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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-17773: Kenneth Gibson (Cunninghame North)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 19 July 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it has had with the UK Government regarding how the AI Sector Deal will benefit Scotland.

Answered by: Kate Forbes 31 July 2018

The Scottish Government was only consulted by the UK Government on the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Sector Deal shortly before it was published and a number of relatively small changes were made as a result to reflect Scotland's strengths in AI and data. We continue to press the UK Government for earlier and more meaningful engagement in all sector deals.

Officials and stakeholders met with officials from the recently established UK Office of AI on 5 July 2018 to ensure that Scotland's research and industry strengths in AI were fully recognised and to press the case for greater involvement in the delivery of the Sector Deal and the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenge on AI and Data.