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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-06051: Gordon Lindhurst (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of reports that £65 million will be required over the next 10 years to keep Historic Environment Scotland's properties in a satisfactory condition, whether it plans to make further funding available to the agency in addition to the £6.6 million recently announced and, if so, how much.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 23 January 2017

Our built heritage infrastructure is a key asset which contributes strongly to the Scottish economy and must be maintained. For the first time ever, we now have a thorough assessment of the condition of Scottish Ministers’ estate of properties in care. The report and further work on prioritisation will provide a basis for investment decisions over the next decade and determine how we will manage over 300 of Scotland’s most cherished places and associated collections for future generations.

Decisions on the future funding for conservation and maintenance of the Properties in Care will be taken in the broad context of the Scottish Government’s spending priorities as part of the process for future Spending Reviews. Historic Environment Scotland (HES) will receive approximately £45 million in Scottish Government Grant-in-Aid in the 2017-18 draft budget, and will generate a further £45 million commercial income.