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  • Member for: Perthshire North
  • Region: Mid Scotland and Fife
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney)

Subordinated debt is invested in hub projects through Scottish Futures Trust Investments, which is a subsidiary of the Scottish Futures Trust that was established for that purpose. Investment decisions are made and investments are monitored by the board’s investment committee. Scottish Futures Trust Investments accounts showing investments made are published annually.



Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
John Swinney

I cannot give Mr Wilson a specific answer about the quality and category of investment finance that is acquired, other than to say that the Scottish Futures Trust has been successful in obtaining the necessary private capital to support a number of strategic developments. In the previous answer, Mr Brown talked about the Aberdeen western peripheral route. The SFT is involved in the procurement of the finance that is necessary to support that project.

The Scottish Futures Trust has a strong and robust framework for assessing the attraction of capital investment into such projects. That will be sustained by the scrutiny of Scottish Futures Trust Investments and by the Scottish Futures Trust as a whole.



Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney)

The Scottish Government is committed to consulting others later in this parliamentary session to develop a fairer, more progressive local tax, based on the ability to pay.



Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
John Swinney

I was not aware that Mr McMahon had been present at the Scottish National Party conference. If he was, and if this is a gradual journey that Mr McMahon is making to come over to the SNP in due course, based on the warmth with which he has always questioned me over the years, I will give him a very warm welcome.

As Mr McMahon will know, the council tax freeze has delivered real benefits to individuals and families across our country. The council tax had risen significantly before the election of this Government. We committed to freeze the council tax, and the freeze will have delivered £1,200 in benefits to the average band D householder in Scotland during the lifetime of this Administration—during the previous parliamentary session and this session. That is welcome support to individuals.

For those on lower incomes, the council tax freeze has had a disproportionately greater impact on their household income. That is why the council tax freeze has given such real benefits to people facing financial challenges in Scotland today.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney)

Thank you, convener. I welcome the opportunity to discuss the 2015-16 draft budget with the committee this morning. Our approach is founded in “The Government Economic Strategy”, with the objective of delivering opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish through increasing Scotland’s economic growth performance.

The finance, employment and sustainable growth portfolio will continue to encourage entrepreneurship, innovation and internationalisation and to offer the most competitive business rates regime in the UK through the small business bonus scheme as part of the budget proposals.

Scotland’s businesses are key to the long-term success of the Scottish economy. We will continue to support our enterprise agencies, which will provide targeted support to encourage growth and improvement.

The committee’s scrutiny of the 2015-16 draft budget is focused in one respect on exports. The Scottish Government has set an ambitious goal of increasing exports by 50 per cent by 2017. In support of that target, the Scottish Government, through Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International, will launch two new international trade initiatives early in 2015. The first is the high-growth markets unit, which will aim to accelerate international sales in China, India and the middle east through enhanced support for companies with the potential and desire to sell into those harder-to-enter but high-opportunity markets.

Secondly, the Scot exporter initiative will focus on encouraging and helping non-exporters to start exporting and helping early stage and occasional exporters to grow their overseas sales. The initiative will be open to all companies and a range of products and services will be made available to help them prepare for and achieve export sales.

We also need to develop the skills base and increase the number of companies that are exporting. SDI is working effectively with companies to raise their ambition levels and achieve their full potential in relation to export activities. Since 2011, more than 6,400 Scottish companies have benefited from export events and services through initiatives such as smart exporter.

Another crucial area of focus is connectivity. Air connectivity is important for Scotland’s global competitiveness in order to secure economic recovery and sustainable economic growth, and our economic strategy highlights the opportunities and the importance of international air connectivity to support that effort. The work will be taken forward in partnership between VisitScotland, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Transport Scotland.

Alongside the work on exports, the committee has highlighted the low-carbon economy and energy and fuel poverty as areas of interest. The Government’s comprehensive range of interventions in relation to the low-carbon economy includes investing £2.2 million over 2014-15 and 2015-16 in the offshore wind accelerator programme, providing support for local renewable energy projects and the development of wave and tidal array projects through the renewable energy investment fund, and putting in place a local energy innovation challenge fund worth up to £20 million to test communities’ capacity to stabilise and reduce energy costs by reducing dependence on centralised generation and capacity.

We believe that a more comprehensive and fairer service for those who are vulnerable to fuel poverty can be provided with a properly planned and funded Government service that works with delivery partners. That is our approach through the home energy efficiency programmes for Scotland. Between 2009-10 and 2012-13, the Scottish Government invested £220 million in a range of fuel poverty and energy efficiency programmes.

That is a brief summary of some of the priorities in the Government’s budget. I look forward to answering questions from the committee.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
John Swinney

Yes, we are.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
John Swinney

That is difficult to estimate, because a variety of interventions will be involved, some of which will be supported by the Government’s public expenditure programme and some of which will be supported by energy companies’ commitment to and participation in the whole proposition. However, strong progress has been made, given the sustained investment that the Government has made and the sustained contribution that energy companies have made into the bargain.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
John Swinney

It depends on how we look at the whole issue. If my recollection is correct, Energy Action Scotland and WWF Scotland talked about a sum of money that was in the order of £200 million per annum. I saw the number earlier this morning, but it is escaping me just now. I think that it was in the order of £200 million.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
John Swinney

If we look at the variety of interventions that are taken forward by the Government and a reasonable expectation of what would also be contributed through some of the commitments that are required by the energy companies—it is essential that both elements are taken together—it is reasonable to conclude that the combination of the home energy efficiency programmes for Scotland investment, the warm homes fund and the green homes cashback scheme would deliver investment well in excess of £200 million. A reasonable estimate of that for 2013-14 would probably be around £260 million. The different sources of funds in the round probably contribute the type of sums of money that organisations such as Energy Action Scotland and WWF Scotland suggest are in the order of what is required to deliver on that objective.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
John Swinney

Mr Kerr is an experienced commentator and adviser on those issues and it is important to listen and reflect on the points that he makes. We are confident that we have put in place a clear dialogue that is much better than has ever existed between the Scottish Government and relevant interested parties and the energy companies to make sure that we are operating in a seamless fashion and that we have a combined proposition that is aimed at tackling fuel poverty. That is why I vest my answers in that combination of different areas of expenditure that are emerging. We have made such efforts to ensure that our dialogue with the energy companies is such that we are encouraging them to spend and to support interventions that directly address the necessity to tackle fuel poverty. Obviously, we will be happy to reflect further on the advice that Mr Kerr has offered to see whether there is any way in which we can further strengthen the focus and effectiveness of that expenditure.

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