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Education and Skills Committee 28 June 2017 : 28 June 2017 View PDF version
The Minister for Local Government and Housing (Kevin Stewart)

I will make a very brief statement, convener. I want to start by thanking the Education and Skills Committee for the invitation to appear today, and I very much welcome its inquiry into this...

Education and Skills Committee 28 June 2017 : 28 June 2017 View PDF version
Kevin Stewart

In the case of the Edinburgh schools, the quality assurance was not what it should have been.

Education and Skills Committee 28 June 2017 : 28 June 2017 View PDF version
Kevin Stewart

From the read-out of that meeting, which I have looked at closely, it is fair to say that authorities that had clerks of works in all projects seem to have had ve...

Education and Skills Committee 28 June 2017 : 28 June 2017 View PDF version
Kevin Stewart

Yes. A number of councils said that they had a clerk of works on the job, irrespective of the type of finance that was used.

Education and Skills Committee 28 June 2017 : 28 June 2017 View PDF version
Kevin Stewart

You are right to say that Professor Cole said in his report that the issue was not all down to the financial model that was used. As many other members could, I c...

Education and Skills Committee 28 June 2017 : 28 June 2017 View PDF version
Kevin Stewart

I will go back to what Professor Cole said in the report, because that puts the matter into context. He said:

Education and Skills Committee 28 June 2017 : 28 June 2017 View PDF version
Kevin Stewart

As I said at the beginning, I will look at it all in depth. If the matter requires legislative or regulatory change, we will do that. I also said that I will look...

Education and Skills Committee 28 June 2017 : 28 June 2017 View PDF version
Kevin Stewart

It is often difficult to see what the changes are at various points. For one thing, there were construction changes. Mr Reekie and others might correct me, but I ...

Education and Skills Committee 28 June 2017 : 28 June 2017 View PDF version
Kevin Stewart

I will bring in Mr Dodds in a minute, if you do not mind, convener. On certification, the key thing in all this is that it is up to those who are doing the constr...

Education and Skills Committee 28 June 2017 : 28 June 2017 View PDF version
Kevin Stewart

Building standards have a major role to play in this. As I said, we will look at whether any change is required in that respect.

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