Date lodged: 31 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government who it has met from Rio Tinto in connection with the sale of some or all of the company’s Highland estate and assets, and whether it has offered the company (a) financial and (b) other support.
Answered by: Fergus Ewing 9 November 2016
The Scottish Government has met with a range of representatives of Rio Tinto, both from the Lochaber business (Rio Tinto Alcan) and from the parent company. In discussions with Rio Tinto the Government has signalled its willingness to explore options of assistance in the maintenance and creation of employment in Lochaber in the context of promoting sustainable economic growth.