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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-08145: Gillian Martin (Aberdeenshire East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 16 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the research by the Robert Gordon University Oil and Gas Institute that suggests that withdrawal from the single market and customs union ‘”will have a direct impact on the movement of people” in the oil and gas sector and will bring challenges for a sector that relies “heavily on access to international skills and capabilities”.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 29 March 2017

The Industry has highlighted that the impact of restrictiveness on freedom of movement might have on the UK’s ability to attract highly skilled oil and gas workers to the UKCS, and that this may potentially have the impact of discouraging foreign investment in the mid to long term. During what has been a challenging time for the industry, the recent Oil and Gas UK Business Outlook highlighted a positive news story for the industry in demonstrating the continued interest individuals have in a career within this important sector.

The North Sea still holds significant potential with up to 20 billion boe remaining available for potential extraction. However we have been clear that further action is still required from UK Ministers’ who hold the key fiscal levers relevant to the sector to encourage the vital investment that is needed to maximise the safe, efficient economic recovery of reserves.