Garden Lobby (Lighting)

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 3 March 2016.

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Photo of Dennis Robertson Dennis Robertson Scottish National Party

1. To ask the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body whether it will consider improving the lighting in the garden lobby exhibition space to increase visibility and allow better photo opportunities. (S4O-05625)

Photo of Linda Fabiani Linda Fabiani Scottish National Party

I understand the difficulty in relation to photo opportunities to which Dennis Robertson refers. Back in 2012, consideration was given to installing additional lighting in that space but, because of the technical challenges and the significant cost, we did not pursue that option. As an alternative, we use specialised lighting attached to the display boards, which illuminates the various exhibitions. That lighting is not designed to add light to the general area and the corporate body has no plans to install additional lighting there.

Photo of Dennis Robertson Dennis Robertson Scottish National Party

Given the significant cost and technical problems, I can fully understand that approach. Does the Parliament provide the additional lighting for the exhibition boards? Could any additional lighting be added? When organisations display their events and exhibitions here, they want to ensure that they can get out good-quality photographs on their social media.

Photo of Linda Fabiani Linda Fabiani Scottish National Party

I understand the issue, and we supply additional lighting for the boards and so on.

There are technical challenges associated with installing any permanent lighting and, as I said, the cost of doing so would be prohibitive. Parliament staff are always willing to look at how services can be enhanced and I would hope that, following the raising of the subject in the chamber, we can look again not at the installation of permanent lighting but at other options that could perhaps be used to give a better experience for those who use that space.