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Winter Resilience

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 26th October 2011.

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Photo of Gil Paterson Gil Paterson Scottish National Party

I was about to make that very point. I do not think that the public or anyone else, particularly the Opposition, would want us to spend millions of pounds on equipment that might be used for the kind of three-week period of weather that we had last year, which was a record for Scotland. We could have dealt with that weather if we had brought in the equipment that they use in America. However, my challenge to members is for them to stand up and tell me whether that equipment will be used this coming year, when it will be used, how long it will be used for and when it will be used again after that. That is the problem.

I agree with the Government’s flexible approach. The people we should really speak to about the weather are those who drive the trucks that keep—