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Remploy debate 2

MSPs voted to pass the Labour amendment and the amended motion from the Scottish government after the second part of the Remploy debate on 29 November 2012.

An amendment from the Scottish Conservatives was defeated.

Murdo Fraser closed the debate for the Conservatives, saying it was the former Labour UK government minister Peter Hain who had closed 29 Remploy factories and cost more jobs then than now, accusing the Labour benches of "collective amnesia".

Mr Fraser welcomed aspects of Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing's speech, including the additional financial assistance for Remploy workers who had been made redundant.

He added the Remploy model had been losing money and that cash would be better employed supporting disabled people in different ways.

Richard Baker, speaking for Labour, said the minister had been quite right to say there had been a complete mishandling of the process by the UK government and by Remploy.

Mr Baker said this was particularly cruel as a number of factories had begun to make real progress and there had been a failure of management at Remploy.

In response to Mr Fraser, he said the previous Labour government had invested half a billion pounds in Remploy, compared to a complete withdrawal of funding by the coalition government.

In closing the debate Enterprise Minister Fergus Ewing said the Remploy workers he had met were, without exception, some of the most hard working, committed and determined individuals he had met in any office, in any factory through out the land.

The first part of the debate may be viewed below:

Remploy debate 1


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