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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-06254: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 18 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the Office for National Statistics' (ONS) assessment of ESA10 infrastructure projects, and further to the comment by the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy on 18 June 2015 (Official Report, c. 53) that "my officials have engaged substantively with the ONS in the process that is being undertaken”, how many of its officials took part in these and subsequent discussions in each year since 2013; how many documents were produced for the discussions by (a) it, also broken down by how many of these it commissioned from outside bodies and (b) ONS, and whether it will publish these.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 1 February 2017

The Scottish Government engages routinely with the Office of National Statistics (ONS) on a large number of issues of shared interest, supported by officials from across government. Over the period from 2013, engagement with the ONS on issues related to ESA10 and the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project has predominantly been led by the Scottish Futures Trust and Scottish Government Finance Directorates and involved a range of different officials over time.

As the main focus of engagement has been the classification of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, discussion has centred on the contract documentation for the project and supporting information, elements of which are considered commercial in confidence.