Date lodged: 15 February 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to recent figures, which reportedly highlight that 42 health and safety "near misses" have taken place in Edinburgh schools and other council buildings since 2014, and what help it can provide The City of Edinburgh Council to improve building maintenance to avoid such incidents.
Answered by: John Swinney 28 February 2018
The health and safety of all Scotland's people is of paramount importance to us. However, health and safety legislation is not devolved to Scottish Government. The Health and Safety Executive has UK wide responsibility for enforcement of the related legislation and regulations.
The Education (Scotland) Act 1980 places a statutory responsibility on all local authorities to manage and maintain the school estate and provide a safe school environment for all school users. However, through the Scottish Government’s school building programme – Scotland’s Schools for the Future – the City of Edinburgh Council has been awarded over £62m towards the construction of