Written by Ross Douglas
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Topics: Parliament, Building

Wednesday, 28 April 2004

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The Scottish parliament today launched an enquiry to see why the enquiry on the spiralling cost of the Scottish parliament building has cost as much as it did.
The first minister for Scotland last night denied allegations that the reason for the enquiry into the enquiry was so that more of the taxpayers money could be spent on needless enquiries and not on much needed facilities like schools, hospitals and transport.
Having been asked by a reporter from The Spoof what action would be taken to prevent enquiries from spiralling out of control in the cost department he replied "If an enquiry is becoming a drain on the economy of this great country we would hold a full enquiry to see what can be done to halt the costs of that enquiry."
Our reporter then asked if it was true that the cost of the Scottish parliament "was known to be as high as 400 million pounds but knowing the Scottish people would not accept that high a figure the executive decided to tell the people of the country that it would cost one tenth the actual price so that building work could be started and then the costs slowly revealed once building had got underway" The first minister said in a rare moment of honesty "if that is the case then we shall have a full and very expensive enquiry on that issue and will blame someone like Donald Dewar who is deader than shit and cannot defend himself."

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