A North Sea oil trade association has published its ‘wish-list’ for things it wants the next Scottish to do to help support the industry.
Oil & Gas UK wants the next Scottish Parliament to:
Create a supportive business environment that keeps Scotland internationally competitive and outlines a clear Scottish fiscal policy, sets appropriate business rates and helps promote the supply chain overseas
Deliver world-class infrastructure and connectivity that ensures Scottish industry hubs are well connected in Scotland and to those in the rest of the UK and overseas. This means strong transport links, quality broadband and speedy delivery of the Aberdeen City Region Deal.
Help innovation to flourish as technology will have a greater role to play in developing new and existing fields to their full potential, and also work quickly to deliver the new Oil and Gas Technology Centre.
Support skills retention and development by continuing the work of the Energy Jobs Task Force, promoting STEM – science, technology, engineering and maths – subjects that makes school leaves and graduates job-ready, and also implements the UK apprenticeship levy in a way to respond to industry’s needs.
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An Oil and Gas spokesman said: “We have enjoyed constructive relations with the outgoing Scottish Government and MSPs and look forward to forging the same links with the next Parliament. Our manifesto outlines the commitments the Scottish Government can make to help protect and preserve our industry which supports hundreds of thousands of jobs and is critical for helping to deliver the UK’s energy needs.”
The manifesto launch comes just ahead of an Oil & Gas UK hustings where industry representatives will hear what prospective parliamentary candidates think about oil and gas and the sector’s role in the nation’s economy.
Prospective Holyrood MPs attending a ‘Question Time’ event today in Aberdeen at Oil & Gas UK’s head office – are:
- Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing (SNP)
- Murdo Fraser (Scottish Conservatives)
- Lewis Macdonald (Scottish Labour)
- Mike Rumbles (Scottish Liberal Democrats)
- Dan Yeats (Scottish Greens)