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Environmental Social Enterprise of the Year

That the Parliament congratulates Point and Sandwick Trust on being named the Environmental Social Enterprise of the Year at the Social Enterprise UK Awards 2018; notes that the awards recognise organisations for their business excellence and contribution to society, as well as the achievements of people working at the heart of the sector; understands that funding managed by the trust is gifted from the profits created by ownership and operation of the Beinn Ghrideag community wind farm; understands that the three-turbine 9MW scheme is built on common grazing land on the Isle of Lewis and is the biggest community wind farm in the UK; congratulates everyone who works so hard to make the trust a success, and wishes them all the best for the future.

Supported by: Bill Kidd, Sandra White, Joan McAlpine, Kenneth Gibson, Mark Ruskell, Fulton MacGregor, Alasdair Allan, Tom Arthur, Gil Paterson, Rhoda Grant, David Stewart, Clare Adamson, Angela Constance, Stewart Stevenson

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide details of all meetings that (a) ministers and (b) its officials have had with (i) EDF, (ii) The Wood Group, (iii) Lewis Wind Power and (iv) The Stornoway Trust regarding proposals for wind turbines on Lewis; who attended each meeting, and (A) where and (B) when each meeting took place.

Answered by Paul Wheelhouse (03/10/2018):

The following table includes all details of meetings between Ministers and officials that have been held with the named parties in respect of wind turbines on Lewis.



Location and relevance


3 February 2009

Scottish Government, St Andrews House, Edinburgh


To discuss key changes in AMEC (predecessor of Wood Group) since 2006, the company’s strategic objectives and AMEC in Scotland – key issues and opportunities


Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister of Scotland


Scottish Government Officials


Samir Brikho, Chief Executive,Gerry McGill, Power & Process Division

Duncan Guy, Head of Government Relations (AMEC)

23 August 2011

Location not recorded.


Meeting to discuss prelimiary peat landslide hazard assessments and consultation responses in respect of Stornoway Wind Farm


Representatives from Halcrow, Lewis Wind Power, and officials from Scottish Government Energy Consent Unit

26 June 2014

Scottish Government, Atlantic Quay


A discussion to review the extent to which the policy, regulatory and market framework supports the necessary grid connections/upgrades for each island group.

Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Energy Enterprise and Tourism


Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change


Scottish Government Officials


Representatives from key

islands generation stakeholders including UK and Scottish ministers, council leaders, developers, SHE Transmission, National Grid, Ofgem, HIE, Stornoway Trust.

2 September 2014

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway


Meeting to discuss approach and scope of assessment required for variation of Stornoway Wind Farm consent.

Representatives from Lewis Wind Power


Representatives from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, SEPA, SNH, Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust, Angling Association and RSPB


ECU Officials

17 December 2014

Scottish Parliament


A meeting to discuss progress on the Stornoway Wind Farm and Muatheabhal Wind Farm developments.


Pauls Wheelhouse MSP


Christian Egal, Matthieu Hue, David Cameron (EDF ER)

9 December 2015

Location not recorded


Discussion on wind farm development in the Western Isles and the proposed interconnector from the Western Isles to the mainland.Discussion regarding EDF purchase.


Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Business, Energy & Tourism


Nick Oppenheim, Director of Uisenis Power Limited


22 March 2017

Scottish Parliament


Mr De Rivaz requested a meeting with Mr Wheelhouse to discuss a route to market for EDF's two wind farm developments on Lewis.

Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation & Energy

Vincent de Rivaz, CEO, EDF Energy


Energy policy officials

10 April 2017

Scottish Island Renewables Delivery Forum, Caberfeidh Hotel, Stornoway. Stornoway Wind Farm amongst projects discussed.


Time in Stornoway also included a short visit by Mr Wheelhouse to Stornoway Wind Farm site faciltated by representative from EDF.

Lord Dunlop,

Paul Wheelhouse MSP

Rt Hon Greg Clarke MP


Representatives from SSEN, OFGEM, Highland and Islands Enterprise, Scottish Renewables, Shetland Islands Council, SSE Renewables, Orkney Islands Council, Orkney Wind and EMEC, DP Energy, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, EDF and The Stornoway Trust


30 August 2017

Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen


Meeting to discuss the UK Government's approach on providing at route to market for remote Island wind.

Paul Wheelhouse MSP

Richard Harrington, Minister for Energy and Industry

Angus McNeil MP

Alister Carmichael MP


Representatives of island wind developers including EDF.


Representatives from Scottish Renewables, Community energy Scotland, and local council leaders from Shetland, Orkney and the Western Isles.


13 September 2017

Atlantic Quay


One of the regular project portfolio meetings held between ECU and EDF. Western Isles Developments discussed amongst all other projects.

EDF – Tony Scorer, David Cameron, Susie Lind


ECU officials

7 November 2017

Scottish Parliament


Meeting with EDF ER


EDF requested a meeting to update Mr Wheelhouse on the company's business in Scotland including on wind projects on Lewis.


Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation & Energy

Matthieu Hue, CEO, EDF Energy Renewables

Paul Winkle, Scottish Business Director, EDF Energy

David Cameron, Head of Scottish Policy, EDF Energy


Energy policy officials

27 February 2018

Atlantic Quay


Discussions around proposals for wind turbines on Lewis, introducing intention to submit new application in respect of Stornoway.

Representatives of Wood Group and LUC, and Energy Consents Officials

30 April 2018

Council Offices, Sandwick Road, Stornoway


Pre Scoping Meeting to inform environmental assessments for forthcoming new application for Stornoway Wind Farm.

Representatives from EDF, SNH, Wood Group, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, LUC, Energy Consents Unit, HES, SEPA.

14 May 2018

Atlantic Quay


Discussion regarding the Western Isles interconnector needs case, topics included new consent application for Stornoway.

David Cameron Head of Scottish Policy, EDF and representatives of EDF


Scottish Government Policy Officials

23 May 2018

Atlantic Quay


Discussion regarding Stornoway Wind Farm and EIA requirements for a forthcoming application.

EDF representatives and Energy Consents Unit officials

25 June 2018

Atlantic Quay


Discussion regarding a range of Energy Consents issues, including the existing consent for Stornoway Wind Farm.

David Cameron, Head of Scottish Policy EDF


Scottish Government Energy Industries Official

23 August 2018

Atlantic Quay


One of the regular project portfolio meetings held between ECU and EDF. Western Isles Developments discussed amongst all other projects.

David Cameron, Head of Scottish Policy – EDF


Representatives of EDF ER


Energy Consents Officials


John Buswell, Phill Minas and Darren Cumming (LWP)

Representatives from Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, SEPA, SNH, Outer Hebrides Fisheries Trust, Angling Association and RSPB

ECU Officials

Current Status: Answered by Paul Wheelhouse on 03/10/2018
BiFab Jobs

That the Parliament notes reports that workers at BiFab yards in Fife and Lewis may be facing redundancy as the yards are expected to close; understands that Unite has stated that it expects 260 jobs to go, with redundancies beginning in May 2018; acknowledges the extraordinary efforts of the workforce and its trade unions, which staged a work-in in November 2017 in a bid to save the yards; commends the Scottish Government for its efforts to date to protect these jobs; believes that the closure of these yards would be devastating for the workforce and local communities; considers that the highly-skilled staff have an important role to play in building Scotland’s future energy infrastructure, and commits to working on a cross-party basis, with the workforce, trade unions and government to keep these yards open.

Supported by: Mark Ruskell, Ross Greer, John Mason, Ivan McKee, Alison Johnstone, Alex Rowley, Rona Mackay, Patrick Harvie, James Dornan, Gail Ross, Neil Findlay, Fulton MacGregor

Current Status: Fallen on 09/05/2018

To ask the Scottish Government what its position is on the suspension of the Mangersta grazing committee on the Isle of Lewis and whether it has a role to play in the mediation of this matter.

Answered by Fergus Ewing (26/05/2016):

The Crofting Commission is a public body which operates at arm’s length from the Scottish Ministers. The commission operates on a day-to-day basis independently of the government, and the Scottish Government does not comment on individual regulatory decisions taken by the commission.

In addition to the commission’s own procedure in relation to complaints, there is a prescribed legal route in respect of challenges to any of its decisions.

The Scottish Government engages productively with the commission and other crofting stakeholders on crofting policy and regulation, particularly through the Crofting Stakeholder Forum, where a range of bodies with an interest in crofting, including the Crofting Commission, are represented.

Current Status: Answered by Fergus Ewing on 26/05/2016
2015 Scottish BAFTA for Director Film/Television

That the Parliament congratulates Donald Coutts on being awarded the 2015 Scottish BAFTA for Director Film/Television in recognition of his work on the CBBC TV programme, Katie Morag; understands that the production, which is based on the well-known books by the Scottish author, Mairi Hedderwick, has been critically acclaimed throughout its two series; considers that this praise is attributable to Donald and the cast and crew and that its success has offered a broader audience an opportunity to glimpse at Scottish island living; hopes that the programme, which is filmed primarily on Lewis, will encourage more film and television producers to consider Scotland’s islands as locations, and wishes Donald continued success.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Liz Smith, Margaret Mitchell, Mary Scanlon, Kevin Stewart, Jean Urquhart, Mike MacKenzie, Margaret McCulloch, Graeme Dey, Anne McTaggart, Adam Ingram, Bill Kidd, Jackie Baillie, Hanzala Malik, Dennis Robertson, Claire Baker, David Torrance, Sandra White, Angus MacDonald, Dave Thompson, Sarah Boyack, Clare Adamson

Current Status: Fallen on 19/01/2016
2015 Highland Young Musician of the Year

That the Parliament warmly congratulates Abigail Millar-Todd from Fortrose Academy on winning the 2015 Highland Young Musician Award; understands that Abigail was the eventual winner of a final group of six who each performed a 15-minute programme in front of the judging panel on 14 June; notes that all entrants are members of regional Highland Young Musicians music groups; further adds its congratulations to Zoe Hodi from Aberdeen City Music School on being deemed runner-up and Hattie McGregor from Resolis Primary School on being deemed most promising talent as well as to Adam Forsythe from Grantown Grammar School, Lewis Clarkson from Millburn Academy and Amber-Rose Ness from Inverness High School on reaching the final, and believes that, with what it considers such great talent, the future of music in the Highlands is in safe hands.

Supported by: Nanette Milne, Liz Smith, Jackie Baillie, Kenneth Gibson, Anne McTaggart, Dennis Robertson, Patricia Ferguson, Nigel Don, Rob Gibson, Kevin Stewart, John Wilson, Jamie McGrigor, David Torrance, Mike MacKenzie, Colin Beattie, Mark McDonald, Elaine Murray, Claire Baker, Clare Adamson, Margaret Mitchell, Gil Paterson, Jean Urquhart, Mary Scanlon, Dave Thompson

Current Status: Fallen on 30/09/2015
Community Takes Control of Carloway Estate

That the Parliament congratulates the Carloway Estate Trust on it officially taking control of the Carloway Estate on Lewis; understands that, in 2014, 77% of the estate’s 700 residents backed community ownership in a ballot to push ahead with a community buyout; joins the trust in thanking the previous owner, the Galloway family, on what it considers both its willingness to sell the land and professional behaviour throughout the process; understands that the trust has hired staff to develop the estate and to help deliver community projects; believes that the buyout will deliver long-term benefits to the community, and hopes that the conduct of the trust and the Galloway family throughout the process will set an example to all future community buyouts.

Supported by: Anne McTaggart, Jean Urquhart, Kevin Stewart, Gil Paterson, Mike MacKenzie, Dave Thompson, Jackie Baillie, Sandra White

Current Status: Fallen on 16/06/2015
16 and 17-year-olds to Vote on Carloway Buyout

That the Parliament welcomes the news that 16 and 17-year-olds will be given the right to vote on the possible community buy-out of the Carloway estate on Lewis; understands that the decision to lower the voting age was unanimously agreed at a public meeting held on 29 January 2014; believes that it is right for 16 and 17-year-olds to have a say in the future direction of their community, and hopes that 16 and 17-year-olds across all of Scotland will be able to vote in all future buyout ballots.

Supported by: John Wilson, Angus MacDonald, Bill Kidd, Chic Brodie, Jean Urquhart, Graeme Dey, Rob Gibson, Stuart McMillan, Kevin Stewart, Stewart Stevenson, Mike MacKenzie, Fiona McLeod, Linda Fabiani, Dennis Robertson, Maureen Watt, Nigel Don, Anne McTaggart, David Torrance, Colin Beattie, Gil Paterson, Mark McDonald, Sandra White

Current Status: Fallen on 09/05/2014
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