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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 29 January 2015 : Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy (John Swinney)

The objectives of wave energy Scotland can be found in the wave energy Scotland factsheet, a copy of which has been placed in the Scottish Parliament information centre.

The operational costs of wave energy Scotland will be clarified as the model is developed, and significant funds will be made available from within the Scottish energy budget. Highlands and Islands Enterprise is currently preparing a business plan for wave energy Scotland, which will set out the strategy and governance arrangements and the range of skills and staff numbers needed for optimal effectiveness. We will announce the budget as soon as HIE has assessed the activities that require to be resourced. We expect the process to be concluded soon.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : Thursday, January 29, 2015
John Swinney

First, I endorse the point that Mr McArthur makes about the significant achievements that have been made in the sector. It is a challenging sector and none of us could suggest otherwise, but there have been significant achievements made, which is why we have brought forward the wave energy Scotland proposal, as a means to ensure that those achievements are developed further. We are determined to ensure that what has been achieved can be protected and enhanced in the Scottish interest.

I will ask the energy minister to engage directly on his specific point about the Carbon Trust. If there is anything that we can do to assist the situation, we will ensure that it is done. I reiterate the point that I made in my first answer, which is that the Government is committed to ensuring that we make advances on those questions, and I will ensure that Parliament is kept up to date on the progress of wave energy Scotland.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : Thursday, January 29, 2015
John Swinney

I cannot give Mr Chisholm a definitive answer on that point because we are currently taking forward the preparations for wave energy Scotland. Those issues will be clarified once the business planning process is concluded by Highlands and Islands Enterprise. As I indicated in my response to Mr McArthur, we will of course keep Parliament up to date on those questions.

I assure Mr Chisholm, whom I know has pursued the issue vigorously on behalf of his constituents, that the wellbeing of and opportunities for those individuals are uppermost in the Government’s thinking at this time.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy (John Swinney)

The Government is committed to growing the North Ayrshire economy and creating employment opportunities by working closely with a range of delivery partners, including our enterprise agencies and North Ayrshire Council.

We have invested in health, education and connectivity infrastructure across North Ayrshire. We are supporting specific initiatives such as the enterprise area in Irvine, which has created more than 250 jobs. Our regeneration capital grant fund is supporting projects in Millport, Saltcoats and Ardrossan with the aim of creating 178 jobs and 14 training places. That kind of support is contributing to the recent significant improvement in North Ayrshire’s youth and overall employment rate.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : Thursday, January 29, 2015
John Swinney

I agree very much with Mr Gibson. As a matter of fact, I had one of my regular meetings with GSK just yesterday to discuss the sustained investment that the company has made in Irvine, which has created high-value employment in the North Ayrshire economy.

I am keen to find ways in which we can follow that very positive experience with GSK by encouraging other major employers to recruit and locate in North Ayrshire. It is welcome news that the public local inquiry into the Dalry bypass has concluded, and the reporter will now consider all the evidence. I look forward to hearing the outcome of the inquiry, and ministers will take decisions in the context of that outcome.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : Thursday, January 29, 2015
John Swinney

If I may say so, I thought that Mr Rowley’s question was a triumph of parliamentary procedure—although it is not for me to judge on such matters.

In all seriousness, I say to Mr Rowley that the announcement about Kirkcaldy is the most significant, and the most serious, of Tesco’s announcements for Scotland. I had a discussion by telephone this morning with the leader of Fife Council, Councillor David Ross, on the implications of that decision. I have pledged to work jointly with Councillor Ross to advance the concerns that have been expressed about the local economy, and I have had representations from David Torrance to encourage me to do so. The Government will do all that it can to work in partnership with Fife Council to address what I recognise is a serious blow to the Kirkcaldy economy.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy (John Swinney)

Members will be aware of the outstanding legacy of surface mine restoration following the liquidation of the coal sector’s two largest companies—ATH Resources and Scottish Resources Group—in 2013 and, in turn, the major problem facing the councils concerned in dealing with the restoration legacy. With the correct controls in place, the innovative proposal to which Mr Ingram refers could provide a funding solution for the restoration of legacy opencast coal sites in Scotland and in other parts of the United Kingdom.

Mr Ewing had a discussion yesterday with the UK energy minister, Matthew Hancock, to discuss the proposal and pressed for prompt consideration of the issue by the UK Treasury. The proposal is worthy of serious and detailed consideration, and Mr Ewing obtained agreement from Mr Hancock to work closely to explore it.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : Thursday, January 29, 2015
John Swinney

I acknowledge the significant and serious issues that Mr Ingram raises and has raised persistently on behalf of his constituents who have been adversely affected by the opencast issue. The key comment that I made in my original answer included the words

“With the correct controls in place”.

I reassure Mr Ingram and his constituents that, by ensuring that the proper and effective controls are put in place to avoid a situation whereby we just have a repeat of the unacceptable legacy that we have had, we will be able to use the proposal from Hargreaves to rectify what is clearly a serious issue for Mr Ingram’s constituents.

We will continue to engage in discussion with the UK Government on the proposal, because it requires its support and endorsement. However, we will do that in a fashion that will ensure that we do not have a repeat of past performance.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy (John Swinney)

There is the guilty man.



Meeting of the Parliament 29 January 2015 : Thursday, January 29, 2015
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy (John Swinney)

On 2 October last year, the former First Minister announced the Government’s intention to introduce legislation to ensure that councils could take no further action to recover ancient community charge, or poll tax, debts. Today, we are considering that legislation.

With the co-operation of the parliamentary authorities, we have been able to bring forward the Community Charge Debt (Scotland) Bill on an expedited timetable so that it can be in force for the start of the next financial year. As a result, we have not had the time to put our proposals out to full public consultation, but we have consulted the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities and local authorities, which are the only bodies that could be adversely affected by our proposals.

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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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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-12186: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12176: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-12113: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12007: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-11716: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11311: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S2O-12498: John Swinney, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/03/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-31491: John Swinney, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/01/2007 Show Full Question >>
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