Cities Strategy

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 19 June 2013.

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Photo of Jayne Baxter Jayne Baxter Labour

6. To ask the Scottish Government what progress has been made by its cities strategy. (S4O-02267)

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

Full details of progress so far are set out in the first annual report of the Scottish cities alliance. That report was brought to and discussed at the Scottish cities alliance leadership group in April and is now available to download from the alliance’s website for all members’ scrutiny.

Photo of Jayne Baxter Jayne Baxter Labour

The inclusion of Perth and Stirling in the agenda for cities was a welcome move for Mid Scotland and Fife, but how will the Scottish Government ensure that peripheral areas of city regions are not forgotten about, especially in Fife, for example, which usually benefits from coterminosity of public services yet is split between the strategic development plans for Dundee and Edinburgh?

Photo of Nicola Sturgeon Nicola Sturgeon Scottish National Party

Jayne Baxter raises an important point. I take the opportunity to reassure her and to stress the fact that the work of the cities alliance as well as the substance of the cities strategy recognise the importance not just of cities but of the wider regions within which they sit. I think that all cities are mindful of their obligations to include their wider regions in their plans for growth. That theme recurs in the discussions at the cities alliance and will continue to do so. I am a great believer that the success of our cities is important to the success of the country, but cities should not be seen in isolation. The member’s point is well made and I am happy to ensure that the issue continues to be a theme in the discussions at the cities alliance.

Photo of John Scott John Scott Conservative

Question 7, in the name of Helen Eadie, has not been lodged, and I have to say that a rather poor explanation has been provided.