Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Labour unveils plan to create new bulletin for the oil and gas sector

Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey
Shadow business secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey

Labour has unveiled plans to establish a new oil and gas bulletin to replace a system controversially axed by the Scottish Government.

Shadow UK Energy Secretary Rebecca Long-Bailey said the proposed analytical bulletin would report to both the Holyrood and Westminster governments.

Speaking ahead of a visit to Aberdeen today, she said that the SNP government’s decision to abandon its own system “isn’t acceptable”.

The briefings were published in the run-up to the independence referendum in 2014, with the first using a “cautious” estimate of an oil price of $113 a barrel to argue Scotland could yield £48billion in tax revenues by 2018.

Further bulletins were published in November 2013 and May 2014 – with the next and last “topical analytical briefing” not appearing until 2015.

The Scottish Government has said the “requirement for any analytical bulletins is kept under review, and there is already a wealth of other published information on the industry”.

But Ms Long-Bailey said: “We think the health and issues facing the industry need to be regularly reported on, both to the Scottish Government and to Westminster, so that we are aware of the challenges that it faces.

“The SNP not reporting on it since 2015 isn’t acceptable, so in power we would report regularly so we could assess its health, and also what needs to happen.

“It will give us an opportunity as politicians to monitor what’s happening in the industry, but that won’t be the only aspect of support and collaborative monitoring that we would implement.”

The Salford and Eccles MP told the Press and Journal that a future Labour government would also move to establish an oil and gas council.

“One of the key parts of our industrial strategy, for example, is to set up sector councils, based on the automotive council, which we set up under a Labour government,” she said.

“It brings the industry together with the businesses in it, trade unions, academics and experts in the field to meet regularly to discuss what we need to do to drive the industry forward, and what areas of research and development we need to pursue, how we can diversify the industry, because there are a number of processes and technologies applicable to a number of different industries.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]

More from the Press and Journal UK politics team

More from the Press and Journal