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Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Support for Food and Drink Businesses) (21 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: Since the start of the pandemic, our support for business and the economy has totalled almost £3 billion, which demonstrates our commitment to supporting the economy and providing as much financial support as possible to affected business, including food and drink businesses. We have also supported bespoke food and drink sectors. We have given £5.4 million to 40 businesses in the food and...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Support for Food and Drink Businesses) (21 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: It is emerging that the compensation scheme will benefit only a few and that there will be quite high hurdles. Many businesses in the seafood sector that have been hit very hard during the past three weeks will therefore be absolutely spitting with rage when they find out that the promise from the Prime Minister will exclude them. He promised them El Dorado, but they are looking at insolvency...

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Support for Food and Drink Businesses) (21 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: We are working on that at the moment, and I will get back to Mr Smyth with a more detailed answer. I respectfully point out that we are in the middle of not just one but two crises—a Covid crisis and a Brexit crisis. Frankly, my day-to-day focus is on trying to help businesses that face going under, people who face losing their livelihoods and businesses that are being crippled by Brexit....

Scottish Parliament: Covid-19 (Support for Food and Drink Businesses) (21 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: Mr McArthur raises an important point on an issue that has, again, been exacerbated by the Brexit difficulties. It will have a significant impact on things such as labelling, requiring additional costs for additional, altered and different labels for different markets. In the light of that, we will have to reconsider whether there is more that we can do. The assistance on those matters came,...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Salmon Industry) (21 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: Just as we warned, Brexit is having a devastating and immediate impact on the farmed fish sector, particularly salmon farming. The Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation has estimated that the industry’s losses since 1 January are several million pounds. That is due to salmon being stuck in transit, the inability to fulfil orders on time and the lack of groupage facilities, which is...

Scottish Parliament: Brexit (Impact on Salmon Industry) (21 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: That is correct. The trade agreement negotiated by the UK is such that if, at the expiry of the five-year period, the European Union does not obtain a rollover or a satisfactory deal, it will be quite entitled to impose tariffs to the level of its estimated loss in fishing effort as a result. That would see tariffs imposed on aquaculture that would have nothing to do with the common fisheries...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism Industry (Meetings) (21 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: The Scottish Government meets weekly with the sector to discuss a range of issues including the impacts of Covid restrictions, the need for continued business support and the route to recovery. At the most recent meeting, on 13 January, I met the Scottish Tourism Alliance to discuss details of the new £185 million business support package and to hear about the progress of the new tourism and...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism Industry (Meetings) (21 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: In the case of the coach sector and most other sectors, I would expect payments to be made following the application process that is being launched either this month or in February. I would expect payments to be made swiftly thereafter. Mr Scott raises an extremely important point. We must get this money out as quickly as possible. However, we must use public money carefully and avoid making...

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Communities (Compensation) (19 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: No substantive discussion on a compensation scheme for Scottish fishing communities has taken place, and it is simply unacceptable for the UK Government to launch such a scheme without consulting the Scottish Government. The deal that was reached with the EU demonstrated the UK Government’s profound lack of knowledge of, or concern for, Scottish seafood interests. The industry will rightly...

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Communities (Compensation) (19 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: On several occasions, in representing the Scottish Government at the EU exit operations committee, I have made it clear that the UK Government—having sought Brexit, delivered it in a cack-handed way and ignored the advice of the Scottish Government and of industry to seek a grace period—is now responsible, and solely so, for the losses that have arisen as a result of its failings. I have...

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Communities (Compensation) (19 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: The reduced prices and reduced availability of fish at market are, sadly, direct results of the Brexit boorach. I stress that my imperative—my number 1 priority—is to make sure that we in Scotland, working with local authorities, with Food Standards Scotland and with DFDS and other hubs, resolve the difficulties as far as is within our power. I have had detailed discussions, of course,...

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Communities (Compensation) (19 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: I am sorry that the Scottish Conservative representative is making that serious allegation, on which Mr Halcro Johnston has not provided me with a shred of evidence to back it up. It is quite astonishing that a member of this Parliament should make such allegations without checking the facts. The facts are that the Scottish Government was working flat-out in the run-up to Brexit and for years...

Scottish Parliament: Fishing Communities (Compensation) (19 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: I assure Beatrice Wishart that over the past five years—and especially during the past two years—Scottish Government officials and I have worked tirelessly to impress on UK colleagues just how important it was to be prepared for the disruption that Brexit would cause, with an estimated 150,000 export health certificates being required. We worked tirelessly and ceaselessly to prepare; now...

Scottish Parliament: Managing Scotland’s Fisheries (14 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: Presiding Officer, 2020 will be remembered for all the wrong reasons and 24 December 2020 will be remembered as the day that the United Kingdom Government sold out Scottish fishing interests in the most egregious way. The outcome of the negotiations expose to all and sundry that the promises that were made to fishermen in Scotland, and indeed throughout the UK, have been broken. On 29...

Scottish Parliament: Managing Scotland’s Fisheries (14 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: First, it would be churlish of me not to welcome Mr Halcro Johnston to his new responsibilities. We have already been working with all parties, including Food Standards Scotland, around the clock to do our best to ameliorate the problems that have arisen. Scotland Food & Drink and others representing all the major sectors of the industry sought a grace period of six months in which any...

Scottish Parliament: Managing Scotland’s Fisheries (14 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: On Mr Smyth’s final question, I believe that the Prime Minister has promised to provide compensation. That compensation must be paid very quickly. This morning, I spoke to a business that said that, if the problems that there have been in the past two weeks are repeated, it might not be in business next week. That story could be repeated many times. Fishing vessels are now landing their...

Scottish Parliament: Managing Scotland’s Fisheries (14 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: They are not my responsibility. The important thing is that we work to sort out the problems as best we can. I have been doing my best to do that. Later this afternoon, I will attend another meeting with Mr Gove to that end. Mr Stevenson referred to the deal that has been done, which has resulted in the loss of the hake preference and in extra quota of paper fish only—in other words, extra...

Scottish Parliament: Managing Scotland’s Fisheries (14 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: The allegation about R100 is nonsense; the R100 commitments will be fulfilled by the Scottish Government, as Paul Wheelhouse made clear in the statement that he gave last August. I will answer the relevant questions that were posed—or those that were at least on topic. I have spoken to Food Standards Scotland several times during the past few weeks, and its staff are working around the...

Scottish Parliament: Managing Scotland’s Fisheries (14 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: Yes, I do. It gives me absolutely no pleasure to say so, but we warned the UK Government about the risk of the new bureaucratic system, including the estimated 150,000 new certificates that would be required in combination with other necessary documentation—which is all entirely new and is all only necessary because of Brexit. I could not put the issue better than James Withers of Scotland...

Scottish Parliament: Managing Scotland’s Fisheries (14 Jan 2021)

Fergus Ewing: That is primarily the responsibility of my friend and colleague Roseanna Cunningham. For my part, we are beginning to implement remote electronic monitoring equipment. It is designed to improve sustainable fisheries and will be a tremendous advantage to fisheries, particularly those on the west coast, once it is implemented.


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