Question ref. S6W-10333
Asked by: Maurice Golden, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
Date lodged: 16 August 2022
To ask the Scottish Government what strategic plan it has for Scotland’s wool industry.
Current status: Answered by Mairi Gougeon on 13 September 2022
Scotland’s wool industry is covered by the British Wool Board which is a Public Non-Financial Corporation who have regional offices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, it is a cross-border public authority with ministers in all 4 administrations having limited sponsorship functions. British Wool is a farmers’ co-operative who presently represent the interests of around 40,000 producer members, they collect, grade and sell wool on behalf of registered producers aiming to maximise income for producers from the sale of wool.
In addition its established shearers training programme is successfully tackling skills shortages in the UK and reducing reliance on shearers from abroad.
A review of the British Wool Board is presently being undertaken.