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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18014: Maurice Golden (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 3 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government (a) how many and (b) what proportion of its assets have end-of-life or adaptability plans.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 29 August 2018

The following information is held for the Scottish Government’s core property assets.

Zero assets have end-of-life or adaptability plans. Assets out with the core property estate are a matter for individual public bodies. This information is not held centrally.

The Scottish Government holds 72 core property assets on its estate. Of these, 17 are owned and 55 are held on lease or occupancy agreements. In addition three buildings have been identified as surplus to requirements.

Core property holdings should be kept to the minimum required to meet current and planned operational needs. Our owned buildings are current assets which are to be used for the foreseeable future and as such there are no-end-of life or adaptability plans available. Assets are subject to ongoing review and should a building be identified as surplus it would be processed under the guidance for disposal of surplus assets contained within the Scottish Public Finance Manual (SPFM).

For core property assets held on lease or occupancy agreements, landlords generally transfer responsibility for maintenance of the property during the leased period to the tenant. A legal agreement (lease) will require the Scottish Government to return the building in an agreed condition and repair. Under the SPFM officers have a duty to properly manage assets including determining any repairs or work that may be required at the end of the lease, known as dilapidations. The scope of works and timescale is determined by the legal agreement. The end of the lease agreement is not usually the end-of-life of the asset.