Results 1–20 of 4496 for speaker:Jim Mather

Scottish Parliament: Leith Biomass Plant (Consultation) (22 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The energy consents and deployment unit received 1,900 consultation responses from organisations that were consulted on the proposed development and from members of the public who submitted representations. Of those responses, 1,156 were objections, which include holding objections that were made pending the submission of further information; two supported the development; and 732 were...

Scottish Parliament: Leith Biomass Plant (Consultation) (22 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: I note Malcolm Chisholm’s comments. We are working closely with the United Kingdom Government to help it to develop its biomass strategy. As he properly said, I cannot comment on live planning applications. It is obvious that I cannot comment on any call for a moratorium on applications for large-scale biomass plants when ministers are involved in determining the process for such schemes.

Scottish Parliament: Leith Biomass Plant (Consultation) (22 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: I note that suggestion. We should note that the process has been properly followed, open and consultative. I hope that such features will be the hallmark of future processes.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Digital Technology: Digital Technology (21 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The reasons these bids could not be supported was that the score of the bids against the full criteria used fell below that of the others. In the case of Highland, the bid’s explanation of the impact on jobs, and the area and population covered, was weaker than the highest scoring bids. Other bids also provided technical solutions likely to deliver longer term sustainability. In the case of...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Employment: Employment (21 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government provides support through the PACE (Partnership Action for Continuing Employment) Partnership to all individuals facing redundancy. The local PACE Partnership is aware of potential job losses at West Freugh and has contacted the company to offer advice and support. To date QinetiQ has declined the offer of this support as they already have arrangements in place to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Renewable Energy: Renewable Energy (21 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The Kintyre site was one of the short-term options that was included within the Draft Plan for Offshore Wind Energy in Scottish Territorial Waters. The Scottish Government has just published the plan which includes its view on the proposed offshore wind farm at Kintyre.

Scottish Parliament: Employment (Falkirk West) (17 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: I am aware of the success of places such as Falkirk in building broad-based employability partnerships with a combined focus on the needs of adults and young people. It is clear that the approach is working because, despite the difficult economic conditions, the number of people employed in Falkirk rose by 400 over the year to June 2010. In fact, at 72.5 per cent, the employment rate for...

Scottish Parliament: Employment (Falkirk West) (17 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: I recognise the scenario that the member has painted. Alexander Dennis, Malcolm Allan and HEROtsc have all displayed resilience and perseverance, have invested in and developed new products and services, and have sought out markets and won new contracts. The Scottish Government is doing more: four offers of regional selective assistance in the Falkirk area have been accepted, amounting to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Electricity: Electricity (17 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government has requested that both SSE Power Distribution and Scottish Power Transmission Ltd examine options for undergrounding the Beauly Denny upgrade in their respective areas as part of the process of developing proposals for visual mitigation schemes. The Scottish Government have taken advice on the options for these schemes from Stirling Council, Scottish Natural Heritage,...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Employment: Employment (17 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government recognises the unique challenges that face Scotland’s rural communities and is firmly committed to maintaining the supportive business environment necessary to secure existing jobs while creating new employment and investment opportunities in Campbeltown and the rest of Kintyre. We continue to work with our partners - Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), Scottish...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Renewable Energy: Renewable Energy (17 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: Representations made from members of the public and from formal consultees are a material consideration in the determination of section 36 applications by Scottish Ministers. Representations received for the wind farms listed above are set out in the following table. Wind Farm Support Objections Aikengall II Wester Dod community wind farm, 382 104 Allt Duine wind farm, 7 4 Arecleoch...

Scottish Parliament: Local Electoral Administration (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (16 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: Amendment 1 is a technical amendment, which will alter the way in which the bill will amend section 5 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000, to extend the Electoral Commission’s function in relation to reporting on the administration of ordinary local government elections. That is necessary because of the interaction of section 5 with other sections in the 2000 act....

Scottish Parliament: Local Electoral Administration (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: I am pleased to be here for the debate. The parliamentary process has been fairly smooth and has reflected the consensus across all parties on the need to continue to improve the administration of elections. I am grateful for members’ support and, in particular, for the work of the Local Government and Communities Committee. I also thank the people who gave evidence and helped to develop...

Scottish Parliament: Local Electoral Administration (Scotland) Bill (16 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: We have less than a week left of the current parliamentary session. We have debated many issues, and there has been some agreement and some disagreement, but all with the intention of improving the lives of people in Scotland. Although the Local Electoral Administration (Scotland) Bill may not be the most newsworthy piece of legislation that we have considered, it will make changes to give...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Digital Technology: Digital Technology (15 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: Our digital strategy, Scotland’s Digital Future: A Strategy for Scotland , published on 3 March 2011, outlines our ambition for availability of next generation broadband throughout the whole of Scotland, including highland Perthshire, by 2020 with significant progress being made by 2015. To achieve this, we are already working with local authorities, enterprise agencies, industry and others...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Enterprise: Enterprise (15 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: Scottish Intellectual Management Limited (SIAM) is a Company Limited by Guarantee whose core purpose is to operate and manage the Intellectual Assets Centre. SIAM is a subsidiary of Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Enterprise: Enterprise (15 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The issue of whether the Intellectual Assets Centre is encouraged to seek funding from appropriate EU funding programmes is an operational matter for Scottish Enterprise in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise. I have asked the Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise to provide the member with a response to the question.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Enterprise: Enterprise (15 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The issue of whether there are any impediments to the Intellectual Asset Centre securing funding from the European Union is an operational matter for Scottish Enterprise in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise. I have asked the Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise to provide the member with a response to the question.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Enterprise: Enterprise (15 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The impact and objectives of the Intellectual Asset Centre in relation to its work on food and drink strategic objectives and protected food names is an operational matter for Scottish Enterprise and Highlands and Islands Enterprise. I have asked the Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise to provide the member with a response to the question.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Enterprise: Enterprise (15 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The issue of replacing withdrawn programmes run by the Intellectual Asset Centre that ran in conjunction with the local authorities’ Supplier Developer Programme is an operational matter for Scottish Enterprise in partnership with Highlands and Islands Enterprise. I have asked the Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise to provide the member with a response to the question.


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