Concern over government silence on HIE future
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.’