External Security Facility (Delivery)

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 6 June 2013.

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Photo of Alex Johnstone Alex Johnstone Conservative

2. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether the external security facility will be delivered on time and on budget. (S4O-02230)

Photo of Liam McArthur Liam McArthur Liberal Democrat

I can confirm that the project is on track to be delivered on time and within budget. The decision to proceed with the project was not taken lightly, and was based on the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body’s corporate and legal responsibilities to ensure the safety of more than 400,000 visitors annually and up to 1,000 daily pass-holders, who include staff, members of the Scottish Parliament, the media and contractors.

Photo of Alex Johnstone Alex Johnstone Conservative

I express my delight that, contrary to the establishment of the main part of the building, the new facility will be established on time and on budget. Will Liam McArthur confirm that the project will be completed and that the building will be back to its full and normal usage in time for the festival of politics in late August this year?

Photo of Liam McArthur Liam McArthur Liberal Democrat

I certainly understand that Alex Johnstone bears the scars of that early experience, but I hope that he draws some reassurance from the fact that the security facility is scheduled to become operational by August this year.

The project as a whole, including the closure of the existing entrance, is due to be finished by the end of the summer, but the building will be operational in time for the festival of politics.