MSP welcomes news that HIE is to retain its own board

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An islands MSP has welcomed the news that Highlands and Islands Enterprise is to retain its own board.
Na h-Eileanan an Iar MSP Alasdair Allan said he was pleased the concerns of his constituents had been taken on board.
The announcement was made in a ministerial statement to the Scottish Parliament by cabinet secretary for economy, jobs and fair work Keith Brown MSP.
Mr Allan commented: ‘I, and my Highlands and Islands SNP colleagues, have met Keith Brown several times on this subject and raised a number of concerns about this issue. I am pleased to see the cabinet secretary has taken on board those concerns and responded so positively.
‘There was never any doubt about HIE’s future as an organisation, or that it would continue to be locally-
based, managed and directed.
‘However, I did appreciate the worries people had about the board, and I hope the commitment given will allay those concerns.
‘HIE performs incredibly valuable work in the Western Isles in helping to create and sustain jobs and these new arrangements should protect and enhance the unique service it provides to us.’