Ministers must listen to concerns of small business over deposit return scheme

21 Apr 2023

Liam McArthur MSP has today pressed the Scottish Government to listen to the concerns of small business over the proposed deposit return scheme.

Speaking in the chamber, Mr McArthur said:

“This is a remarkable statement. As an exercise in blame shifting it is ill advised and lacking in self awareness.

“Over the last two years I have spoken to many businesses, not one of which has mentioned the UK government, all of which have criticised the Scottish government approach.

“The minister says that she has sent out further changes today, she has insisted that this is a genuinely industry led scheme, therefore, can she confirm that she will be open to considering any changes that particularly small businesses believe are still required?”

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