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Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 25 June 2020 [Draft] : 25 June 2020 View PDF version
Fergus Ewing (Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Tourism)

Good morning, everyone. I think that it is safe to say that, of all the sectors of society and the segments of our industry, the tourism sector has been hit the h...

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 25 June 2020 [Draft] : 25 June 2020 View PDF version
Fergus Ewing

We have certainly raised with the UK Government the industry’s longstanding concerns about the impact of VAT and business rates. There has been no direct response...

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 25 June 2020 [Draft] : 25 June 2020 View PDF version
Fergus Ewing

The answer to your first question is as soon as possible; we need to get on with that. Benny Higgins was clear that at number 1, in pole position, are our young p...

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 25 June 2020 [Draft] : 25 June 2020 View PDF version
Fergus Ewing

Thank you for that question. The guidance was issued timeously on 18 June, which is the date that we said it would be issued on. It was produced after a huge amou...

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 25 June 2020 [Draft] : 25 June 2020 View PDF version
Fergus Ewing

That is a perfectly fair question. The pivotal fund has been designed to provide support in Scotland. I think it is unique to Scotland that the fund grants suppor...

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 25 June 2020 [Draft] : 25 June 2020 View PDF version
Fergus Ewing

I thank Mr Mundell for raising that very serious point. It is a good point that I am familiar with. If all B and Bs that are businesses, by which I mean that if t...

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 25 June 2020 [Draft] : 25 June 2020 View PDF version
Fergus Ewing

I will bring in Bettina Sizeland in a moment just to go over the detail, but suffice to say that I absolutely recognise that Gretna is associated with couples get...

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 25 June 2020 [Draft] : 25 June 2020 View PDF version
Fergus Ewing

I am pleased that Ms Wishart has raised that important question. After the restrictions are lifted, if a guest is in a self-catering property and considers that h...

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 25 June 2020 [Draft] : 25 June 2020 View PDF version
Fergus Ewing

That is important. Businesses on islands may need a little bit more help anyway, but especially because all the challenges that ...

Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs Committee 25 June 2020 [Draft] : 25 June 2020 View PDF version
Fergus Ewing

The functions that coaches fulfil are an essential part of the tourism sector for obvious reasons. I have engaged with the Confederation of Passenger Transport UK...

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