Severe Winter Weather (Disruption to Public Services)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at on 23 November 2023.

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Photo of Beatrice Wishart Beatrice Wishart Liberal Democrat

There was a lessons-learned exercise after storm Arwen. Issues that have been highlighted include the digital voice programme, turning off the copper wire telephone network and the lack of resilience in the mobile phone network. Last December, Shetland had a severe weather event that caused power cuts for up to six days for some people. What engagement has the Scottish Government had with the communications sector to ensure that people are able to contact public and emergency services during such severe winter weather events?