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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-00200: James Kelly (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 May 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports in The Sunday Post on 21 May 2016 suggesting that Glasgow Prestwick Airport spent (a) £600,000 on management consultants, (b) £90,000 on recruitment consultants and (c) £15,000 on a four-day team building exercise for executives, and what discussions it has had with the airport’s operators with regard to this matter.

Answered by: Keith Brown 8 June 2016

The Scottish Government has not had any discussions with Glasgow Prestwick Airport regarding use of consultancy support or other professional services. In compliance with European Union state aid rules, the airport is operated on a wholly commercial basis at arm’s length from the Scottish Government. Despite seeking to expand the city deal to include further investment, this was not agreed to by the UK Government.

It is for the senior management team at the airport to determine when it is appropriate to use external professional advice to ensure a positive future for the business.