Con­cern over govern­ment si­lence on HIE fu­ture

The Oban Times - - NEWS -

A HIGH­LANDS and Is­lands MSP is deeply con­cerned she has re­ceived ‘no an­swer’ from the Scot­tish Govern­ment on plans for the fu­ture of High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise.

Rhoda Grant tabled a Par­lia­men­tary Ques­tion on Oc­to­ber 31 ask­ing the Scot­tish Govern­ment when it plans to re-ad­ver­tise the post of chief ex­ec­u­tive of High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise (HIE), what the pe­riod of ap­point­ment will be and whether an HIE board will be con­sti­tuted.

The ques­tion was due for an­swer on Novem­ber 14 but Mrs Grant says the govern­ment has failed to give any clear in­di­ca­tion of what lies ahead.

She con­cluded: ‘This is­sue can­not sim­ply be swept un­der the car­pet in the hope it will go away.

‘It is far too important for our com­mu­ni­ties in the High­lands and is­lands and for the staff of HIE who de­serve to know what the plans are.

‘This shows a clear lack of strat­egy from this govern­ment, or an un­will­ing­ness to pub­lish that strat­egy. Ei­ther way it is not good enough and I will be hold­ing both Keith Brown and his SNP col­leagues to ac­count on this.’

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