International Development

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 20th November 2008.

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Photo of Tom McCabe Tom McCabe Labour

Question S3W-17514

To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S3O-2233 by Linda Fabiani on 7 February 2008 ( Official Report c. 5994) whether it will reconsider the decision to remove £500,000 of funding for Expo 2010 in Shanghai, in light of Lord Steel’s comments reported in The Scotsman and The Herald newspapers on 4 November 2008 and the Scottish Executive’s stated desire to protect the economy from the worsening effects of recession.

Photo of Linda Fabiani Linda Fabiani Scottish National Party

It is the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s (FCO) role to represent Scotland at the Expo, along with the other countries of the UK, and to do so not only if the Scottish Government provides earmarked funds. Scotland already pays its share of the FCO’s budget and of the other UK-wide bodies at the UK pavilion and we expect that Scotland will be appropriately represented.

I discussed this point with Ian McCartney, UK Commissioner for the Expo when I met him in June when I offered to discuss with the FCO the possibility of funding from the Scottish Government for specific events to showcase Scotland.

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