Langside, Anniesland and Cardonald Colleges Merger

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 26 June 2013.

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Photo of James Kelly James Kelly Labour

14. To ask the Scottish Government what savings will be made as a result of the merger of Langside, Anniesland and Cardonald colleges. (S4O-02305)

Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

As Mr Kelly knows, I wrote to him last week to confirm that the colleges estimate that their merger will save some £21 million in the five years to 2016-17.

Photo of James Kelly James Kelly Labour

I thank the cabinet secretary for that response and for his response to the letter that I wrote almost two months ago. Will he commit to publishing a detailed breakdown of that £21 million? Further, will he confirm whether it includes proceeds of the asset sale of Woodburn house, which is a sub-campus of Langside College in Rutherglen, which is in the process of being sold off?

Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

All public finances are transparent and I am quite sure that, as the merger progresses, the college will publish its accounts and they will be made fully available. Of course, the member will be able to identify from them what proceeds, if any, have come from asset sales.