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Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Kezia Dugdale

There are tens of thousands of jobs on the line. The First Minister needs to be able to tell the Scottish public why she got it so wrong in the past, so that she can get it right in the future, does she not?



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Kezia Dugdale

This is the First Minister who is so in touch with the oil industry that she was in Shetland four months ago promising a second oil boom. Four days ago, her energy minister was in Aberdeen rightly pleading with oil companies not to pay off their workers this Christmas. Two weeks ago, I was in Aberdeen talking to the ASET International Oil & Gas Training Academy, which is desperate for support from the Government in order to invest in skills and ensure that if the oil price rises again we will still have the people to make the most of that.

Is it not the truth that the Scottish Government just did not see this crisis coming, because it believed its own wishful thinking about oil prices? Surely we cannot have a First Minister who is so unprepared and unsighted on such a key industry. Will she initiate an inquiry into why her Government was so wrong in the past, so that we can get this right in the future? [Interruption.]



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Kezia Dugdale

I have.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Kezia Dugdale

Let us look to the future. Has the Scottish Government done an assessment of the long-term impact of the falling oil price and, if so, will it be published?



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Kezia Dugdale

This week, oil dropped to below $60 a barrel. In today’s papers, John Swinney says that it will be back up to $110 a barrel by next year, while Professor Ronald MacDonald says that a fall to $40 is “not ... unreasonable”. Just imagine for a second that the world-leading economist Ronald MacDonald knows more about the issue than John Swinney does. That fall would be catastrophic for the North Sea oil industry.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Kezia Dugdale

The First Minister mentioned Oil & Gas UK, which told her that production and prices were falling, yet she persisted with her predictions on oil prices. [Interruption.]



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Kezia Dugdale

The First Minister will have Labour’s support when she goes to the UK Government with her calls, but she must be reminded that she has at least six responsibilities to the oil and gas industry in Scotland. She mentioned skills and innovation, but she also has responsibility for onshore business taxes, support in finding new markets, supporting infrastructure and diversifying the industry. Therefore, the same old answers about looking to Westminster for solutions just do not stack up.

The industry is one of Scotland’s key industries. Yesterday, Jake Molloy of the RMT said:

“We’re on the brink of meltdown.”

Robin Allan of Premier Oil said that the North Sea oil industry is “close to collapse”. Of course the UK Government should respond quickly, but the Scottish Government has to work with unions and the industry to find ways to maintain employment levels right now. What assurances can the First Minister give oil workers and their families about their jobs? Some 300,000 jobs across Scotland and the UK are reliant on the industry. What security do they have this Christmas from the Government?



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Kezia Dugdale

I associate myself with the First Minister’s remarks and think that all members would agree with them. Our condolences go to the people of Pakistan and all those here in Scotland who have family there and are feeling the pain at this time.

There is a crisis in the oil industry. The unions and the companies say so. The Wood Group, Shell, BP and Petrofac are all cutting wages. A thousand jobs have gone and thousands more are on the line. What is the Scottish Government going to do?



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Kezia Dugdale (Lothian) (Lab)

I take this opportunity to wish the Presiding Officer and all members a merry Christmas and a very happy and prosperous new year.

To ask the First Minister what engagements she has planned for the rest of the day. (S4F-02483)



Meeting of the Parliament 03 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Kezia Dugdale

The access to education fund is for new projects; it is not supposed to supplement core funding. Given the cabinet secretary’s answer to Bruce Crawford, will the minister tell me why, if the council tax freeze is fully funded, some schools are asking parents to pay for paper, books and art resources? Does the minister accept that those things are happening and that some parents cannot make up the difference?

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S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825.2 Jamie McGrigor: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the
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S4M-11825.1 Tavish Scott: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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Motion S4M-11648: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11268: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10384: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10241: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10131: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 27/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09915.1: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Motion S4M-09798: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09669: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 07/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09487: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4F-02483: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03777: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02428: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23031: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23030: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03616: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 21/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22828: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22829: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22582: Kezia Dugdale, Lothian, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
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