Oil industry must work to ensure Sullom Voe future

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) is highlighting the importance of protecting the Sullom Voe oil and gas terminal. They have published a report which says that low oil prices could lead to the premature closure of critical infrastructure with the potential to shut down whole areas of the North Sea. Sullom Voe is mentioned by the OGA as a vital cog in the oil and gas wheel. Today in a Holyrood Economy debate Shetland MSP Tavish Scott will raise Sullom Voe’s importance to the local, Scottish and UK economy and the need to maintain its role. 

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Shetland wants to help humanitarian crisis

Local people across Shetland want to help Syrian refugees by offering assistance and accommodation says Shetland MSP Tavish Scott. He has had many messages from Islanders asking what Shetland can do to help as TV pictures show Syrian families in terrible conditions, in distress and in the image of Aylan Kurdi, a young boy found drowned on a Turkish beach.

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Tavish celebrates Merchant Navy Day in Scalloway

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Merchant Navy Day which supports the future of seafarers and remembers the sacrifices of those lost at sea, will be recognised at the Scalloway Marine Centre this morning.  Shetland MSP Tavish Scott is the local guest of honour for Merchant Day as the Red Ensign is raised at 10am.

 

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Tavish - Shetland Seafood underpins local economy

Commenting on an economic assessment of seafood to Shetland economy Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said,

 "Shetland, Scotland and the UK are £351 million a year stronger because of our local seafood industries. That is enormous contribution to the local and national economies. Government in Edinburgh rightly promote food and  drink for their growing importance. So we need government to support the enormous contribution Shetland makes."

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Tavish - senior course subjects at Shetland schools needs careful assessment

Commenting on the SIC's proposals to reduce the number of subjects available to senior pupils in secondary education Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said,

 "Giving Shetland's young people the best choices into work and life is a very important part of Shetland education. I strongly support the new academies that will give career options in engineering, caring and the building industry much earlier in school life. Shetland's Learning Partnership is right to make sure that vocational education is very bit as important as university. Shetland needs both. 

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Tavish questions Gilbert Bain Hospital cancelled operation figures

Figures released by the NHS across Scotland today show that 5.4% of operations were cancelled in July at the Gilbert Bain Hospital due to capacity or non-clinical reasons. The Scottish average is 1.4%. Shetland MSP Tavish Scott is asking whether the small number of medical procedures taking place in Lerwick skew the figures when compared to large hospitals such as Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. The figures produced by the Scottish Government show that 9 out of 166 scheduled operations were cancelled due to non-clinical reasons. This is a significant rise from June when only 3 operations (1.9%) were cancelled at the Gilbert Bain Hospital for non-clinical reasons.

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999 emergency cover must not be lost again

BT, who provides telephone services to Shetland, assured Isles MSP Tavish Scott that they making their telephone network as robust as it can be. During today’s meeting (Tuesday) Tavish Scott pressed BT to ensure that losing the 999 emergency number on the 25th July cannot happen again. BT stressed that they have repaired the Wideford Hill radio transmitter in Orkney where the fault occurred leaving Shetland and some of Orkney without any 999 call service for 4.5 hours. BT told Tavish Scott that they are working on long term resilience plans to strengthen the network and minimise the possibility of Shetland losing telephone services. Tavish Scott met BT Scotland Director Brendan Dick and Mark Dames, Head of BT Policy. BT is meeting the Scottish Government this week to discuss improvements to the reliability of the service.

 

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Shetland Times Column

The Work Minister Roseanna Cunningham visited Brae High School this week. She announced something very sensible. Careers advice and guidance for secondary one pupils - 12 year olds - is to be piloted at Brae and a number of other schools across Scotland. This is not about telling our 1st years that they will be lawyers, plumbers or heaven help them, a politician. It is about talking through the options that offer a way into work. School leads to training, college, university or directly into a job. All are equally valuable. 

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Tavish discusses Shetland flights with Loganair bosses

Speaking after meeting Loganair bosses in Glasgow, Shetland MSP Tavish Scott said, "Loganair know they have real work to do that improves the reliability of Shetland's air services to the Scottish mainland. I recognise the work the company are doing to make this better."

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Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur call on Scottish Government to increase support available under the Air Discount Scheme

Northern Isles MSPs, Tavish Scott and Liam McArthur have again called on the Scottish Government to increase support available under the Air Discount Scheme. In response to parliamentary questions from Mr McArthur, the Transport Minister, Derek Mackay MSP has confirmed that this option is being actively considered.  

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