"Oil and Gas Analytical Bulletin"

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 21st January 2016.

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Photo of Jackie Baillie Jackie Baillie Labour

I thank the First Minister for that response. It has been more than six months since the last “Oil and Gas Analytical Bulletin” was slipped out on the final day of term. In the intervening period, the oil price has dropped to $27 a barrel and is 70 per cent lower today than it was 18 months ago. Industry experts are predicting that it will drop further to $20 a barrel. There have been 65,000 jobs lost already and more are anticipated to be lost. We cannot afford to lose those skills for the future. What action will the First Minister take to protect those jobs? When will she publish a revised bulletin so that we can consider the impact on jobs and the economy?