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S5W-08287: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 21 March 2017

To ask the Scottish Government for what reason it has relocated its office in London to Scotland House on Victoria Embankment; how much the relocation will cost; what the annual running cost will be, and how this will compare with the cost of running the previous office at Dover House.

Answered by: Keith Brown 18 April 2017

The Scottish Government is committed to making Scotland a better place to work and do business by attracting investment, promoting the research and innovation capabilities of Scottish companies and universities and enhancing international collaboration. In her Programme for Government of 1 September 2015 the First Minister announced the establishment of Innovation and Investment Hubs to meet this commitment.

Dover House provided minimal limited office accommodation for Scottish Government use only at an annual cost of £130,000. Through the Smarter Workplaces Programme, the Scottish Government is delivering new ways of working across the Government estate to help the Government and public bodies to deliver better services through, for example, co-location and common use of facilities. Scotland House London brings together under one roof the Scottish Government and other partners; Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Development International, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Visit Scotland, and provides more flexible space and improved facilities which allows Scottish businesses and entrepreneurs to meet potential customers and investors, to showcase their goods and services and to host events. SG will pay an estimated £425,000 per annum towards the occupancy costs which are shared across the partners and there are no Scottish Government re-location costs.