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Commonwealth Games 2014 debate 1

Sport and Commonwealth Games Minister Shona Robison announced the security budget for the 2014 Commonwealth Games has more than tripled to £90 million, during the first part of the debate on 18 December 2012.

Ms Robison also told MSPs the new chief constable of the Police Service of Scotland, Stephen House, would take over "primary responsibility for the delivery of the overall security for the games".

The minister said: "In light of the lessons learned from London and the work that the police and the organising committee have carried out subsequently, the chief constable has advised that an enhanced budget is required to meet the costs of delivering a safe and secure games.

"I am therefore announcing today that the Scottish Government is taking responsibility for a new Games security budget of £90 million".

She went on to say: "The existing £27m security budget and £25m of existing contingency funding will be transferred across to the Scottish government.

"It would not be prudent to draw entirely from contingency funding to meet the security budget shortfall in case of unforeseen pressures which may emerge in the next 18 months."

"Therefore, I am committing £37.7 million of new funding from the Scottish Government in 2014/15 to fund in full the budget agreed by the chief constable."

The minister also confirmed a number of companies rather than just one supplier would be used to reduce the risk of one firm failing to deliver as happened before the London Olympics.

Scottish Labour's Commonwealth Games spokesperson Patricia Ferguson said the announcements were "significant" and welcomed the frankness from Ms Robison which she described as helpful.

Ms Ferguson said she was "pleased the Scottish government and its partners are facing up to their responsibilities."

Nanette Milne, speaking for the Scottish Conservatives on the forthcoming games, said: "I'm pleased that the motion notes the relevant lessons from this year's Olympic and Paralympic Games will be incorporated."

The second part of the debate can be viewed below:

Commonwealth Games 2014 debate 2


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