Energy Minister Richard Harrington has reiterated the Conservative government’s pledge to support onshore wind farm developments on the Scottish islands.

During a debate in Westminster Hall, which was triggered by Alistair Carmichael, the Liberal Democrat MP for Orkney and Shetland, the new energy minister highlighted the benefits of island wind.

“Beyond direct income we have to acknowledge the other benefits that these projects could bring,” he said.

“Jobs, for example, not just through the construction, but through the lifetime of these projects.”

Campaigners warn Scotland’s Climate Change Bill doesn’t go far enough

The debate came as the Stop Climate Chaos Scotland (SCCS) coalition warned that Scotland’s proposed Climate Change Bill falls short of meeting the objectives set by the Paris Agreement.

SCCS wants the new Bill to set a target of zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 at the latest, and a reduction of 77% by 2030.

It also wants to phase out the sale of new fossil fuel cars by 2030.

> See SCCS's statement