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Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
2. Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support the construction industry in North East Scotland. (S4O-03684)



Meeting of the Parliament 13 November 2014 : Thursday, November 13, 2014
Richard Baker

I could suggest a few more. The construction of the Aberdeen western peripheral route offers significant opportunities for the construction industry in the north-east, which has seen closures and job losses over recent years. Can the minister assure me that, in concluding the final contract with the preferred bidder for the AWPR, the right emphasis will be placed on the use of community benefit clauses, which will help to create a level playing field for local businesses that bid for subcontracts? Will those clauses also be given the appropriate weighting in tenders? If they are weighted at a small fraction of the weighting that is given to cost, as has been the case in the past, that will weaken considerably the impact of their inclusion in those contracts.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab)

The written submission from the Existing Homes Alliance Scotland referred to vagueness in the draft budget as to how additional funds will be levered in. Given the funding of £79 million from the Scottish Government, how far we are from reaching the 2016 target and the current plans in the budget, we have not got a cat in hell’s chance of making that target, have we? Why is there not a more significant response on that from the Government?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Richard Baker

Oh. I apologise. I withdraw whatever word you mean, whether “cat” or “hell”.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Richard Baker

It was the Existing Homes Alliance that talked about vagueness in relation to funding and levering in money. However, I think that I have made my point, convener—however fruitily.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Richard Baker

I will try to be succinct. The cabinet secretary is obviously aware of the importance of the oil and gas sector, not only in terms of its contribution to our economy but in terms of exports. I have a couple of questions based on Oil & Gas UK’s submission on the draft budget. It said that its members’ view is that the landscape for support for exports is cluttered and that it can be unclear which department or agency to go to. Is that a fair comment and do you recognise that situation? What do you think needs to be done to ensure that businesses that we hope will grow their export activities know exactly where to go to get the help that they need?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 12 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Richard Baker

I take your view on that on board. You mentioned the support that industries need not only to sustain their activities in the North Sea but to increase exports. Another problem that Oil & Gas UK highlighted is the scarcity of skilled labour. In terms of addressing the skills gap, the further education sector clearly has a key role to play. For example, there is Aberdeen College’s schemes to train workers for the oil and gas industry. Given the importance of providing skilled workers for the industry in order to maintain its activity in the North Sea and to increase exports, is a real-terms cut in the further education budget not risking undermining the work that we hope those businesses will carry out?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 05 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Richard Baker (North East Scotland) (Lab)

I am an MSP for North East Scotland.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 05 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Richard Baker

I am quite sceptical about Mike MacKenzie’s points, not least because we must be realistic. If we cut duty on alcohol and tobacco, we would encounter problems that would require a load of important policy initiatives.

From what John Lee said about the routes by which illicit goods come to our economy, it strikes me that international collaboration on the issues is hugely important. So much of the production and trade takes place abroad, rather than just in Scotland or the United Kingdom. How effective is international collaboration in tackling illicit trade?



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 05 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 05, 2014
Richard Baker

You mentioned source countries, which obviously have particular problems. Is there a greater effectiveness or willingness to deal with the issues in the areas where illicit trade is particularly prevalent?

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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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NoCarried

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-11573: Richard Baker, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11516: Richard Baker, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10431: Richard Baker, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10306: Richard Baker, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 12/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09903: Richard Baker, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 01/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08985: Richard Baker, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08291: Richard Baker, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 13/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08214: Richard Baker, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08066: Richard Baker, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/10/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07711.1: Richard Baker, North East Scotland, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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