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S5W-05655: Ross Thomson (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 15 December 2016

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the letter by the Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work to the Convener of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee of 9 December 2016, for what reason Transport Scotland did not make public that the contractor advised it on 9 November 2016 that there would be delays to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project and, in light of this information being known by the agency at that time, for what reason it did not inform the Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee about this when giving evidence on 24 November 2016, and what its position is on whether this constitutes information being knowingly withheld from members.

Answered by: Keith Brown 20 December 2016

The Public Audit and Post-legislative Scrutiny Committee asked about the overall costs and timeline and officials confirmed that “we are where we expected to be on costs, and winter 2017 is still achievable for the overall programme”. Given that Transport Scotland was still in the process of challenging and verifying the contractors information, it would have been inappropriate to provide information until the facts had been fully established.

I have been fully transparent on this matter and informed the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee of the rescheduled plans for the opening of the Balmedie to Tipperty section by letter on 9 December 2016.