Date lodged: 31 August 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with SSE regarding the possibility of fibre being laid as part of planned work to upgrade sub-sea cabling in Orkney.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 7 September 2016
I recognise and welcome Mr McArthur’s sustained interest in this issue. Scottish Government officials have had preliminary discussions with SSE on this subject, with further talks planned in the coming weeks. I have asked to be kept updated on progress, and I hope that a positive conclusion can be reached and that any such opportunities are taken forward where possible.