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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-03736: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 12 October 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what public funds that it has responsibility for have supported development, manufacture or marketing in the arms trade in each of the last 10 years.

Answered by: Keith Brown 31 October 2016

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has supported a range of activities in businesses that may be targeting defence contracts as part

of their operating strategy. As well as direct financial support, various graduate placements, summer placements and specialist advice services have also been supported by HIE.  

Scottish Enterprise (SE) supports companies to address the defence market through the relevant deployment of all of its support mechanisms including financial support through grants and equity investment.  

The financial support provided by SE and HIE, to businesses operating in the defence market since 2006-7 is shown in the table below:   SE & HIE – Financial Support to the Defence Industry in the last 10 years

Year

SE Defence £

HIE Defence £

Total

2006-07

1,520,964

10,826

1,520,964

2007-08

1,253,030

116,880

1,369,910

2008-09

1,290,064

1,241

1,291,305

2009-10

1,494,426

19,881

1,514,307

2010-11

1,764,547

364,042

2,128,589

2011-12

773,456

69,875

843,331

2012-13

479,535

125,063

604,598

2013-14

3,164,587

593,574

3,758,161

2014-15

3,091,504

782,871

3,874,375

2015-16

276,379

869,119

1,145,498

Total

15,108,4922

2,942,546*

18,051,038

 

*The total figure for ‘HIE Corrected’ equals £2,942,546 whereas the correct amount should actually be £2,942,547 due to rounding (to the £).  The individual totals per financial year have not been affected by this issue.