An Aberdeenshire MP has said a public inquiry into offshore helicopter travel is “not necessary” amid union concerns over safety.
Conservative member for Gordon, Colin Clark, made the comments following trade union calls for a review of offshore travel amid concerns of commercial pressures affecting safety.
It follows a fatal Super Puma helicopter crash off the Norwegian coast in 2016, in which 13 people were killed, including Iain Stuart from Laurencekirk.
After meeting union representatives two weeks ago, Scottish transport minister Michael Matheson and energy minister Paul Wheelhouse have agreed to discuss the matter with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) respectively.
Ultimately, the responsibility for an inquiry lies with Westminster and the Scottish Government is reviewing whether to back the campaign.
However Mr Clark said his view reflects that of the UK government in that it is “not necessary” due to recent strides in safety offshore.