Sutherland Spaceport must boost local jobs
Jamie Stone has today called for the maximum number of jobs arising from the Sutherland spaceport site to be located locally in the Far North. The project will see the UK’s first spaceport built in the Highlands and will support around 400 jobs.
Speaking at Prime Minister’s Questions Mr Stone said:
“As the Dounreay nuclear site in my constituency continues to decommission, the issue of high quality replacement jobs is highly important.
“Mr Speaker I welcome the Government’s decision to place the UK’s first vertical space launch site in the north of my constituency. I give credit where it is due.
“Will the Prime Minister to ensure that the maximum number of jobs arising from this site will be located locally in North Sutherland and Caithness and not much further south.”
Responding the Prime Minister said:
“This is an exciting opportunity for the United Kingdom to take a leading role in the new commercial space age and he has referenced the new space port and the ambitions we have there. Following a positive report by the local crofter’s association, Highlands and Island Enterprise is moving ahead with their plans which could create 40 skilled jobs locally in spaceport construction and operation.
I recognise the importance of the skilled jobs that he is talking about locally. I think this is a real opportunity for his constituency but also for the UK to be at the leading edge of this technology.”
Commenting after the exchange Mr Stone said:
“The Prime Minister’s response was slightly mixed. She gave her full support to the launch site being established in north Sutherland, she did give support to some jobs being local - but, perhaps inadvertently, she did not give the cast iron guarantee I seek that the maximum number of jobs will be located locally in Caithness and Sutherland.
“I shall continue to raise this vital issue with the highest levels of government.”