Results 121–140 of 8707 for speaker:Fergus Ewing

Scottish Parliament: Greensill Capital UK (Administration) (24 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: As one reads newspapers that are full of speculation, one does not tend to see in those columns of comment any consideration of the workforce. What struck me from meeting trade union representatives on Monday was the workforce’s sense of commitment and enthusiasm to continue doing the great work that they do in Dalzell and Fort William. The single most important thing that we can do is bear...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism Sector (Summer Holidays) (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: The main criteria, which all operators must satisfy, are that they are following the guidance and not acting outwith the regulations at any time. The precise legal requirements for the summer season are not yet known. We continue to pursue a cautious and gradual path out of lockdown, but we are hopeful that the Scottish domestic tourism sector will be open in time for the summer season, due...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism Sector (Summer Holidays) (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: We are all keen to see tourism restarting, but it is correct that we take a cautious approach. The triggers for restarting will, of course, be based on an assessment of the relevant public health evidence from epidemiologists, and will proceed on that basis. However, we are hopeful that we will see significant progress, given the success in tackling the virus combined with the fact that we...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism Sector (Summer Holidays) (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: We have been providing additional financial support for the sector. We also wish to provide as much clarity as possible on a road map for its eventual reopening. It is important to say that the section of the Scottish tourism sector that relies on international travel has been hit hardest of all. I take this opportunity to stress just how important international inbound travel is. Only this...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism Sector (Support) (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: Through the Scottish tourism emergency response group, the Scottish Government is working with enterprise agencies, the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities, VisitScotland and the Scottish Tourism Alliance to develop a five-year recovery plan for the tourism sector in Scotland. Short-term measures have already been introduced, in the form of £129 million in business support. We expect to...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism Sector (Support) (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: The member is asking about the north-east. I have engaged with tourism interests in the north-east from the outset, and quite rightly so. That included a call with VisitAberdeenshire’s chief executive, Chris Foy, just this week, and I have had numerous engagements with that agency, which has informed me about the situation in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire. I understand that the BBC has...

Scottish Parliament: Inverclyde Hospitality and Tourism (Support) (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: The Government has provided a range of support to businesses in Inverclyde as part of our overall package to mitigate the economic impact of the virus. That includes providing non-domestic rates relief to retail, hospitality and leisure premises worth £8 million in Inverclyde in the current financial year. We have also provided direct grant support to businesses in Inverclyde that have been...

Scottish Parliament: Inverclyde Hospitality and Tourism (Support) (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: Mr McMillan has doggedly and continuously advocated tourism on his patch and, more widely, marine tourism, as other members have argued robustly for interests in their areas. Were I to promise a fund for every single MSP, I would be going further even than Father Christmas. Much as I may resemble that character, that would be an imprudent thing for a Government minister to do. Nonetheless, I...

Scottish Parliament: Inverclyde Hospitality and Tourism (Support) (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: The member knows that the Scottish Government has consistently and rightly advocated the payment of the living wage and fair remuneration and treatment of all employees. That has been a theme and practice of the Scottish Government in this session of Parliament and before, and rightly so. Secondly, obviously we welcome the fact that the furlough is available to assist businesses in meeting...

Scottish Parliament: Beef Farming (Brazil Memorandum of Understanding) (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: I have previously written to the UK Government on that matter, expressing strong concerns about any increase in imported beef through the Mercosur free trade agreement. I am aware that the UK Government struck an agreement with Brazil last October to establish a joint agriculture committee to look at sanitary standards. Unfortunately, the UK Government has not engaged with us, despite...

Scottish Parliament: Beef Farming (Brazil Memorandum of Understanding) (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: Yes. I have said time and again that we would not tolerate any trade deal that allowed imports of hormone-treated beef. The Trade and Agriculture Commission, who I met on Monday, recommend that any trading partners wishing to import into the United Kingdom shall demonstrate equivalent production standards. That assurance from Tim Smith, the chief executive, was welcome. That should be...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Commission (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: The additional funding that I announced in July 2020 has allowed the Crofting Commission to establish four posts in the Western Isles and increase its development activities. That will allow the commission to continue its work in establishing new grazing committees, ensuring that our common grazings are managed effectively and encouraging diversified activities, such as agri-tourism, peatland...

Scottish Parliament: Crofting Commission (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: I am aware that there have been such issues, but the additional funding that we have provided this year has enabled the commission to take steps to make improvements to its information technology infrastructure, which will enable efficiency savings, and to the commission’s website, which will improve the customer experience. The new officers, for which Dr Allan has campaigned for some time,...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (Scottish Borders and Midlothian Councils) (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: I am somewhat reluctant to interrupt that exchange. VisitScotland engages regularly with local authorities and has recently met with Midlothian Council to discuss the Covid response and recovery. It also engages with Scottish Borders Council weekly. We engage through our enterprise agencies, along with VisitScotland, to continue to monitor the impact of the pandemic on the sector. The data...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (Scottish Borders and Midlothian Councils) (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: Yes, of course we are considering all those matters very carefully. We are aware of the value of participating in outdoor activity, including exercise, and that consideration is obviously relevant to the decisions that have to be taken by the Cabinet overall. Christine Grahame has made a very good point, as well as delivering a brief gazetteer and almanac of the attractions in her constituency.

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (Scottish Borders and Midlothian Councils) (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: We try to treat all businesses with parity of esteem and to be consistent in providing lifeline support. That has been, I think, the correct principle to apply throughout. Colin Smyth has made a very fair point that businesses in the Borders area, and in Dumfries and Galloway, have a particular reliance on the market of visitors who come from England. That is absolutely understood. In fact, I...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (Clackmannanshire and Dunblane) (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: We remain focused on immediate business support. We are keen to help as many businesses as possible to reopen viably, once conditions allow. Our focus has therefore been on developing and distributing the £129 million tourism support package. Looking to the future, the £15 million culture, heritage and tourism fund, which has been agreed through the Stirling and Clackmannanshire city region...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism (Clackmannanshire and Dunblane) (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: Yes. The Scottish Government is a full partner in the Stirling and Clackmannanshire city region deal and we are contributing £45.1 million over 10 years, with additional investment of £5 million over the same period. The key tourism project, which I touched on and which Mr Brown was correct to mention, will be the £15 million culture, tourism and heritage programme, which includes key...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism Sector (Recovery) (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: Recovery proposals for a five-year period are being developed by the Scottish tourism emergency response group, in consultation with members of the Scottish tourism recovery task force. Ministers are currently considering eight short-term proposals and hope to make an announcement on those shortly. Short-to-medium-term recovery proposals should be developed by May. We are already delivering...

Scottish Parliament: Tourism Sector (Recovery) (10 Mar 2021)

Fergus Ewing: Clarity has been provided, through STERG and through our constant engagement with representative bodies in the tourism and hospitality sector. This week, so far, I have had five meetings with tourism bodies, including two with the STA and meetings with representatives of the hotel management, Scottish wedding industry and tour operator sectors. Our engagement with the tourism and hospitality...


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