All the latest news from Western Isles MSP Alasdair Allan and the Scottish Parliament.
“HUGE RELIEF” Says Allan, As Deal Reached to Save Arnish Jobs from Administration
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP Alasdair Allan has expressed the sense of relief in the Isle of Lewis, after a Scottish Government brokered deal was reached today (Saturday) to prevent BiFaB Ltd from going into administration.
The deal will see BiFab and its contractors reach an agreement to ensure that work continues at the Arnish yard as well as the company’s bases in Fife.
The news comes after days of intense talks held by the Scottish Government, and after a direct appeal to the companies concerned from the First Minister.
Allan Welcomes Final Court Ruling on Minimum Alcohol Pricing
Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MSP, Alasdair Allan, has welcomed today's ruling from the UK Supreme Court that minimum unit pricing for alcohol can now proceed. Dr Allan said he hoped the law would "help prevent some personal tragedies in the islands and across Scotland."
The measure was passed overwhelmingly by the Scottish Parliament in 2012, but implementation has been delayed due to successive court challenges from sections of the alcohol industry.
Prior to implementing the policy, Scottish Ministers will now conduct a consultation on the proposed 50 pence per unit price.