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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-15892: Colin Smyth (South Scotland)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 12 April 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what support it has (a) requested from and (b) been offered by the UK Government following the announcement by Young's Seafood of the proposed closure of Pinneys in Annan.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 4 May 2018

The potential closure of the Pinneys site in Annan could be devastating for the workforce, their families and the communities of Annan and beyond and the Scottish Government is focused on finding a solution to maintain production at the site and retain as many jobs as possible. It is possible that if, for example either Young's or other occupiers were to seek to export to international markets then we would potentially benefit from UK Government support in the form of export guarantees. We are working intensively with a range of organisations across the public sector, including Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Enterprise, to find solutions and we have agreed with the UK Government to work in full cooperation as we explore all possible options. I met the Secretary of State for Scotland on 3 May 2018 to further discuss how we can safeguard the future of the site and the employment of the workforce.