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S5W-11258: Ross Greer (West Scotland)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 12 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-03736 by Keith Brown on 31 October 2016, whether it will provide the information for 2016-17, and what information it can provide regarding which companies received funding, how much they received and the purpose of the award.


Answered by: Keith Brown 20 September 2017

Neither Highlands and Islands Enterprise or Scottish Enterprise provide assistance directly to the arms trade.  As part of the broad range of support provided some firms in receipt of that support may be engaged in activities such as research and development/ components or products which may be applicable to defence related use. I am unable to provide details of the individual amounts or purposes of the awards received by companies due to commercial sensitivity.

Financial support provided by SE and HIE to businesses where the activities may be applicable to defence related use in 2016-17 is shown in the following table:

Year SE (£) HIE (£) Total (£)
2016-17 452,377 740,265 1,192,642 

* Figures amended 7 June 2018 and 4 September 2018.