Q - What were the reasons for including the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh as a venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and what are the costs of the work required to the pool to ensure it will be ready for the Games?
A - The estimated cost of the two-year refurbishment of the Royal Commonwealth Pool is £37.5 million and is being funded by City of Edinburgh Council, with a £5 million contribution from the Scottish Government via sportscotland.
When Scotland submitted its bid document for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, it was necessary for the Scottish Government to give a guarantee that the diving competition facility would comply with the regulations set out by the Commonwealth Games Federation. The Pool is listed in the bid document and is the only venue in Scotland which complies with international diving standards.
Q - How many tickets have been purchased by the Scottish Government for the London 2012 Olympics?
A- The Scottish Government has not purchased tickets for any of the London 2012 Olympic events.
Q - How many Glasgow 2014 Strategic Group meetings have been held since 2008 and where would I find copies of these minutes of the meetings?
A - Minutes of the Glasgow 2014 Strategic Group , which includes location and attendees are published.
Q - How much was spent on the bid for the 2014 Commonwealth Games?
A- On 29 February 2008 an operational review of the bid for Glasgow to host the Commonwealth Games in 2014 was published. The review contained a financial statement illustrating the cost of the bidding process which led to Glasgow's success at the General Assembly of the Commonwealth Games Federation on 9 November 2007. The total expenditure on the bid was £6.21m. A number of organisations contributed to this funding as shown in the table below.
Glasgow City Council
Q - How much has the Scottish Government spent on building facilities, for the 2014 Games?
A - Responsibility for the provision of venues and facilities for the Games rests with Glasgow City Council and the Organising Committee, Glasgow 2014 Ltd, which was set up to stage the Games. The Scottish Government provides 80% of the public funding that is being made available to the Organising Committee to deliver the Games. The balance of the Games Budget is provided by Glasgow City Council or raised by the commercial activities of the Organising Committee.
Q - What will happen to the housing being built for the Athletes Village after the Commonwealth Games?
A- The site will incorporate 300 social rented units, around 1600 private homes (including 100 mid-market units) and a 120 bed Social Work care home for the elderly. After the Games, the 300 affordable rented homes will be owned and managed by up to three local Housing Associations. The allocation of the homes will be made by the Housing Associations on the basis of their own allocation policies. By law, these policies must be based on housing needs.
Q - How much Scottish Government money has been spent on consultants, staffing costs for the OC and PR since 2008?
A- The Organising Committee is the company responsible for delivering the Games. Its annual financial statements are submitted to Companies House from where they can be obtained by the public. In addition, the Organising Committee places its Annual Business Plan on its website.
This document sets out forecast expenditure against the Games Budget for the entire period up to and beyond the Games in 2014. Full information on the details of Organising Committee expenditure will therefore be available to the public through these sources.
Q - Will the Scottish Government make public the details of the discussions between the Organising Committee and the BBC in relation to the rights and host broadcasting opportunities for the 2014 Commonwealth Games?
A - No. The Organising Committee is responsible for negotiating and securing broadcasting rights. The Scottish Government was pleased to learn of the recent appointment of the BBC for UK domestic broadcasting, and the income from the sale of these rights is a welcome contribution to the Games Budget alongside the funds provided by the Scottish Government and its funding partners.
Q - Were Ministers informed of nature of the circumstances relating to the resignation of John Scott ?
A - Information about John Scott's resignation was conveyed to the Organising Committee Board members by an Extraordinary Board meeting held via conference call on 27 June 2011. After this Extraordinary Board meeting, the Organising Committee issued a press release announcing John Scott's resignation.