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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02638: Kenneth Gibson (Cunninghame North)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 13 September 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Isle of Arran not being covered by the Met Office mountain weather forecast, what discussions it has had with sportscotland regarding how the withdrawal of funding for the Mountain Weather Information Service could impact on the safety of climbers on the island.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 27 September 2016

The future service will be informed by both users and providers such as MWIS to ensure any future service will be enhanced.

The Scottish Government's priority is to ensure the long-term provision of critical mountain weather forecasting and that is precisely what will be delivered. I can confirm that this includes funding to Mountain Weather Information Service (MWIS) for the next three years to allow the continuation of this trusted and valued service.