Dalzell and Clydebridge Steel Plants (Update on Negotiations)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 22 March 2016.

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Photo of Fergus Ewing Fergus Ewing Scottish National Party

I will take very seriously the Presiding Officer’s warning about breathing. [Laughter.]

I absolutely agree that the priority for all of us across the Parliament is, as Mr Pentland said, to safeguard the jobs. That has always been the rationale of our primary objective, which is to secure a potential future for the sites and to continue steel operations in Scotland. It is a perfectly fair question.

As for the election timetable, political timetables and commercial timetables—sadly—often do not coincide, but I give the member the assurance that he asked for. Everything possible is being done to bring matters to a conclusion and I remain hopeful that that can be reached. It would be imprudent to go into any detail, frustrating though that may be for members, but I give my personal assurance that everything possible has been and will continue to be done.