Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 4th January 2021.

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Photo of Jamie Halcro Johnston Jamie Halcro Johnston Conservative

I welcome the news that parts of the Highlands and Islands region that are currently in level 3 will remain there. However, that also means that businesses in some areas, particularly those in the tourism sector, will be legally, although not practicably, able to remain open and will therefore be denied access to the full range of business support that is available. Does the First Minister accept that that is unfair and that it threatens jobs and livelihoods? Will she ensure that businesses in level 3 areas that are practicably unable to open will be able to access the full level of financial support that is being offered to businesses in other parts of the country?