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Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con)

Yesterday, the world-renowned energy expert Professor Dieter Helm of the University of Oxford described Alex Salmond’s energy policy as “nonsense”. Will the First Minister advise his successor to rethink that nonsense policy?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Convener (Murdo Fraser)

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the 27th meeting in 2014 of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee. I welcome members, our witnesses and the visitors in the public gallery. I remind everyone to turn off or at least turn to silent all mobile phones and other electronic devices so that they do not interfere with the sound equipment.

We have apologies from Joan McAlpine, who is running late but should be joining us shortly. I know that Mr Brodie needs to leave at about half past 11 or shortly before that to go to another committee.

Under agenda item 1, are members content that we take item 3 in private?

Members indicated agreement.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Convener

Thank you.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Convener

Agenda item 2 is continuation of our scrutiny of the draft budget for 2015-16. I welcome to give evidence John Swinney, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth, who is joined this morning by John Mason, director of business, and Mary McAllan, director of energy and climate change at the Scottish Government.

Welcome to you all. Before we get into questions, I invite you to say something by way of an opening statement, Mr Swinney.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Convener

Thank you for that introduction, cabinet secretary.

We have around 90 minutes for the session. I propose that we try to cover the three main topics—energy and fuel poverty, enterprise and exports, and tourism—in turn. We will try to group the discussion around those broad topics, if we can. I remind members to keep their questions as short and to the point as possible. Similarly, answers that are short and to the point would be helpful in getting through the subjects in the available time.

I will start with the energy and fuel poverty part of your brief, cabinet secretary. We took evidence on those issues from Energy Action Scotland and WWF Scotland two weeks ago. The Scottish Government has a statutory target to eradicate fuel poverty as far as reasonably practicable by November 2016. Is the Scottish Government still committed to that target?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Convener

Have you made any assessment of the likely cost of meeting it?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Convener

Okay. Thank you.

We put similar questions to Energy Action Scotland and WWF Scotland, and asked whether they believed that the budget allocation for the coming year would be sufficient, bearing in mind that it is the last full year before the date by which the target would need to be met. They were quite clear that they did not think that the sums that the Scottish Government had allocated would allow that target to be met. Why do you think they are wrong?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Convener

Yes. That is correct.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Convener

When we asked Mr Kerr from Energy Action Scotland about that, he was clear that that would not be the case. His concern was that the Scottish Government is relying on money coming in from, for example, the energy company obligation scheme. He said that a lot of the ECO money was being spent on boiler replacement in houses that are connected to the gas grid and was not actually tackling fuel poverty in those areas in which it is most extreme. His concern was that to rely on that ECO money as part of the sums required meant that we would not be close to addressing the target.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Convener

Other members want to come in, but I have one more question. The fuel poverty target is a statutory target. What will happen if it is not met by November 2016?

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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-11670: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11574: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11440: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11382: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 31/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10744: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 06/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10712.2: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10720: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10456: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10318: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10214.3: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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