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Scottish Parliament: “Report on the public sector’s support for exporters, international trade and the attraction of inward investment” (19 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The debate has been genuinely worth while, with a good blend of positiveness, constructive ideas and constructive criticism. That is evidence that the Parliament is deadly serious about internationalisation, exports and attracting investment. It is important that we broadcast the message that there is a cross-party constancy of purpose on the issue. Scotland has to earn its way in the world...

Scottish Parliament: “Report on the public sector’s support for exporters, international trade and the attraction of inward investment” (19 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: I am more than happy to do that. As a former auditor, I believe that the process stands up in audit terms. Given the sensitivities that were involved, the board handled the process properly and effectively. We had very interesting inputs from Gavin Brown on how we are doing. Again, as a former auditor, I am keen that we should have a true and fair view. The whole electronics era artificially...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Defence: Defence (19 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government views the retention of the RAF bases at Lossiemouth, Kinloss and Leuchars as an issue of national importance. We have been pressing the Ministry of Defence (MoD) for clarity on the future direction of the Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), in order to ensure that robust representations are both developed and made to the UK Government in advance of any...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Defence: Defence (19 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The First Minister last met with members of the Moray Task Force by videoconference on 7 December 2010 to discuss the campaign to retain the RAF bases at Lossiemouth and Kinloss in light of the potential threat posed to their future by the UK Government’s Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Economy: Economy (19 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: Ministers and officials regularly speak to, meet and correspond with a range of individual retailers and business organisations, such as the Scottish Retail Consortium, as part of ongoing engagement with sectors of the economy. In November 2010, there were several meetings where issues such as business rates and the economy were discussed.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Electricity: Electricity (19 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government maintains an interest in any relevant policy development in Europe and beyond. We have read the recent decision in the Netherlands with interest and note the reasons for this "Exchange Principle" as offering the opportunity to reduce the potential environmental impact in urban areas, reduce the impact on nature and improve the landscape. The development of Scotland’s...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Employment: Employment (19 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: There is no information held centrally on the number of jobs created in Scotland. However, data are available on the net change in jobs over time. Data on the number of workforce jobs by broad sector are available on a quarterly basis. Table 1 shows the number of workforce jobs in wholesale and retail trade, repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles. Table 1: Workforce Jobs, Scotland,...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Energy: Energy (19 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The information requested is not held centrally. Annual figures for electricity demand and generation by renewables in Scotland are published on the Scottish Government website at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Statistics/Browse/Environm ent/seso/Q/TID/18. In 2009, the most recent year for which statistics are held, wind and wave power generated the equivalent of 11.6% of Scotland’s...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Post Office: Post Office (19 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: £116,340.46 has been paid out from the Post Office Diversification Fund for Scotland so far.

Scottish Parliament: Electricity Market Reform (13 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: I will take a languid approach. I am grateful to members for their contributions to today's debate and for its tone, which has been mentioned several times. Stewart Stevenson recognised that electricity market reform will be a legacy issue for every Government that will ever be formed in Scotland. The tone of the debate was reflected in the conversation that we had with Chris Huhne...

Scottish Parliament: Electricity Market Reform (13 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: That is fundamental. The approach must be incremental and better and must build on what we have. We must debug it for unintended consequences. I am a great fan of a guy called Dennis Sherwood, whose big theory is that there is no such thing as unintended consequences—just bad thinking. We need the best-quality thinking. We will get the best thinking if we have the collaborative effort from...

Scottish Parliament: Electricity Market Reform (13 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: Nigel Don makes an excellent point, which we debated when we met the Québécois out in Cancún. In Québec, 98 per cent of the energy comes from hydro. People there are considering electric vehicles and pump storage as mechanisms for storing energy. We can learn from those good dynamics. In talking to the Québécois, I was struck that we have shorter journeys in Scotland, because it is a...

Scottish Parliament: Electricity Market Reform (13 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: Yes, that was discussed. I received to my great delight today a handwritten note from Jean Charest, Québec's Premier, to thank us for our time, so we have registered in yet another element of the planet. The key point is that the Parliament has come together on the issue. The Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee has played a particularly strong role and helped in successfully forcing the...

Scottish Parliament: Electricity Market Reform (13 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: —and a desire for the common good to be a key driver. Among the points that Iain Smith made in his role as convener of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee was one on the fossil fuel levy. I assure him that I, Mr Swinney and the First Minister, along with officials, will continue to engage on the issue. We entirely agree with Iain Smith on transmission charges, and we are delighted...

Scottish Parliament: Electricity Market Reform (13 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: I welcome the opportunity to debate the critical importance that electricity markets and regulatory frameworks play in delivering Scotland's energy potential. As our very own Professor Peter Cameron, professor of international energy law and policy at the University of Dundee, wrote, "Energy is at the heart of modern life" and "In modern times the main driver of economic growth has been, and...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — General Questions: Planning (Hunterston Power Station) (13 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: As indicated in the written answer on 16 December to the member's previous question on the subject, there are no plans for an early revision of any aspect of the national planning framework.

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — General Questions: Planning (Hunterston Power Station) (13 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: I start by saying that I cannot comment on a live application. Furthermore, the question time format is a difficult environment in which to answer a question as detailed as this one, so I offer the member a briefing with other members to open up the issue and look at it in further detail, especially in light of Chris Huhne's statement, in which with reference to electricity market reform he...

Scottish Parliament: Scottish Executive Question Time — General Questions: Planning (Hunterston Power Station) (13 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: Yes—I believe so. In the light of our work and United Kingdom electricity market reform, the main elements of our future energy mix look to be more renewables, decarbonisation of fossil-fuel plants to ensure that we have full carbon capture and storage and the development of an increasingly smart grid. I offer Mr Gibson the chance to join us in ensuring that we produce the optimal results...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Defence: Defence (13 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government has not provided direct financial support to the campaign to retain the Moray bases. Scottish Government ministers and officials have worked very closely with the task force and other public sector partners to ensure the best outcome for Scotland. In addition, we are taking steps to address the impact of the planned closure of Kinloss. The First Minister announced a...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Employment: Employment (13 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: An initial £300,000 package of skills and training support was announced on 22 December 2010. This investment will help ensure that people across Moray have the opportunity to re-train and develop the new skills that can help them find sustained, productive employment in the area. The Scottish Government will continue to work closely with the Moray Task Force to ensure an effective response...


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