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Motion ref. S5M-23537

BiFab

Submitted by: Alex Rowley, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Monday, November 30, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Motions as amended

That the Parliament believes that Scotland has the potential to lead Europe’s green energy revolution over the coming decades; further believes that, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and job losses, green jobs will be central to creating new employment and training opportunities across Scotland; considers that, with the support of the workforce and their trades unions, the maximum effort has to be made to secure wind farm contracts for Scottish manufacturing companies; notes that, in open competition, BiFab won a £30 million contract to build turbine jackets for the NnG North Sea wind farm, work that could have started in January 2021, but has been prevented from going ahead with this; condemns the Scottish Government’s decision to withdraw the financial guarantee that was needed to enable this work to go ahead, thus risking Scotland’s reputation as a new green investment hub, and further condemns the Scottish Government’s failure to produce any legal opinion to justify its claim that support for BiFab was against the law; calls on it to act now to secure the future of the Burntisland Methil and Arnish yards, and the jobs that depend on them; further calls on it to talk to the workforce’s representatives and to ask for the help of the UK Government through the joint working party to urgently negotiate with EDF and Saipem to find a solution that ensures that the NnG contract for eight wind turbine platforms is carried out in the yards, and, with Glasgow being the venue of the COP26 summit in December 2021, calls for a concrete plan to be published in January by the Scottish Government that ensures that future work on renewables comes to Scottish yards, and further calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that these policy commitments on renewables are part of a coherent industrial strategy for the post-COVID-19 era.


Vote

Result 61 for, 60 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote Vote Passed

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party  28 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 2 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Labour  22 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish National Party  0 for, 60 against, 0 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Green Party  5 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less

Scottish Liberal Democrats  5 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 0 no vote Read more Read less

Independent  1 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 2 no vote Read more Read less

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No Party Affiliation  0 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less

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Original motion text

That the Parliament believes that Scotland has the potential to lead Europe's green energy revolution over the coming decades; further believes that, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and job losses, green jobs will be central to creating new employment and training opportunities across Scotland; considers that, with the support of the workforce and their trades unions, the maximum effort has to be made to secure wind farm contracts for Scottish manufacturing companies; notes that, in open competition, BiFab won a £30 million contract to build turbine jackets for the NnG North Sea wind farm, work that could have started in January 2021, but has been prevented from going ahead with this; condemns the Scottish Government’s decision to withdraw the financial guarantee that was needed to enable this work to go ahead, thus risking Scotland’s reputation as a new green investment hub, and further condemns the Scottish Government’s failure to produce any legal opinion to justify its claim that support for BiFab was against the law; calls on it to act now to secure the future of the Burntisland Methil and Arnish yards, and the jobs that depend on them; further calls on it to talk to the workforce's representatives and to ask for the help of the UK Government through the joint working party to urgently negotiate with EDF and Saipem to find a solution that ensures that the NnG contract for eight wind turbine platforms is carried out in the yards, and, with Glasgow being the venue of the COP26 summit in December 2021, calls for a concrete plan to be published in January by the Scottish Government that ensures that future work on renewables comes to Scottish yards.


Accepted amendments

Motion ref. S5M-23537.1

BiFab - Amendment

Submitted by: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Result 61 for, 2 against, 58 abstained, 8 no vote Vote Passed


Defeated amendments

Motion ref. S5M-23537.2

BiFab - Amendment

Submitted by: Fiona Hyslop, Linlithgow, Scottish National Party, Date lodged: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Ivan McKee
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Result 60 for, 61 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote Vote Defeated


Amendments that have not been voted on

Motion ref. S5M-23537.3

BiFab - Amendment

Submitted by: Mark Ruskell, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Green Party, Date lodged: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, December 2, 2020