asked the Secretary of State for Energy when venture managers will be appointed to the Offshore Supplies Office; how many and at what rank and remuneration, will be required; and what will be their relationship to the proposed Scottish Development Agency.
There are four venture managers already in post, three in London and one in Glasgow. A second post in Glsagow is currently being filled. One of the venture managers in post is a permanent civil servant at Senior Principal Scientific Officer level. The others are on individual two-year contracts at about Assistant Secretary level with salary based on technical qualifications and experience.The Offshore Supplies Office as a whole will work closely with the Scottish Development Agency when it is established to help Scottish industry to take full advantage of the opportunities arising from United Kingdom offshore activities.