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PFI and PPP Schools Oral Question, 24/06/15 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 24 June 2015 John Finnie (Ind) asked the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the educational impact of schools built under the private finance initiative and public-private partnership.

The Minister for Learning, Science and Scotland's Languages, Alasdair Allan, replied that the Scottish Government has made clear that the PPP/PFI approach used in the past has not delivered best value for the taxpayer in Scotland. As a result, since May 2007 no new PPP/PFI projects have been initiated by the Scottish Government. By the time we have finished repaying those contracts, the total estimated cost will be 13.9 billion.

We have tasked the Scottish Futures Trust with examining potential ways of reducing existing PPP/PFI contract payments, and it has undertaken a review of a number of operational PPP/PFI contracts across Scotland to identify where, with further focused work, significant savings could be achieved.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 24 June 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 24 June 2015