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Liberton High School

– in the Scottish Parliament on 13th May 2015.

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Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party

2. To ask the Scottish Government, in light of the tragic event at Liberton High School in 2014, what additional support and resources have been and will be provided to the school. (S4O-04305)

Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government has been working closely with the City of Edinburgh Council. We are also committed to providing support of up to £1.6 million towards the cost of replacing the gymnasium where the tragic event took place.

Photo of Kenny MacAskill Kenny MacAskill Scottish National Party

I welcome that. All who are associated with the school are grateful for the assistance given. It has been a trying time, but great courage has been shown by all. Because of the private finance initiative and public-private partnership liabilities that were incurred by the previous Labour council, funds for development at the school through the council are limited, so any support—whether for infrastructure or for counselling—is welcome. I do not know whether any lessons have been learned regarding counselling, but perhaps the minister can confirm that the support given, both in cash and in kind, will continue.

Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

I cannot comment on the Health and Safety Executive’s response to the situation, because I have not received any indication of when it will be published, but I can confirm that the on-going support that there has been, in terms of both infrastructure and co-operation between the local authority and the Government, is essential for moving forward from this deeply tragic situation.

Photo of Elizabeth Smith Elizabeth Smith Conservative

Has there been any concern over the question of school buildings being included in an Education Scotland inspection report?

Photo of Alasdair Allan Alasdair Allan Scottish National Party

Those issues have been raised in the past. Nonetheless, the assessment of the condition of school buildings remains a matter for local authorities.