To ask the Scottish Executive what plans it has to amend the list of fundable bodies referred to in schedule 2 of the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005.
As a result of college mergers I hope to be in a position in due course to approve the laying of an Order before the Parliament which will remove the following six fundable bodies from schedule 2 to the Further and Higher Education (Scotland) Act 2005: Glasgow College of Building and Printing; Glasgow College of Food Technology; Fife College of Further and Higher Education; Glenrothes College; Clackmannan College of Further Education, and Falkirk College of Further and Higher Education.
Oatridge Agricultural College has signalled its wish to have its name changed to Oatridge College to better reflect its range of provision. The Order should provide the necessary vehicle to facilitate this change.
Discussions have started between the Scottish Executive, the Scottish Agricultural College and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) over a possible transfer of funding from the Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department to the SFC. If Scottish ministers decide that such a transfer should take place then an amendment to schedule 2 would be made by a further Order.