Environment

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:47 pm on 21st February 2007.

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Photo of Allan Wilson Allan Wilson Labour 4:47 pm, 21st February 2007

I will deal, first, with a point that Jim Wallace and Maureen Macmillan made very effectively. It relates to the old problem of the SNP trying to face two ways at the same time. SNP members consistently talk green in the chamber but turn yellow outside it when a populist bandwagon passes by. We are all used to the SNP saying different things to different people in different parts of the country—that is its stock in trade—but one cannot disconnect the generation of electricity from its transmission and supply to the market. That means that one must have a position on grid upgrade. I will address Jim Wallace's point directly. Only yesterday I was in discussion with Ofgem in London about developing solutions to the problem, which is fundamental to the success of the renewables revolution in this country.