Date lodged: 25 July 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to reports that the number of major construction projects in Scotland has dropped to the lowest level in five years.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 10 August 2018
The construction industry is a core sector of the Scottish economy and we are committed to delivering critical infrastructure projects that support it. We have made excellent progress on our infrastructure investment plan including the delivery of major road improvements to the M8, M73 and M74, the Queensferry Crossing which came in almost £250 million under budget, and the new Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. Further significant projects are also set to be completed later this year.
We are continuing to invest in infrastructure programmes including supporting the delivery of 50,000 affordable homes, the expansion of early learning and childcare, the continuation of Scotland’s Schools for the Future Building Programme, rolling out broadband access across the country and through funding City Region Deals.
Our project pipeline publication in April highlighted that infrastructure projects totalling £4.1 billion are estimated to be in construction across Scotland during the remainder of 2018 alone.