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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-23537

BiFab

Submitted by: Alex Rowley, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Labour.
Date lodged: Monday, November 30, 2020

Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Motions as amended

That the Parliament believes that Scotland has the potential to lead Europe’s green energy revolution over the coming decades; further believes that, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and job losses, green jobs will be central to creating new employment and training opportunities across Scotland; considers that, with the support of the workforce and their trades unions, the maximum effort has to be made to secure wind farm contracts for Scottish manufacturing companies; notes that, in open competition, BiFab won a £30 million contract to build turbine jackets for the NnG North Sea wind farm, work that could have started in January 2021, but has been prevented from going ahead with this; condemns the Scottish Government’s decision to withdraw the financial guarantee that was needed to enable this work to go ahead, thus risking Scotland’s reputation as a new green investment hub, and further condemns the Scottish Government’s failure to produce any legal opinion to justify its claim that support for BiFab was against the law; calls on it to act now to secure the future of the Burntisland Methil and Arnish yards, and the jobs that depend on them; further calls on it to talk to the workforce’s representatives and to ask for the help of the UK Government through the joint working party to urgently negotiate with EDF and Saipem to find a solution that ensures that the NnG contract for eight wind turbine platforms is carried out in the yards, and, with Glasgow being the venue of the COP26 summit in December 2021, calls for a concrete plan to be published in January by the Scottish Government that ensures that future work on renewables comes to Scottish yards, and further calls on the Scottish Government to ensure that these policy commitments on renewables are part of a coherent industrial strategy for the post-COVID-19 era.


Vote

Result 61 for, 60 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote Vote Passed

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party  28 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 2 no vote Read more Read less

For
  • Adam Tomkins
  • Alexander Burnett
  • Alexander Stewart
  • Alison Harris
  • Annie Wells
  • Bill Bowman
  • Brian Whittle
  • Dean Lockhart
  • Donald Cameron
  • Edward Mountain
  • Finlay Carson
  • Graham Simpson
  • Jackson Carlaw
  • Jamie Greene
  • Jamie Halcro Johnston
  • Jeremy Balfour
  • John Scott
  • Liam Kerr
  • Liz Smith
  • Margaret Mitchell
  • Maurice Corry
  • Maurice Golden
  • Miles Briggs
  • Murdo Fraser
  • Oliver Mundell
  • Peter Chapman
  • Rachael Hamilton
  • Tom Mason
Against
-
Abstained
-
No vote
  • Gordon Lindhurst
  • Ruth Davidson

Scottish National Party  0 for, 60 against, 0 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less

For
-
Against
  • Aileen Campbell
  • Alasdair Allan
  • Alex Neil
  • Angela Constance
  • Angus MacDonald
  • Annabelle Ewing
  • Ash Denham
  • Ben Macpherson
  • Bill Kidd
  • Bob Doris
  • Bruce Crawford
  • Christina McKelvie
  • Christine Grahame
  • Clare Adamson
  • Clare Haughey
  • Colin Beattie
  • David Torrance
  • Emma Harper
  • Fergus Ewing
  • Fiona Hyslop
  • Fulton MacGregor
  • Gail Ross
  • George Adam
  • Gil Paterson
  • Gillian Martin
  • Gordon MacDonald
  • Graeme Dey
  • Humza Yousaf
  • Ivan McKee
  • James Dornan
  • Jamie Hepburn
  • Jeane Freeman
  • Jenny Gilruth
  • Joan McAlpine
  • Joe FitzPatrick
  • John Mason
  • John Swinney
  • Kate Forbes
  • Keith Brown
  • Kenneth Gibson
  • Kevin Stewart
  • Linda Fabiani
  • Mairi Gougeon
  • Maree Todd
  • Maureen Watt
  • Michael Matheson
  • Michael Russell
  • Paul Wheelhouse
  • Richard Lochhead
  • Richard Lyle
  • Rona Mackay
  • Roseanna Cunningham
  • Ruth Maguire
  • Sandra White
  • Shirley-Anne Somerville
  • Shona Robison
  • Stewart Stevenson
  • Stuart McMillan
  • Tom Arthur
  • Willie Coffey
Abstained
-
No vote
  • Nicola Sturgeon

Scottish Labour  22 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less

For
  • Alex Rowley
  • Anas Sarwar
  • Claire Baker
  • Claudia Beamish
  • Colin Smyth
  • Daniel Johnson
  • David Stewart
  • Elaine Smith
  • Iain Gray
  • Jackie Baillie
  • James Kelly
  • Johann Lamont
  • Lewis Macdonald
  • Mark Griffin
  • Mary Fee
  • Monica Lennon
  • Neil Bibby
  • Neil Findlay
  • Pauline McNeill
  • Rhoda Grant
  • Richard Leonard
  • Sarah Boyack
Against
-
Abstained
-
No vote
  • Jenny Marra

Scottish Green Party  5 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less

For
  • Andy Wightman
  • John Finnie
  • Mark Ruskell
  • Patrick Harvie
  • Ross Greer
Against
-
Abstained
-
No vote
  • Alison Johnstone

Scottish Liberal Democrats  5 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 0 no vote Read more Read less

For
  • Alex Cole-Hamilton
  • Beatrice Wishart
  • Liam McArthur
  • Mike Rumbles
  • Willie Rennie
Against
-
Abstained
-
No vote
-

Independent  1 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 2 no vote Read more Read less

For
  • Michelle Ballantyne
Against
-
Abstained
-
No vote
  • Derek Mackay
  • Mark McDonald

No Party Affiliation  0 for, 0 against, 0 abstained, 1 no vote Read more Read less

For
-
Against
-
Abstained
-
No vote
  • Ken Macintosh

Original motion text

That the Parliament believes that Scotland has the potential to lead Europe's green energy revolution over the coming decades; further believes that, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and job losses, green jobs will be central to creating new employment and training opportunities across Scotland; considers that, with the support of the workforce and their trades unions, the maximum effort has to be made to secure wind farm contracts for Scottish manufacturing companies; notes that, in open competition, BiFab won a £30 million contract to build turbine jackets for the NnG North Sea wind farm, work that could have started in January 2021, but has been prevented from going ahead with this; condemns the Scottish Government’s decision to withdraw the financial guarantee that was needed to enable this work to go ahead, thus risking Scotland’s reputation as a new green investment hub, and further condemns the Scottish Government’s failure to produce any legal opinion to justify its claim that support for BiFab was against the law; calls on it to act now to secure the future of the Burntisland Methil and Arnish yards, and the jobs that depend on them; further calls on it to talk to the workforce's representatives and to ask for the help of the UK Government through the joint working party to urgently negotiate with EDF and Saipem to find a solution that ensures that the NnG contract for eight wind turbine platforms is carried out in the yards, and, with Glasgow being the venue of the COP26 summit in December 2021, calls for a concrete plan to be published in January by the Scottish Government that ensures that future work on renewables comes to Scottish yards.


Accepted amendments

Motion ref. S5M-23537.1

BiFab - Amendment

Submitted by: Liz Smith, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date lodged: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Result 61 for, 2 against, 58 abstained, 8 no vote Vote Passed


Defeated amendments

Motion ref. S5M-23537.2

BiFab - Amendment

Submitted by: Fiona Hyslop, Linlithgow, Scottish National Party, Date lodged: Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Supported by: Jamie Hepburn, Ivan McKee
Current status: Taken in the chamber on Wednesday, December 2, 2020

Result 60 for, 61 against, 0 abstained, 8 no vote Vote Defeated