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I noted with interest reports of Secretary of State for Scotland Michael Moore’s meeting with Alex Salmond on Thursday. I certainly hope the plight of the Scottish construction sector was high up the agenda.

I was scheduled to meet Mr Moore that afternoon, but was bumped in favour of our First Minister-in- waiting. C’est la vie.

I have been attempting to meet the Secretary of State since last June, when Danny Alexander briefly held that post. The meeting has been postponed on at least four separate occasions.

I do hope that Alex Salmond’s meeting was productive and that he took the opportunity to press Michael Moore on the Scottish Building Federation’s long-standing call for the UK Treasury to reduce VAT on home repairs and improvements to five per cent – something the SNP supported in its election manifesto.

In the meantime I will continue to pursue my challenge to meet our Secretary of State in the flesh.

Michael Levack

(chief executive)

Scottish Building Federation

Holyrood

Edinburgh