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Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Agricultural Shows and Fairs) (9 Sep 2020)

Fergus Ewing: I agree with Angus MacDonald. During Covid, many individuals have revisited their eating habits and cooking arrangements, and there has been a marked move towards local food in many different ways. In this year’s programme for government, I have committed to developing a local food strategy for Scotland, and I am working as part of a ministerial group on the matter to publish a statement of...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Agricultural Shows and Fairs) (9 Sep 2020)

Fergus Ewing: We have provided support to alleviate hardship in numerous sectors, including the sea fish and shellfish sectors and the tourism sector—all the sectors that have been most affected by Covid. Gillian Martin is absolutely right. When the furlough scheme expires in October, it will leave hundreds of thousands of people in Scotland, and millions across the UK—millions—facing potential...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Tourism (9 Sep 2020)

Fergus Ewing: We are clear that, where it is safe to do so, visitors from Scotland and across the United Kingdom are welcome to holiday in Scotland. We simply ask that people who holiday in or visit Scotland do so in a responsible way that respects our people, communities and environment. To help with that, VisitScotland launched a £3 million marketing campaign that encourages Scots to travel in Scotland...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Tourism (9 Sep 2020)

Fergus Ewing: We have to be mindful of the position with regard to Covid, and all exert due vigilance. We are welcoming to people who come to Scotland, but we have to be extremely careful about the precise position that Scotland and the rest of the UK are in at the moment, and each make decisions with regard to our personal responsibilities. I am happy to work with anyone and everyone in order to promote...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Tourism (9 Sep 2020)

Fergus Ewing: I have sympathy with Mr Gibson’s remarks. Of course, I will continue to advocate the path of providing support for people who face almost certain redundancy towards the end of this autumn. I have constructive relations with my UK counterpart, Nigel Huddleston; however, the question of what influence he will have with the UK Government remains. The problems are affecting tourism all over the...

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Tourism (9 Sep 2020)

Fergus Ewing: I have much sympathy with that call. I have had numerous conference calls with the Association of Scottish Visitor Attractions, which is led very ably by Gordon Morrison and Susan Morrison. I am acutely aware of the fact that the 2m rule, which still applies to some visitor attractions, is making it extremely difficult for some businesses to operate viably. Indeed, the reduction may be the...

Scottish Parliament: Wedding Guidance (9 Sep 2020)

Fergus Ewing: The Scottish Government is aware of the difficulties that the wedding sector faces throughout Scotland and we are conscious of the contribution that it makes to the economy and people’s lives. Throughout August, I met representatives from the sector to listen to their concerns and we are working with the sector to finalise guidance. Following the First Minister’s announcement on 20...

Scottish Parliament: Wedding Guidance (9 Sep 2020)

Fergus Ewing: Maureen Watt is quite right and I am acutely aware of the devastating impacts on the sector. I have spoken individually to businesses about the situation and, although the outlook is different for each, they have all been impacted really severely. Our total package of financial support—now more than £2.3 billion—has helped many businesses. We believe that the furlough should be extended...

Scottish Parliament: Wedding Guidance (9 Sep 2020)

Fergus Ewing: I just point Mr Smyth to—[ Laughter .] I will not comment about the elopement—I will just avoid that. In all seriousness, we have seen the numbers of those who are infected with the virus increase all over Britain since 20 August, which none of us expected or wanted. However, all of us have to respond to that, and that consideration must be given preference at this time.

Scottish Parliament: Wedding Guidance (9 Sep 2020)

Fergus Ewing: I have been in regular contact with businesses, not least in Gretna Green, that have had devastating impacts. I have sought to maintain that contact and will do so. I say to the member to try to bear in mind that we are in the middle of a pandemic. We have to take decisions in Government that involve people’s lives as well as their livelihoods, which is an extremely difficult balance. We...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Glasgow Tourism Venues) (9 Sep 2020)

Fergus Ewing: We completely understand the severe impact of the pandemic on tourism in Scotland, particularly in our cities, and we have acted quickly to provide financial support, which now exceeds £2.3 billion in total. We have provided a range of different grants and rates relief tailored to the differing needs of tourism and hospitality businesses throughout Scotland. We recently launched our £14...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Glasgow Tourism Venues) (9 Sep 2020)

Fergus Ewing: Of course we want to ensure that businesses that suffer financial hardship as a result of the Covid pandemic get what assistance they can. That has been the watchword and the approach here. The approach is not to compensate for all lost revenue or income, which is impossible; rather, it is to identify financial hardship and seek to alleviate it. I am very happy to work with Johann Lamont and,...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (26 Aug 2020)

Fergus Ewing: The reason why we opposed the purpose clause is that the purpose of the bill is not to determine those matters; the purpose of the bill is as set out in the supporting documents: to enable the process to allow us to make changes to EU law and to retain them.

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (26 Aug 2020)

Fergus Ewing: I am puzzled about why Mr Mundell is supporting the purpose clause when his colleague Donald Cameron said at stage 1 that it was not appropriate and that the Tories did not support it?

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (26 Aug 2020)

Fergus Ewing: I know that Mr Finnie supports agroforestry, agritourism and agrirenewables. Amendment 21 mentions none of those things. That means that we could not lodge regulations to support renewables, tourism and agroforestry on farms. Does he think that that is sensible?

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (26 Aug 2020)

Fergus Ewing: This matter was fully debated at stage 2, when I set out clearly why such an amendment was neither necessary nor appropriate to include in the bill. The amendment was defeated by 9 votes to 2 at that point, when the Conservatives voted against inclusion of a purpose clause. I have listened carefully to the debate today, but I am afraid that those arguments still hold. The main reason why...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (26 Aug 2020)

Fergus Ewing: The amendment says that regulations can be brought forward “only” for matters that are expressly contained in the amendment, and the amendment does not include a number of matters that are essential. It follows that regulations on those vital matters would be subject to challenge if we sought to bring them forward. It is a matter of simple legal interpretation, I am afraid. Let me revert...

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (26 Aug 2020)

Fergus Ewing: Hang on a second; I want to finish this section of my remarks. If members look for the word “tourism”, they will see that it is not there. There is no reference to forestry, either, and agroforestry is a vital component on many farms—

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (26 Aug 2020)

Fergus Ewing: I will finish this bit. For example, agroforestry is a key way to provide shelter belts to some farmers, as those members who are farmers well know, and it is a source of diverse income and a sustainable asset.

Scottish Parliament: Agriculture (Retained EU Law and Data) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (26 Aug 2020)

Fergus Ewing: I want to finish my remarks on the group of three things that, for some reason—I do not know why—have been omitted from amendment 21. The third thing is renewables. We want farmers to go green and to espouse wind energy, anaerobic digestion and, in some instances, hydro power. We want farmers to go green, but there is no reference—


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