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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09107: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 2 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what advice or instruction it has given to Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) regarding the nature conservation advice that SNH is providing to the Secretary of State for Transport regarding proposals for the ship-to-ship transfer of oil in the Cromarty Firth, and what the reason is for its position on this matter.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 18 May 2017

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is a public body and is responsible for determining how it fulfils its statutory functions. The Scottish Government did not instruct, or advise, SNH on how to respond to the Port of Cromarty Firth Oil Transfer Licence application. However, it is not uncommon for marine scientists from different organisations to discuss matters within their area of scientific expertise to help inform and confirm their understanding of a subject, as happened in relation to the Port of Cromarty Firth Oil Transfer Licence application.