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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04298: Lewis Macdonald (North East Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 2 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what estimate it has made of the introduction of tariffs on raw construction materials following the Brexit vote, and what impact this would have on public infrastructure projects, including housing.

Answered by: Michael Russell 16 November 2016

The Scottish Government has not estimated the specific impact of the introduction of tariffs on raw construction materials following the Brexit vote. As the UK Government has not yet set out its approach to trade post Brexit, it is not possible to make any meaningful estimate. However, whilst there may be some import substitution, it is clear that any increase in tariffs on raw materials from the EU or the rest of the world will push up costs for public infrastructure projects, including housing.