Date lodged: 26 January 2017
To ask the Scottish Government for what reason the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) was engaged in discussions with higher education institutions about how to spend £50 million on campus development projects after the SFC had been notified in the Financial Report to its board in February 2014 that the Scottish Government would claw back this money.
Answered by: John Swinney 3 February 2017
Dialogue between the Scottish Funding Council and the two institutions in question was held as part of the on-going dialogue between SFC and institutions about strategic priorities. This regular dialogue about investment ambitions and requirements does not constitute a commitment to invest. Ministers were not asked to make a decision about either investment.