Co-investment in the UK Oil and Gas Sector debate ‘It is now time to provide hope for the future’

‘It is now time to provide hope for the future’

Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald says the north east economy and the oil and gas workforce has shown “tremendous resilience”.

“It is now time to provide hope for the future,” he says.

Labour MSP says there is more the governments can do

Oil and gas

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Mr Macdonald says he has called many times over the last years for the Scottish government and UK government to help the sector.

The Labour MSP says they have reacted to this but there is more they can do.

He calls on both government’s to work together following the Oil and Gas Authority model.

Labour MSP pays tribute to OPITO’s CEO David Doig

Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald

BBC

Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald

Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald pays tribute to OPITO’s CEO David Doig.

Mr Macdonald says Mr Doig worked tirelessly for the oil and gas industry to develop an apprenticeship scheme that will stand the text of time.

Background: Oil sector job losses were forecasted to reach 120,000 by end of 2016

The oil and gas downturn could lead to the loss of 120,000 jobs by the end of 2016.

The number of jobs lost as a result of the downturn in the UK oil and gas sector were forecasted to top 120,000 by the end 2016, according to a report.

Oil & Gas UK estimated 84,000 jobs linked to the industry went in 2015, with 40,000 losses expected this year.

It said the offshore industry supported 453,000 jobs at its 2014 peak – either directly, in its supply chain or in trades such as hotels and taxis.

The new figures suggest 330,000 jobs would be supported by the end of 2016.

Co-investment in the oil and gas sector

Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald will now lead this afternoon’s member’s debate on co-investment in the oil and gas sector.

Here is Mr Macdonald’s motion:

Motion

Scottish Parliament

That concludes first minister’s questions

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