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I thank the minister for advance sight of his statement. This is a humiliating climbdown for the Scottish National Party. Just a few months ago, Ivan McKee was claiming that free ports were a “shiny squirrel”, and the SNP conference backed a motion slamming them, so this screeching SNP U-turn is very welcome. It seems that the SNP has finally realised that businesses are desperate to reap...
Can the minister say whether the proposals for free ports will contain specific targets to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions?
I believe that Donald Cameron is supposed to open for the Conservatives, but I am happy to do so and to move the amendment in his name.
Conservative MSP for West Scotland
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 7 May 2016 — Election
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