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– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 16th November 2001.

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Photo of Michael Russell Michael Russell Scottish National Party

Question S1W-19643

To ask the Scottish Executive whether the issue of site ownership was a factor in the decision to choose Galashiels over Irvine as a base for the relocated jobs in the Scottish Public Pensions Agency.

Photo of Angus MacKay Angus MacKay Labour

Relocation decisions are based on a range of issues including costs, quality and efficiency of service, economic factors such as unemployment, availability and suitability of property and staff, transport issues and the position of staff concerned and the individual requirements of each organisation. Further criteria to be taken into account will depend on the organisation itself and the nature of the work in question.

In relation to the proposal from North Ayrshire for the relocation of the Scottish Public Pensions Agency, one of the property factors did relate to timetable risks associated with site ownership. This was taken into account in the decision making process.

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