MSP wel­comes news HIE is to re­tain its own board

The Oban Times - - Districts -

AN IS­LANDS MSP has wel­comed the news that High­lands and Is­lands En­ter­prise is to re­tain its own board.

Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP Alas­dair Allan said he was pleased the con­cerns of his con­stituents had been taken on board.

The an­nounce­ment was made in a min­is­te­rial state­ment to the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment by cabi­net sec­re­tary for econ­omy, jobs and fair work Keith Brown MSP.

Mr Allan com­mented: ‘I, and my High­lands and Is­lands SNP col­leagues, have met Keith Brown sev­eral times on this sub­ject and raised a num­ber of con­cerns about this is­sue. I am pleased to see the cabi­net sec­re­tary has taken on board those con­cerns and re­sponded so pos­i­tively.

‘There was never any doubt about HIE’s fu­ture as an or­gan­i­sa­tion, or that it would con­tinue to be lo­cally­based, man­aged and di­rected.

‘How­ever, I did ap­pre­ci­ate the wor­ries peo­ple had about the board, and I hope the com­mit­ment given will al­lay those con­cerns.

‘HIE per­forms in­cred­i­bly valu­able work in the Western Isles in help­ing to cre­ate and sus­tain jobs and these new ar­range­ments should pro­tect and en­hance the unique ser­vice it pro­vides to us.’

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