Date lodged: 17 August 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made regarding the delivery of the Ayrshire Growth Deal.
Answered by: Michael Matheson 19 September 2018
The Scottish Government is fully committed to the Ayrshire Growth Deal. Tripartite discussions commenced in April, shortly after the UK Government announced their commitment to the Deal.
Scottish Government officials convened a series of policy engagement workshops in June, bringing in UK Government representatives, which provided detailed feedback to the Ayrshire regional partners on their proposals.
Ayrshire partners are now undertaking a process of refinement and prioritisation of their project proposals and we continue to support them in doing this. We are keen to make progress towards agreeing a Heads of Terms as soon as possible, and I met with the three Council Leaders and Chief Executives at the end of August to discuss their ambitions and offer our continued support.