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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-06611: Liz Smith (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 26 January 2017

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason some of the additional £50 million funds allocated to the Scottish Funding Council in 2011 was not passed on to higher education institutions as originally intended.

Answered by: John Swinney 3 February 2017

The decision to recover the resources was taken on the basis of assurance from the Scottish Funding Council that the financial commitments made to universities and colleges had been met in full, and the resources that were available to institutions were the resources that had been confirmed to them by the SFC as part of successive budget settlements.