Question reference: S6W-11494
- Asked by: Donald Cameron, MSP for Highlands and Islands, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party
- Date lodged: 11 October 2022
Current status: Answered by Neil Gray on 25 October 2022
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide a breakdown of how much funding it has invested in the sustainable development of Scotland’s historic estate in (a) 2021-22 and (b) 2022-23, in line with the Scottish National Party 2021 manifesto commitment.
The Scottish Government delivers support for the Historic Environment through sponsorship of Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and we continue to invest and support the sustainable development of Scotland’s historic estate.
In 2021-2022 we provided HES with £75.9m of Grant in Aid funding which included £20m in Covid emergency funds. In 2022-23, we have provided £68.9m of Grant in Aid funding to support Historic Environment Scotland, maintaining our enhanced support given the impact of the pandemic on HES’s commercial income. This funding is still substantially more than the £42.8m funding provided to HES pre pandemic.
Sustainable development and protection of the historic environment is a vital area of work that HES delivers. More specific detail on the HES’s delivery of this work is available in their Annual Operating Plan 2022-23 | Historic Environment Scotland.