeting of the Parliament 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
8. Joan McAlpine (South Scotland) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what the environmental impacts are of fracking and coal-bed methane extraction. (S4O-03670)



Meeting of the Parliament 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Joan McAlpine

Coal-bed methane extraction, which is proposed in Canonbie in Dumfriesshire, means removing very large volumes of saline water from the coal seam to release the gas. The Scottish Government’s expert panel noted:

“Inappropriate disposal of these fluids in the US has had negative environmental consequences”.

The water could be removed from Canonbie by tanker for treatment, but that would put enormous pressure on rural roads. It could be pumped into the Esk, one of our best salmon-fishing rivers. It could be left in lagoons or pumped back into the bedrock, which the expert panel has said has caused small earthquakes elsewhere. Does the cabinet secretary favour any one of those disposal methods?



Meeting of the Parliament 06 November 2014 : Thursday, November 06, 2014
7. Joan McAlpine (South Scotland) (SNP)

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the Scottish Woodlot Association submission to the Smith commission that full powers over forestry should be devolved to this Parliament. (S4O-03657)



Meeting of the Parliament 06 November 2014 : Thursday, November 06, 2014
Joan McAlpine

Given that biomass has become one of the fastest growing markets for Scottish forestry, with new energy-generating plants planned in Scotland and the rest of the UK that could quite easily consume all Scottish timber production, does the cabinet secretary agree that the full devolution of energy policy is necessary to deal with that demand in a way that suits our forestry industry?

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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-11150: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08987: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09405: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09341: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08990: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08709: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08705: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08592: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08577: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, On Behalf of Burrell Collection (Lending and Borrowing) (Scotland) Bill Committee, Date Lodged: 11/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08295: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03757: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03670: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03657: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03603: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22755: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03572: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03549: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03414: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03314: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/05/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03271: Joan McAlpine, South Scotland, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/05/2014 Show Full Question >>

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