Publicly Owned Energy Company (Budget Allocation)

– in the Scottish Parliament on 26th June 2019.

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Photo of Dean Lockhart Dean Lockhart Conservative

7. To ask the Scottish Government how the finance secretary determined the budget allocation for its proposed publicly owned energy company. (S5O-03453)

Photo of Kate Forbes Kate Forbes Scottish National Party

The allocation of individual portfolio budgets is a matter for the relevant portfolio ministers, and each of those budgets is subject to consideration by the relevant committee as part of the budget scrutiny process.

Photo of Dean Lockhart Dean Lockhart Conservative

The establishment of a publicly owned energy company was first announced by the First Minister almost two years ago. However, according to the most recent update from the Scottish Government, that energy company has not even passed a feasibility assessment. Is this another example of the Scottish National Party overpromising and underdelivering on a flagship policy?

Photo of Kate Forbes Kate Forbes Scottish National Party

On the contrary, this is an example of the SNP thinking innovatively and trying to tackle some of the deep-seated issues that affect our society. We recognise that a new energy company could do a lot to tackle fuel poverty, promote consumer engagement in energy matters and, over time, contribute to economic development opportunities, which, I think, Dean Lockhart supports.

Photo of Claire Baker Claire Baker Labour

I hope that a publicly owned energy company will show a commitment to the Scottish supply chain that will support companies such as Burntisland Fabrications. Is the minister seeking a meeting with EDF, and does the Government intend to involve the trade unions in that meeting?

Photo of Kate Forbes Kate Forbes Scottish National Party

I know that Derek Mackay, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work, has met EDF.