Thursday, 14 January 2010

Gibson raises abattoir issue with First minister

News release
immediate release

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has raised the issue of the closure of the Dornoch and Forres abattoirs at First Ministers Question Time.

Mr Gibson asked an emergency constituency question in Parliament following the announcement this week that both abattoirs were to close with the loss of 40 jobs…

Mr Gibson has already written to HIE Chairman Willie Roe regarding the situation and contacted the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochead.

Today he raised the issue with the First Minister asking if the Government could do all it can to try and save jobs at both sites.

The First Minister responded that the Government would and to that end the Cabinet Secretary would be meeting with Rob on the issue.

Speaking after Mr Gibson said….

"It is important to raise these matters at the highest level. I am heartened by the First Minister's response as he said the number of jobs under threat are proportional huge for the small towns concerned. It is important that HIE is working hard to apply the Government's wishes to find the best solution to this problem"

"Both sites are attractive propositions for people to invest in. If they are allowed to close then it would have a detrimental effect on the local economy. Local and organic meat processing could be enhanced in line with the widely acclaimed Scottish Food and Drink Policy."


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