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Interconnectors to Islands (Socioeconomic Benefits)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 27th May 2015.

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I cannot and should not speak for the UK Government, but I can say that, before the general election, there was a reasonable modus operandi. As far as I am aware, the island renewables delivery forum was the only subject-related working group to involve the Scottish and UK Governments. Getting round a table with Ed Davey, his officials, our officials and others was a useful and constructive way to do business.

I have therefore suggested to Amber Rudd that that modus operandi should continue. We pursue the issues in a non-partisan way—as Mr McArthur is aware—because of the enormous prize for the people whom he represents and for those who are represented by Tavish Scott and Dr Allan in the northern isles and the Western Isles.

I believe that the Prime Minister gave an undertaking in a letter to Councillor Angus Campbell that the islands’ potential would be delivered, so we look forward to the implementation of that prime ministerial pledge.