Prime Minister (Meetings)

Part of First Minister's Question Time – in the Scottish Parliament at 12:01 pm on 8th March 2007.

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Photo of Trish Godman Trish Godman Labour 12:01 pm, 8th March 2007

The First Minister will be aware of the loss of jobs that my constituents at Ferguson Shipbuilders Limited's yard in Port Glasgow face. I welcome his decision earlier this week to bring forward the tendering process for the fisheries protection vessel, which I hope will be built at Ferguson's shipyard in my constituency.

However, I urge him to facilitate a meeting between management, shop stewards, Ross Finnie, Nicol Stephen and me so that we can give careful consideration to all the options for work that are open to Ferguson's yard. I also ask him to encourage his Minister for Transport, Tavish Scott, to make an early decision on the Gourock to Dunoon ferry, which would enable Ferguson's to bid for that order.