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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-20191: MacDonald, Angus (Falkirk East)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 27 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government how it monitors the (a) work and (b) budget of the Scottish Mines Restoration Trust.

Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 13 December 2018

The Annual accounts of SMRT are prepared in line with the accounting guidelines of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) and are independently audited by accounting firm RSM.

All annual accounts of SMRT are provided to the Scottish Government and are also available for free public scrutiny and access at Companies House.

Work undertaken by the Scottish Mines Restoration Trust (SMRT) to restore open cast mining impacts on the Muirkirk and North Lowther Uplands Special Protection Area is overseen by a stakeholder group convened by the Scottish Government which currently meets twice a year and which receives regular progress reports from SMRT. Payments for works undertaken are made by the Scottish Government as drawdown under a grant agreement with SMRT on receipt of invoices.