That this House notes with regret the decision by Vion Food UK to consult on the future ofHall’s of Broxburn meat factory in West Lothian, putting at risk 1,700 jobs; further notes that the company waited until the very last moment before engaging with its employees and their unions about the potential for closure; accepts that Hall’s of Broxburn,a well-known Scottish brand,has been a major employer and vital part of the local economy in West Lothian for many decades and that the loss of the plant would be a hammer blow for Broxburn and the communities of West Lothian; welcomes the establishment of a task force to try to secure the future of the plant and its workforce; but believes that, in light of last September’s announcement that 20 million was to be spent to create a new centre of excellence at the plant supported by nearly 2 million of public funds to create 250 new jobs and safeguard 1,000 others, which was welcomed as `fantastic news’ by the First Minister, there are numerous important questions to be answered about how this crisis point has now been reached; and calls on the Government to do all it can to help secure the future of the factory and workforce.

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