Date lodged: 17 May 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding the implementation of the UK industrial strategy.
Answered by: Keith Brown 24 May 2017
I met the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, on 11 April 2017 to discuss how best we could work with the UK Government to ensure that the planned UK Industrial Strategy and associated funding delivers maximum benefit for Scotland. The Industrial Strategy was also discussed at a meeting that I and Lord Dunlop, Minister of State for Scotland held with the STUC and Scotland's business representative organisations on 20 April 2017. Scottish Government officials have also been liaising with their counterparts in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy regarding the consultation paper on the UK Industrial Strategy.
Many of the areas set out in the Industrial Strategy consultation paper, such as skills, business support and trade and investment support, are devolved to the Scottish Government and it is important that this is considered in how the Industrial Strategy is taken forward. We will continue to work closely with the UK Government to achieve this.