The SNP has been accused of being “clearly embarrassed” by the collapse in North Sea oil revenues after it emerged it had failed to publish an analysis of the industry for 18 months.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon had promised to produce one of the Government’s “topical” bulletins “in due course” in June – but no such briefing has materialised.
The last analysis to appear was in June 2015.
The first briefing, published in March 2013, used a “cautious” estimate of an oil price of $113 a barrel to argue that Scotland could yield £48 billion in tax revenues by 2018.
Scottish Conservative energy spokesman, Aberdeenshire West MSP Alexander Burnett said: “The SNP is clearly embarrassed about its utterly misleading oil revenue forecasts, so much so that it can’t face publishing official figures. It’s an irresponsible way to operate government, and ministers should be facing up to this crisis.”
A spokesman for the Scottish Government dismissed the claims.
He said: “As the First Minister has already indicated, the Oil and Gas Analytical Bulletin will be published in due course.
“In addition, the Scottish Government publishes a number of other publications – including Oil and Gas Production Statistics and Energy in Scotland 2017 – which provide detailed statistics and analysis of the oil and gas industry and wider energy sector.”
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