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Scottish Parliament: Renewable Energy Sector (Economic Impact) (24 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I thank Mr McLennan for the work that he is doing in the cross-party group on the development of renewable energy. Does he agree that, if we are to achieve the maximum potential for renewable energy in Scotland, there must be a focus on speeding up the processes for obtaining permissions, licences and consents, not only for development both on and offshore, but for good connections? Without...

Scottish Parliament: Renewable Energy Sector (Economic Impact) (24 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: Will Graham Simpson give way on that point?

Scottish Parliament: Renewable Energy Sector (Economic Impact) (24 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I am most grateful to Graham Simpson, and I agree with his remarks on solar power. There was cross-party support for a motion that I lodged recently on the ambition that he described. Does he agree that some low-hanging fruit can be achieved quite early? For example, the widespread application of solar panels to public buildings would reduce the cost of electricity to the public sector,...

Scottish Parliament: A9 Dualling (Procurement) (24 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I thank the minister for her considerable attention to this matter. There are, indeed, four sections of the road that are now ready to go to procurement: the Tay crossing, Pitlochry, Dalnaspidal and Dalwhinnie. Together, those four sections amount to 35km in length. It would be a massive proof positive of the Scottish Government’s clear commitment to delivering our dualling pledge if those...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (22 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I am most grateful to the cabinet secretary for giving way, and I commend her for the work that she is doing in leading these negotiations, as I did for several years. Does she agree that one of the aspects that is causing major damage to fisheries in Scotland is the tough, hard, uncompromising attitude that the UK is taking towards immigration? Crew often come from other parts of the...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (22 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: Does Beatrice Wishart agree that, when any new cable is proposed to be laid underground in connection with energy or the other requirements that she mentioned, it is essential that fishermen and their representatives are fully engaged and represented from the very start? Does she agree that their complete engagement should continue unabated throughout the negotiations, with all relevant...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (22 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I whole-heartedly agree with Dr Allan’s detailed description of the Home Office’s failings in that regard. Is he aware of the speech that was made recently by the leader of the Labour Party in England, Kier Starmer, who appeared to cast doubt on whether immigration was a good thing and make it clear that his party is opposed to it? That is particularly damaging and unhelpful to the...

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (22 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (22 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: rose —

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (22 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (22 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: Would Finlay Carson give way on that point?

Scottish Parliament: Fisheries Negotiations (22 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: Will Finlay Carson give way?

Scottish Parliament: Offshore Wind (15 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I hope that we are all here not to play politics with the past but to propel progress in the future. To that end, I would just reflect that, when I was energy minister, one of my most frustrating experiences was finding out that it could take 12 years to get consents for an onshore wind farm that it took 12 months to construct. I therefore suggest to the minister that the Scottish Government...

Scottish Parliament: Gaelic and Scots (15 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: Will Mr Kerr give way?

Scottish Parliament: Gaelic and Scots (15 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: In the spirit of continuing the worthy cause of educating Mr Kerr, may I share with him a piece of information that I gleaned one evening when reading the fascinating and excellent “Jamieson’s Dictionary of Scots”? I came across a word that I thought may be of interest to Mr Kerr: the old Scots word “bluffleheid”. [Laughter.] Presiding Officer, I can see that you recognise it....

Scottish Parliament: Gaelic and Scots (15 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: —without ascribing it to any member in the chamber, because that would be unparliamentary—

Scottish Parliament: Gaelic and Scots (15 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: —to add to the political lexicon.

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (Contribution to Net Zero) (9 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I share the minister’s sentiments and wish her well, and I hope that she is enjoying the portfolio as much as I did. I would like to direct the minister’s attention to new research that was commissioned by Scottish Forestry, the outcome of which provided firm evidence that it is our established spruce forestry that will capture most carbon in the near future—it will capture 14 times...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (Contribution to Net Zero) (9 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: Does Mr Whittle agree that the industry throughout Scotland, whether in the sawmill sector or in the panel products sector, very much relies on and requires there to be a continuous, reliable, steady and long-term provision of commercial species, mostly coniferous species, so that it can continue to use wood as a construction material and thereby contribute to not only the economy but the...

Scottish Parliament: Forestry (Contribution to Net Zero) (9 Nov 2022)

Fergus Ewing: I share many of Mr Smyth’s sentiments. However, I allude to the research that I referred to earlier, which was commissioned by Scottish Forestry and prepared with the assistance of Forest Research. The research states that the impact of reducing commercial spruce forestry would result in more imports and threaten climate targets.


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