Date lodged: 31 October 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to support the Texas Instruments Taskforce that has been established by Inverclyde Council and whether the Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy will attend the meeting of the taskforce on 7 November 2016.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 23 November 2016
The Scottish Government is committed to working as a key partner in the Texas Instruments Taskforce. Close partnership working with all partners is essential to ensuring successful outcomes. Through our enterprise agency, Scottish Enterprise, we are working with the company at a local and corporate level to identify potential investment opportunities; to support development opportunities; and also developing a potential project with the company to reduce energy consumption. Through our skills agency, Skills Development Scotland, we will support individuals affected by the proposals to close the plant as part of the PACE response and to date 250 individuals have attended PACE events.
I attended the meeting of the Texas Instruments Taskforce on 5 September and was very struck by the positive tone of the meeting with everyone working together to secure the best possible future for the site and am aware of a number of interested parties that are exploring potential to acquire the site and Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Development International stand ready to support any investment in the plant. I was not able to attend the meeting on 7 November, due to a prior commitment, but was represented by senior officials.