Kenny MacAskill calls for more control over Scotland’s ports
New public bodies should be set up to oversee and regulate Scotland’s ports, according to East Lothian MP and former Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill
Kenny MacAskill questions how Scottish interests can be looked after by a Canadian pension fund. Picture: Peter Devlin.
He made the call after raising questions about the ownership and interests of Forth Ports, which operates the Port of Leith and six other Scottish ports.
Forth Ports’ main shareholder is Canada’s Public Sector Pension Investment Board:
“How can the interests of Scotland’s economy or the coastal communities on the Forth be best looked after by the trustees of a Canadian pension fund?”
asked Mr MacAskill.
And he pointed out that, as well as its Scottish ports, Forth Ports owned Tilbury docks in London, which he said carries more traffic than all its Scottish ports combined.
“How can there be an incentive to improve Scottish freight or ferry links, when your largest and most profitable port is on the Thames?”
Similarly, he said, Clydeport was owned by Peel Ports plc, part of Peel Properties based in Manchester, and their busiest port was Liverpool.
Mr MacAskill, who is deputy leader of Alba, said:
“The Scottish Government should be addressing the ownership and operation of our principal ports . . . . .
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