"Oil and Gas Analytical Bulletin"

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

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The First Minister:

We will continue to do all that we can within our responsibilities to support the industry and the jobs that depend on it. For example, the Scottish Cabinet will hold a special session on Tuesday next week that will be attended by Lena Wilson, who is the chair of the oil and gas task force. It will look at what the task force has already done and what more it can do to support those in the industry.

I wrote to the Prime Minister yesterday to urge him to agree with me that we should accelerate the finalisation of a city deal for Aberdeen, funded jointly by the United Kingdom and Scottish Governments, so that we can help Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council to invest in the infrastructure that the city needs. We will continue to take all the action that we can take. Of course, we will also continue to call on the UK Government to make sure that there is an appropriate fiscal regime for the North Sea.

I noted the comments that BP made when it announced the regrettable job losses last week that it has confidence in its long-term future in the North Sea. I also noted the comments of Oil and Gas UK about the future of the sector if we do the right things now. We are determined to do the right things now and we call on the UK Government to do likewise.