Results 161–180 of 4496 for speaker:Jim Mather

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

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government has been working closely with the DECC on both the UK Energy Bill which when approved will give powers to develop the Green Deal policy, and the emerging policy work on the Green Deal policy. We have worked to ensure that the UK Bill reflects Scottish interests and that it recognises Scottish devolved areas. We are also engaged with officials in the development of the...

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

Jim Mather: Policy development on the Green Deal is at an early stage and we are engaging and negotiating with the UK Government to ensure Scottish circumstances are recognised. We have had discussions with energy companies as part of the CERT (Carbon Emissions Reduction Target) Strategy Group where an overview of the policy was given and discussions on the impact on energy companies was explored....

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

Jim Mather: As with the UK and other developed economies, an estimate of the impact of business investment by specific sectors, such as retail, on other sectors of the economy is not carried out as part of any assessment of the economy. Business investment is however, an important driver of aggregate demand in the economy and is measured on that basis. Linda Fabiani (Central Scotland) (SNP): To ask the...

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

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government recognises the importance of innovation as a key driver of long-term sustainable economic growth. Our focus is on creating a flexible, supportive business environment and we look to our enterprise agencies to deliver support for Scottish businesses and inventors, including help in the marketing of new inventions. The principle support for individual inventors is...

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

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government welcomes the report and notes how such a fund could help deliver its objectives for increased local ownership of energy by communities and rural enterprises. Proposals for funding a community renewables loan scheme are included in the Budget Bill and we are currently considering how the scheme might be extended to provide access to land managers. Sarah Boyack...

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

Jim Mather: Applications for funding through the National Renewables Infrastructure Fund will be considered by Scottish Enterprise (SE) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). SE and HIE both require that projects obtain the necessary planning consents prior to the provision of funding. This will include environmental impact assessment of projects, where it is required. A Strategic Environmental...

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

Jim Mather: The National Renewables Infrastructure Fund is being administered by Scottish Enterprise (SE) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE). Where funding is provided by SE or HIE to support infrastructure projects these will have been subject to the relevant consenting processes to ensure environmental impacts are addressed. Sarah Boyack (Edinburgh Central) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive...

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

Jim Mather: The National Renewables Infrastructure Plan (N-RIP) Stage 1 and 2 reports identify Scotland’s key locations that can support the development of a globally competitive offshore renewables industry. The reports set out the indicative infrastructure requirements and associated economic returns that could be generated. All projects associated with N-RIP will be required to follow planning...

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

Jim Mather: I understand that the Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise wrote to the member on the 17 January 2011 in response to the question on the provision of private medical care to Scottish Enterprise staff.

Scottish Parliament written answers — Small Businesses: Small Businesses (26 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: Details of meetings of the Small Business Consultative Group between 2005 and 2010 are listed in the following table: Year Number Dates 2005 2 12 April; 27 September 2006 3 30 January; 22 May; 26 September 2007 2 16 January; 2 October 2008 1 12 May 2009 1 11 May 2010 1 9 June On 6 January 2009, the business membership of the group proposed moving to annual...

Scottish Parliament written answers — Small Businesses: Small Businesses (26 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The latest Annual Survey of Small Businesses’ Opinions (2007-08) was conducted between November 2007 and February 2008. In addition that frequent mind-mapping sessions held between 2007 and 2011 have kept ministers informed of small business opinion and also insured that small business have become even more closely connected with local government, public agencies, regulators, government and...

Scottish Parliament: Young People (Opportunities) (20 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: As a minister and a father, I applaud Robin Harper for his persistent and consistent view on this matter and for bringing this debate to the Parliament. After all, tackling youth unemployment is a top priority for this Government. History tells us that recession hits young people the hardest—they have been the first to lose their jobs and the last to benefit from the upturn—and that in...

Scottish Parliament: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (Support) (20 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: The Scottish Government recognises the vital contribution that small and medium-sized enterprises make to our economy. We are firmly committed to maintaining a supportive business environment and to ensuring that appropriate measures are in place both to stimulate start-ups and to grow existing SMEs. We have introduced a range of policies that will improve the business environment for SMEs,...

Scottish Parliament: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (Support) (20 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: We can add to those organisations the Scottish Grocers Federation and the Scottish Licensed Trade Association. This is an opportunity for the supermarkets to align with the people of Scotland—their customers, who are suffering uncertainty in the jobs market, whose incomes are frozen and whose pensions are down, with VAT on fuel and other difficulties also to consider. There is a growing...

Scottish Parliament: Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (Support) (20 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: I always look to Labour to find the glass half full. Scotland is moving forward, and the support from the FSB has been absolutely fulsome. We will continue to move forward in conjunction with all the businesses of Scotland.

Scottish Parliament: UK Consumer Protection Bodies (Reform) (20 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: Those are reserved matters, as the member will know. Although the UK Government proposals will have implications for Scotland, the policy detail is not yet fully defined. We invited key Scottish stakeholders to form a working group to consider how we might optimise future arrangements in Scotland and influence decisions in Whitehall. I expect the group’s report in February.

Scottish Parliament: UK Consumer Protection Bodies (Reform) (20 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: That was a constructive contribution from the member, and my answer is yes to all of that. I reinforce the message that we are maintaining close contact with the UK Government. We view this as an opportunity to create a model that provides a best solution for Scotland. The more voices that are involved in that, the better.

Scottish Parliament: UK Consumer Protection Bodies (Reform) (20 Jan 2011)

Jim Mather: We are entering a new era, following the financial services crash, in which people are looking to manufacturers and all businesses to be much more aligned with customers and their wellbeing. I will make a point of doing as the member asks.

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 welcome the report and the opening speech by the convener of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee. We have officials here noting the ideas, and I take the convener’s points about trying to achieve a step change and being open to other ideas as we go forward. The report addresses a key priority of the Government—that of increased sustainable growth. Given that further...

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 spent my life in the information technology industry. In the period up to the millennium we had many component manufacturers, such as IBM, Compaq, Hewlett-Packard and Digital, which was artificially skewing the Scottish economy. Such companies then began to reduce production in Scotland or move it elsewhere. Does the member acknowledge the special circumstances of the time?


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