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To ask the Scottish Government what the top export markets are for salmon and whisky in terms of value and volume.

Answered by Fergus Ewing (21/02/2018):

HMRC figures released on the 9th February show that the top export market for whisky remains the EU, with exports in 2017 to the EU accounting for nearly a third (31%) of total whisky exports. The EU is also the highest value market, with exports worth nearly
£1.4 billion last year, an increase of 11% on the previous year.

It is a similar story for salmon. The EU imported £282 million worth of Scottish salmon last year. The trend is one of a market of increasing value – in 2014, it was worth 34 per cent of total export, now the EU is worth 47%.

Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 21/02/2018

To ask the Scottish Government when it last met Scottish Water to discuss the company, Business Stream.

Answered by Roseanna Cunningham (25/01/2018):

I meet with the Chair of Scottish Water and Scottish Water Business Stream regularly. I last attended Scottish Water’s Board meeting on 6 December 2017.

Current Status: Answered by Roseanna Cunningham on 25/01/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what support it will provide to the 2018 Celtic Connections festival, and what engagements (a) ministers and (b) officials plan to undertake at the event.

Answered by Fiona Hyslop (18/01/2018):

Celtic Connections has received £550K of Regular Funded Organisations (RFO) funding from Creative Scotland equating to £183,334 and £4K towards the Gaelic and Scots Showcase in 2018.

The Scottish Government Ministers and officials will be attending a number of events at the Celtic Connections to celebrate the 25th anniversary. I am attending the opening reception and concert and the Minister for International Development and Europe will be attending the BEMIS Burns Supper. In addition the Scottish Government will support the showcase Scotland events and the Irish partner country events. Officials will support Ministerial attendance and attend the List Festival programme launch. All Ministerial activity is published quarterly in detail.

Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 18/01/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact of the Celtic Connections festival on the economy of (a) Glasgow and (b) Scotland.

Answered by Fiona Hyslop (16/01/2018):

A Celtic Connections 2016 Economic Impact Assessment, carried out by EKOS Limited for Glasgow Life was published in June 2016. The report showed the following results:

Celtic Connections 2016 generated expenditure of £5,537,195 from visitors from the Glasgow area and £1,732,247 from visitors from the rest of Scotland.

  • Once all organiser costs have been taken into account, the calculation of economic impact has identified that the festival has a benefit of £4,002,532 across Scotland. (This is made up of £3,899,433 from the Glasgow area and £1,031,099 from across the rest of Scotland).

  • The festival is estimated to have generated over a hundred full-time equivalent jobs for one year across Scotland in 2016 (79.6 jobs in Glasgow and 24.8 jobs across the rest of Scotland).

Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 16/01/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the comment in The Scotsman on 31 December 2017 by the artistic director of the Celtic Connections festival that, (a) because of Brexit, (i) many international artists feel unwelcome in the UK because the country now appears "less internationalist in outlook", (ii) new entry visa requirements "would be a big logistical nightmare and financial headache" for the festival and (iii) the impact on the festival's buying power because of the fall in the value in the pound has led to a 20% reduction in the number of overseas artists attending the festival and (b) without EU-funding, "maybe a dozen shows a year in our programme" would not have happened.  

Answered by Fiona Hyslop (18/01/2018):

The Scottish Government confirms that any form of Brexit will cause serious damage to Scotland and that the UK leaving the single market and customs union would be damaging to Scotland. We agree that ending free movement of people will have a negative impact on individuals, families and our economy and society as a whole.

We strongly advocate that Scotland is, and continues to be, an outward-looking, welcoming nation, which is underpinned by our world class international festivals. Freedom of movement within the EU enriches Scotland’s culture. It is important that artists from around the EU are able to bring their work to Scotland and EU citizens can travel freely to Scotland to experience our unique culture and world leading festivals. Scotland’s cultural and creative industries companies are able to recruit the talent and skills that they need from as wide a pool as possible.

We know that the UK’s current visa system already puts in place significant cost and administrative barriers to non-EU artists bringing their work to the festivals. Expanding those barriers to artists from the rest of the EU could have a devastating impact, on both the economic and the cultural impact of the festivals.

The Scottish Government agrees that EU funding programmes are hugely beneficial to the culture, creative industries and historic environment sectors in Scotland. Between 2007 and 2016, EU funds have directly supported these sectors with at least £59 million of funding, involving around 650 projects. Additionally, EU funding can have a multiplier effect by leveraging funding from other sources. Moreover, the non-financial benefits of participation in these funding streams is immeasurably significant, supporting the international exchange and collaboration which is the lifeblood of the culture sector, as well as central to supporting Scotland’s global reputation for cultural excellence.

Current Status: Answered by Fiona Hyslop on 18/01/2018

To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body, in light of recent reports regarding harassment, what provisions are in place to protect staff and interns employed by MSPs.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 09/11/2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to deal with sexual harassment.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 31/10/2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement that it issued on 16 September, what its response is to the violence that took place during the independence referendum in Catalonia.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 03/10/2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase access to new medicines.

Current Status: Taken in the Chamber on 04/10/2017