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Members' business: Clydesdale Bank debate

Labour MSP Drew Smith urged the Clydesale Bank management and National Australia Group to continue discussing the future of the bank with their own staff and union representatives, on 20 December 2012.

In his motion Mr Smith noted with disappointment the announcement by National Australia Group that over 200 people in Scotland would lose their jobs at Clydesdale Bank sites across Scotland, including in the Glasgow region.

Mr Smith regret that as part of the strategic review outcome for the Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks, four financial solution centres will close in Scotland, in Paisley, Bearsden, Dunfermline and Inverurie.

He believes that this will have a negative impact on staff and their families who are affected by the closure, and regrets the loss of developed skills at sites across Scotland.

Mr Smith said "it is a matter of great regret" that some staff are being made compulsory redundant.

He said "the figures I have from the bank itself indicate that 20 Scottish staff are to be forced out in this way".

Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance said every job loss is an enormous difficulty, but "it was much worse at Christmas".

Ms Constance said the first minister had met with representatives from Unite on 19 December 2012 to discuss the ongoing situation and had also written to the Clydesdale Bank to seek reassurances everything possible was being done to minimise compulsory redundancies and to prevent branch closures.

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