Results 41–60 of 4496 for speaker:Jim Mather

Scottish Parliament written answers — Renewable Energy: Renewable Energy (14 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: Mitigation can be identified at the strategic level through the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Habitats Regulations Appraisal (HRA) processes. The Scottish Government has undertaken a strategic SEA and HRA for offshore wind energy in Scottish Territorial Waters. An SEA for marine renewables (wave and tidal) was undertaken in 2007. Work is currently beginning on an Appraisal of...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Renewable Energy: Renewable Energy (14 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: Scottish Enterprise created the National Renewables Infrastructure Fund (N-RIF) to support, where necessary, development of port and near-port manufacturing locations for offshore wind turbines and related developments including test and demonstration activity, with the overall aim of stimulating an offshore wind supply chain in Scotland. This reflects the priorities highlighted in the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Renewable Energy: Renewable Energy (14 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government strongly encourages wind farm developers to use the guidance and calculator provided by the publication Calculating carbon savings from wind farms on Scottish peat lands - A New Approach to estimate carbon payback time when submitting applications for developments on peat lands. Where the application is for over 50 MW the consent of the Scottish Ministers is required....

Scottish Parliament written answers — Renewable Energy: Renewable Energy (14 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government has published The Economic Impacts of Wind Farms on Scottish Tourism at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2008/03/07113554/0. A key finding of the report is that wind farms and tourism can be compatible where wind farms are well sited.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Scottish Water: Scottish Water (14 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: This information is not held centrally and I have asked the Chief Executive of Scottish Water to reply to the member.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Small Businesses: Small Businesses (14 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government is fully supportive of the EU Small Business Act, which complements our Government Economic Strategy and Purpose. The Scottish Government welcomes the European Commission’s intention to review the Small Business Act as a helpful opportunity to examine progress made to embed the principles and implement its specific measures. While we have not undertaken any formal...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Voluntary Sector: Voluntary Sector (14 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: This is a matter for third sector organisations. The information requested is not held centrally.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Young People: Young People (14 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government is very supportive of the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust’s (PSYBT) Revolving Loan Fund. This provides young people with access to loans of up to £5,000 to set up in business and offers a valuable aftercare service to successful applicants from a large number of volunteer business people across Scotland. PSYBT is particularly concerned with creating...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Young People: Young People (14 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: Under the auspices of Financial Services Advisory Board (FISAB), work has already been undertaken, including desk based research and consultation with a number of key stakeholders, looking at the microcredit market in Scotland and considering whether gaps exist. With regard to youth microcredit, the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) is seen as the main provider of support to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Co-operatives: Co-operatives (11 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: I refer the member to the answer to question S3W-39059 on 7 February 2011. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/Apps2/Business/PQA/Default .aspx .

Scottish Parliament written answers — Co-operatives: Co-operatives (11 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: Planned discussions will be taken forward by Co-operative Development Scotland, from spring 2011, including consulting with co-operative businesses, on the participation in the UN International Year of Co-operatives 2012.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Energy: Energy (11 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government has today published its response to the Electricity Market Reform consultation. A copy of the response has been sent to the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee of the Parliament and can be found on our website. http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Business-Industry/Energy/I nfrastructure/Grid-Connections/EMR-consultation-UK.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Oil: Oil (11 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The information requested is published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change and can be found on their website at the following link: https://www.og.decc.gov.uk/information/info_strategy/index.h tm.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Oil: Oil (11 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The Department for Energy and Climate Change publish data on gas received at terminals in the UK which can be found on their website at the following link: https://www.og.decc.gov.uk/information/info_strategy/index.h tm. There is no gas produced in Scottish territorial waters.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Renewable Energy: Renewable Energy (11 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: In order to ensure that all material issues are considered, and Scottish ministers are in possession of all the information they require to determine applications, Scottish Government officials have met with Forth Energy and their representatives, on 25 occasions since we became aware of the proposals. Date Title Attendees Topic of Discussion 1 18-11-09 Forth Energy - Biomass Plant Review...

Scottish Parliament: Energy-from-waste Plants (10 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government recognises that the energy-from-waste process has a role to play in the delivery of our zero waste policy, albeit a restricted role. It must be remembered that the new regulatory measures that we seek to introduce under the zero waste plan will restrict significantly the volume and type of materials that can be processed in thermal treatment plants. It is important,...

Scottish Parliament: Energy-from-waste Plants (10 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: I am happy to build on my original answer. I reaffirm that the Scottish Government’s position remains that we do not support large-scale, inefficient energy-from-waste facilities. I fully expect that any future SNP Government would maintain that position.

Scottish Parliament: Energy-from-waste Plants (10 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The key message is that only materials that cannot be reused or recycled should go to energy-from-waste plants. Local authorities should avoid committing large tonnages to long-term residual waste treatment contracts, as they might struggle to meet their contractual obligations in the long term, because new measures that will come into force will limit material streams. As for the debate...

Scottish Parliament: Unemployment (10 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: The latest published figures show that Scotland has the highest employment rate in the UK: 71.1 per cent compared with the UK average of 70.5 per cent. In the last three months of 2010, Scotland was the only part of the UK where unemployment actually fell. While those figures are to be welcomed, we are far from being complacent. On the contrary, we are doing everything within the limit of our...

Scottish Parliament: Unemployment (10 Mar 2011)

Jim Mather: I admire the proposition that the member puts forward. It is entirely right that we focus on unemployment and unemployed young people. Unemployment is impacting on them very badly. Having economic recovery and high levels of employment is the main focus of this Government, and it will continue to be so. I turn to the competing fund from Labour. Our funds are on the table; they are in action...


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