Mr Gibson was speaking following a competition launched by the Presiding Officer to find an official tartan for the Scottish Parliament. The competition is open to textile students studying at further education colleges throughout Scotland.
Mr Gibson said…
"It is a great opportunity for students in Scotland to contribute to the development of the national parliament. It is a prestigious prize which will be exhibited around the world which is really quite exciting."
He added that it was important that tartan is made in Scotland…
"There is a problem that whilst much of tartan designs come from Scotland the same cannot be said for the garments. A condition of the competition should be it is woven by Scottish mills in Scotland."