Alan Reid says, "The SNP decision to abolish the governing board of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is the end for special economic development in the Highlands and Islands. HIE will now become simply a branch office of the Scottish government. There will be no board to provide a unique Highlands and Islands focus - instead there will be top down centralised control from Edinburgh."
"For the past 50 years, starting with the Highlands & Islands Development Board, there has been a board with local knowledge to drive economic development in the Highlands & Islands. This latest SNP centralisation is bad news for the Highlands & Islands."