Results 141–160 of 4496 for speaker:Jim Mather

Scottish Parliament: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (27 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: We indeed commit to investigating that further. We are very much linked to that. We want the “Digital Britain” vision to come to the fore and we have done everything that we can, incrementally, to make up for the shortcomings in broadband—as a UK universal service—that we were delivered under the previous UK Administration and the early days of the current one.

Scottish Parliament: Unemployment (North East Scotland) (27 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government is working hard to create and protect jobs and to help those who are unemployed to get back into work across all areas of Scotland. A substantial acceleration of capital investment and front-loading of European funding has helped to support jobs, and we continue to prioritise investment to help to provide people with the skills and training opportunities that will help...

Scottish Parliament: Unemployment (North East Scotland) (27 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The member paints a picture, certain elements of which we recognise. However, from the Dundee standpoint, we are now seeing the £70 million waterfront project, there is the Victoria and Albert at Dundee project, and Aberdeen, Montrose and Dundee are poised to capitalise on their port facilities as regards renewables. Looking at the complete picture, unemployment in the north-east is three...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Energy: Energy (27 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The low carbon environmental goods and services data in figure 2.2 of the Energy in Scotland report provides an estimate of low carbon jobs by sector at a national level or by local authority at an aggregated level. The methodology that underpins the data in figure 2.2 is, however, not designed for sectoral interrogation at a local authority level. More detail on the methodology and content...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Energy: Energy (27 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The low carbon environmental goods and services data in figure 2.4 of the Energy in Scotland report provides an estimate of low carbon sales by sector at a national level or by local authority at an aggregated level. The methodology that underpins the data in figure 2.4 is, however, not designed for sectoral interrogation at a local authority level. More detail on the methodology and content...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Energy: Energy (27 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: Official statistics on the Scottish share of UK (a) crude oil and (b) gas are not available. However, research carried out by Alex Kemp and Linda Stephen from the University of Aberdeen provides estimates of a hypothetic Scottish share of production, expenditure and revenues from the UK Continental Shelf based on a detailed financial model of the North Sea oil and gas industry. This research...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Energy: Energy (27 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: A full disaggregation of annual coal production is available from the Coal Authority website at http://www.coal.gov.uk/publications/miningtechnology/index.c fm . For ease of reference the relevant proportion of UK and Scottish coal production attributable to both surface and underground mining is reported below. (a) The UK (April 1999 to March 2000): (i) Surface mining accounted for 43.2% of...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Environment: Environment (27 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: Statements of Government policy can be expected to inform the development of policies in development plans and marine plans. The decision maker may have regard to a Draft Statement of Government policy when considering a planning or Electricity Act application, although the weight given to it would be a matter for the decision maker to determine when reaching a decision on that application.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Environment: Environment (27 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: Following strategic environmental assessment process outlined in the answer to question S3W-38634 on 27 January 2011, the Scottish Government will review the evidence gathered before formally adopting the policies in the Draft Electricity Generation Policy Statement later in 2011. The policies will be formally adopted in time to meet the statutory reporting requirement set out in s.38 of the...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Environment: Environment (27 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government published a draft version of the Electricity Generation Policy Statement to coincide with the publication of the Report on Proposals and Policies (RPP). The RPP has common proposals and was subject to a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) within the terms of the Environmental Assessment (Scotland) Act 2005. This draft publication of the Policy Statement was to...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Finance: Finance (27 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: Primarily, the investment activity would be delivered through the Scottish Co-investment Fund, the Scottish Venture Fund and the Scottish Seed Fund. Some 90% of the investments in 2009-10 relate to these funds. In addition, Scottish Enterprise, through the Scottish Investment Bank team, delivers a Portfolio Fund to support follow on investment activity and can also invest directly in...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Voluntary Sector: Voluntary Sector (27 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: Details of the voluntary organisations which received funding from the Third Sector Resilience Fund in 2010, and the amount each received, may be found at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/People/15300/funding/Resil ienceFundStrategy1/FundGrantRecipients.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Voluntary Sector: Voluntary Sector (27 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The Third Sector Resilience Fund closed for applications on 4 December 2009; 189 organisations applied for funding, of which 64 were successful.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Culture: Culture (26 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change represented the Scottish Government at a meeting on 25 November 2010 attended by Martin Hunt at which Mr Hunt represented 11 of the creditors for The Gathering 2009 Ltd. At that meeting, and in a subsequent letter of 26 November 2010 to the Minister for Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change, Mr Hunt argued that because...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Economy: Economy (26 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: An increase in commodity prices can increase both the cost of production and distribution across sectors in the economy however it is difficult to anticipate the exact nature of impact in the retail sector. For example, the implications will depend on the pricing strategies of individual retail firms and whether costs are absorbed in profit margins or passed to the consumer. In addition,...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Economy: Economy (26 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The future prospects of the Scottish economy are summarised within the Scottish Government’s quarterly State of the Economy publication available at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Topics/Economy/state-economy/late stSofE. The latest version, published at the end of November 2010, observes on page 51 that should conditions in the Scottish labour market remain weak, this will lower income per...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Energy: Energy (26 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government works in partnership with industry, academia and the public sector in the formulation of energy policy. This includes regular meetings of the Scottish Energy Advisory Board (SEAB) and a network of themed advisory groups, the membership of which includes significant technical and engineering expertise, and which takes expert advice on specific technical and engineering...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Energy Efficiency: Energy Efficiency (26 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The aspects of the Green Deal which will impact on devolved matters that will be subject to the Legislative Consent Memorandum laid in the Parliament on 13 December 2010 are: Areas of the Green Deal (domestic and non-domestic) around energy efficiency which are devolved; Areas of the Energy Company Obligation around areas that are devolved, and In addition, there are also areas of the UK...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Energy Efficiency: Energy Efficiency (26 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The Green Deal is a UK Government led initiative and is expected to be delivered UK wide. In Scotland, delivery will differ to take account for devolved matters such as housing and building controls. We are working closely with UK Government colleagues to ensure that the policy being developed takes account of Scottish specific circumstances such as differing house types, location issues,...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Energy Efficiency: Energy Efficiency (26 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: Plans are currently underway for the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), working with the Scottish Government, to deliver several stakeholder seminars in Scotland on the UK Energy Bill and the Green Deal. We see this as a first step of engagement and consultation to be held by DECC and the Scottish Government as the Green Deal policy rolls out. Scottish Government will also be...


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