Ian last night challenged the Business Secretary Vince Cable on the floor of the House of Commons to commit to bringing the Green Investment Bank to Edinburgh. As a Member of the Environment Select Committee, Ian championed Edinburgh’s outstanding credentials to host the bank and questioned why the government have no firm plans on the issue.
Ian said “Edinburgh, in my view, has the expertise, location and reputation to be the location for the Green Investment Bank. The highly skilled Edinburgh workforce in both the financial and new technologies sectors gives an unparalleled opportunity for the Green Investment Bank.”
“There is a real opportunity to show that the Green Investment Bank is different and fresh. Locating it in the City of London would, in my view, send out the wrong message. Edinburgh is thriving with new technology companies such as Pelarmis in Leith. This is coupled with the intellectual centre of the new green technology centre being located at our fine Universities.”
In response the Secretary of State, Vince Cable was uncommitted to the location and refused to divulge current thinking on the plans. Leaving Mr Murray frustrated as this decision would bring a welcome boost to the local economy in Edinburgh and create jobs.