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S5W-04742: Jeremy Balfour (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 17 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what discussions it (a) has had and (b) plans to have with (i) Heriot-Watt University and (ii) other third parties regarding (A) the creation of and (B) providing finance and support for a national film studio.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 1 December 2016

The Scottish Government has regular meetings, as a member of the Film Studio Delivery Group, to discuss how to support and finance enhanced film studio infrastructure for Scotland.

As representatives of the Film Studio Delivery Group, Scottish Enterprise are in discussion with potential investors Guardhouse Productions Ltd. regarding their interest to develop studio facilities in Scotland at Heriot-Watt University.

The Scottish Government has, to date, had no discussions with Heriot-Watt University regarding the creation of, or support for, enhanced film studio infrastructure in Scotland. The Scottish Government remains open to discussions regarding proposals.