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S5W-13117: Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 30 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how much the upcoming mission to India to promote Scottish higher education will cost, and who will pay for this.

Answered by: Fiona Hyslop 12 December 2017

Deputy First Minister John Swinney travelled to India for a series of engagements to promote trade and investment between Scotland and India in the areas of education, skills, energy and water. On his four-day trip to Mumbai and Delhi, the Deputy First Minister was accompanied by a delegation of over 20 senior leaders from Scotland’s higher education sector. He held a series of meetings with business and industry leaders, representatives from the Indian Government and viewed a number of projects that demonstrate the ways in which Scotland’s further and higher education institutions are collaborating with Indian institutions. More details on the Deputy First Minister’s visit can be found on the Scottish Government website at: https://beta.gov.scot/news/deputy-first-minister-visits-india/ and https://beta.gov.scot/news/scotland-and-india-collaborate-on-social-enterprise/.

The total costs of this visit are still being processed and finalised and the costs are being met by the Scottish Government’s administration budget. The higher education delegation are meeting their own costs. The Scottish Government proactively publishes the travel and subsistence costs for Ministers undertaking official international engagements on its website at:

http://www.gov.scot/About/People/14944/travel/visitsoverseas/visitsoverseas