The minister will be aware that the inspector's damning report slates Inverclyde Council for scrapping an £80 million school building programme, which would have got all local children out of their crumbling classrooms. I hear what the minister says about the council's responsibility, but how much longer will Inverclyde Council be allowed to prevent the Executive from fulfilling its partnership agreement promise to deliver the largest-ever school building programme in Scotland's history?
As Mr McNeil points out, the report was very critical and I have said that I expect the council to take it very seriously indeed. One of the issues raised by the inspector was the need to make it clear that action is required quickly. I understand that, yesterday, Inverclyde Council was making certain decisions on the
The minister will be aware that a new Liberal Democrat administration was elected in Inverclyde only last May. Does he recognise that that administration, with its substantial majority, has a mandate for change? Will he assure me that the Inverclyde administration's current and much-improved proposals will be considered on their merits by ministers? Does he agree that the constant whingeing on the topic by my good friend Duncan McNeil just highlights the unfortunate legacy of the previous administration in Inverclyde, which is no doubt why it is no longer in office there?
I am grateful for Mr Brown's question. The Executive will clearly consider any proposals that are made on their merits against our objective of making the biggest overhaul of our school estate that we can. Ultimately, it is for local people in Inverclyde to decide whether they think that the proposals are better or worse than the previous ones.