Results 1–20 of 798 for speaker:Ivan McKee

Scottish Parliament: Hydrogen Innovation Scheme (Uptake) (10 Nov 2022)

Ivan McKee: The application window for the hydrogen innovation scheme, which was launched to support innovation in renewable hydrogen production, storage and distribution, closed on 31 October. The scheme received a high level of interest from private companies as well as academic institutions, with more than 70 applications received in total. Applications to the fund are currently being processed, and...

Scottish Parliament: Hydrogen Innovation Scheme (Uptake) (10 Nov 2022)

Ivan McKee: As outlined in our draft hydrogen action plan, which was published last year, our £100 million hydrogen investment programme is targeted at supporting renewable hydrogen production projects only. For the purposes of our hydrogen innovation scheme, we have defined that as hydrogen that is produced using renewable energy and zero carbon at the point of production. Therefore, all applications...

Scottish Parliament: Road Fuel (Variation in Prices) (6 Oct 2022)

Ivan McKee: I am aware of the impact on the people of Scotland from the increased fuel prices this year and of reports of inconsistent pricing at forecourts across the country. I was therefore pleased to learn that the United Kingdom Government had asked the Competition and Markets Authority to launch an urgent review of the road fuel market. Sarah Cardell, who is the CMA’s interim chief executive, has...

Scottish Parliament: Road Fuel (Variation in Prices) (6 Oct 2022)

Ivan McKee: I recognise the pressure that is on Stuart McMillan’s constituents and others across the country as a result of high fuel costs and I acknowledge the reported inconsistent pricing in the Inverclyde area. Such reports from road users across the country justify the CMA’s review of the UK’s road fuel market. The CMA has confirmed that its inquiry will cover the factors that drive local...

Scottish Parliament: Cost of Living (Tenant Protection) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (6 Oct 2022)

Ivan McKee: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I would have voted no.

Scottish Parliament: Energy Prices and Inflation (Impact on Businesses and Jobs) (21 Sep 2022)

Ivan McKee: We monitor closely the impact and we know that the effects are felt by traditionally energy-intensive industries and small businesses. We have engaged extensively with businesses and we support their calls for measures on energy prices, VAT reduction, staff shortages and handling business loans, which all fall within the reserved powers of the United Kingdom Government. Although the UK...

Scottish Parliament: Energy Prices and Inflation (Impact on Businesses and Jobs) (21 Sep 2022)

Ivan McKee: I thank Pauline McNeill for organising the recent event with hospitality businesses, which reinforced my understanding of the difficulties that businesses in that sector and others are facing, due not only to the price rises but to the uncertainty as a consequence of them. We have seen from the UK Government a six-month-only price cap, which is clearly not as helpful as it could be to...

Scottish Parliament: Energy Prices and Inflation (Impact on Businesses and Jobs) (21 Sep 2022)

Ivan McKee: The response from the UK Government on the issue and more broadly has been unacceptable. With key policy levers currently being reserved, as the member rightly points out, we will continue to press the UK Government across a range of measures, including the expansion of the shortage occupation list, VAT reduction on small and medium-sized enterprises’ energy bills, and an extension of the...

Scottish Parliament: Energy Prices and Inflation (Impact on Businesses and Jobs) (21 Sep 2022)

Ivan McKee: Yes, I do. It is one of the very cruel paradoxes of the current situation that, in Scotland, which is self-sufficient in energy, we are seeing rises in costs that are outwith our control, particularly in energy-rich Shetland, where, as Beatrice Wishart knows only too well, in many instances the impact is even more severe than it is across the rest of Scotland. Beatrice Wishart is absolutely...

Scottish Parliament: Energy Prices and Inflation (Impact on Businesses and Jobs) (21 Sep 2022)

Ivan McKee: I also saw Tony Danker’s comments, and he was very complimentary about his engagement with the First Minister. The Deputy First Minister, other ministers and I engage extensively and very regularly with the CBI and other business organisations in Scotland. My door is always open to any business organisation or business that feels that it is not being listened to—please come and arrange a...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Transformation (21 Sep 2022)

Ivan McKee: Scotland is an outward-facing nation; we take our place in the world seriously and work hard to build our links with international partners. That is true in the field of internationalising our economy, which the Scottish Government takes seriously, and it is why we published “A Trading Nation—a plan for growing Scotland’s exports” three years ago and “Scotland’s Inward Investment...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Transformation (21 Sep 2022)

Ivan McKee: That is a good point. If the member has read the original inward investment plan, he will recognise that we have done considerable analysis to understand spillover benefits—we recognised that the east of England is the leading part of the UK on maximising those benefits. We did considerable analysis of what the additional benefit to Scotland’s economy would be if we emulated that area’s...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Transformation (21 Sep 2022)

Ivan McKee: Of course I understand that, and I will talk about the approach in the inward investment plan to focusing on maximising values alignment between what we are trying to achieve and what inward investors are trying to achieve, for the benefit of Scotland’s economy. The export plan focused on answering four key questions. First, on which markets we should focus on, the plan was very clear on...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Transformation (21 Sep 2022)

Ivan McKee: I thank Willie Rennie for that point. I know that he never misses the opportunity to raise that issue, and I never miss the opportunity to put him right on the situation with GFG Alliance. First, Willie Rennie made a point before the debate began about the publication of the documents for the debate. I would have been happy to provide the documents earlier, but I am informed that...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Transformation (21 Sep 2022)

Ivan McKee: We engage frequently with our advisers and with GFG Alliance. We understand the challenges that GFG Alliance is going through and we are focused on maximising value to the Scottish economy. I go back to what I said—is the member arguing that we should have allowed the smelter to close? If that is what he is saying, I do not think that his constituents would be very happy about that. We have...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Transformation (21 Sep 2022)

Ivan McKee: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Economic Transformation (21 Sep 2022)

Ivan McKee: I will be honest. I asked that the documents be published as soon as possible. They are a great news story and I would love members to have had as long as they should have had to review them. We were advised that parliamentary protocol was that, if we are debating something, we can publish it only shortly before the debate. If that is incorrect, I would be delighted to take that on board and...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Transformation (21 Sep 2022)

Ivan McKee: The reason why there is no motion is that we were still in the mourning period and had been advised that, as a consequence, a motion could not be lodged—if that is incorrect, I am happy to be corrected, but that is the advice on protocol that we had.

Scottish Parliament: Economic Transformation (21 Sep 2022)

Ivan McKee: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Economic Transformation (21 Sep 2022)

Ivan McKee: The member is inaccurate on that point. I said that the reason why there is no motion is as a consequence of the events of recent days. That is not the reason why the documents were not published; I have explained three times why the documents were not published.


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