SNP defeat Labour’s call for Oil and Gas Action Plan to tackle North Sea crisis

Holyrood logoThe SNP have this evening defeated a call by the Labour party in Scotland to set up a new Oil and Gas Action Plan in a vote in the Scottish parliament by 66 votes to 58.

Labour MSP Jackie Baillie, the party’s Economy spokesman, had called for an Industry Summit – involving employers, trade unions and political parties to tackle the North Sea jobs crisis. Her motion also called for;

  • A new public body – UK Offshore Investment Limited (UK OIL) – UK Offshore Investment Limited (UK OIL) – to protect Scotland’s vital oil and gas industry
  • A new North East Regional Economic Forum
  • An Export Markets Plan, and
  • Transferable Skills Plan to help redundant oil workers move to jobs in renewable energy and engineering sectors

However, Scottish Trade and Industry Minister Keith Brown tabled a watered-down Scot-Govt. amendment – ultimately approved in the above vote – which stated: “This parliament;

Notes recent publications, including the EY Scottish ITEM Club;

Recognises that the Scottish economy, and the oil and gas sector in particular, is facing many external challenges though will continue to grow this year, despite the impact of lower oil prices on the oil and gas sector, which has revised up its growth forecast for 2017, as the negative impact of the oil price fades and the pace of expansion picks up;

 Acknowledges the EY Attractiveness Survey, which showed that Scotland attracted more foreign direct investment projects than any part of the UK outside London last year and has “been resilient in managing to weather the oil and gas price volatility storm whilst also being able to flourish in other sectors”;

Recognises the measures that the Scottish Government is taking to support workers and companies affected by falling oil prices and the wider slowdown in the global economy, including the Energy Jobs Taskforce, which has supported 8,800 individuals and over 100 employers to help those affected move forward into new employment, training or education, and;  

Recognises that the Bank of Scotland oil and gas sector report provides clear evidence that there are still opportunities in the North Sea, and finds that more than half of companies believe that the UK Government must bring forward further support for exploration activity.”

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