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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-20865: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 9 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that recent film studio applications are located in close proximity to each other in the central belt.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 17 January 2019

The Scottish Government backs the expansion of the screen industry and welcomes the recent private and public sector proposals for studio infrastructure that should help increase the range of available facilities in Scotland and enable our screen sector to achieve its full potential.

The new dedicated screen unit within Creative Scotland, Screen Scotland, leads on the expansion and delivery of improved infrastructure provision for the screen sector. I have therefore asked Screen Scotland to contact you directly in response to your question.

Screen Scotland currently markets 136,000 sq ft of full-time converted stage space and 335,000 sq ft of build space and will continue to promote all existing studio facilities across Scotland to capitalise on the current unprecedented interest from UK and international producers in filming here.