Examination of Witnesses (Questions 80
MONDAY 3 DECEMBER 2001
O'CONNOR CBE, MR
80. On that particular point, 200,000 plus is
a major visitor attraction, the Falkirk Wheel is one of them,
can you tell us what the other four are?
(Mr McGilp) I do not think they were identified specifically.
The presumption was it would be possible to deliver that number.
81. We have exhausted all our questions to you,
gentlemen. If there is anything you wish to add please do so now.
(Mr McGilp) Can I make one final comment, simply because
I feel it has not come out in the comments so far, part of Scottish
Enterprise's role is a higher level of aspiration for Scotland
to be a competitive place in the broadest sense, retaining population,
encouraging people to come and live here, including the quality
of place, I think this project makes a significant contribution
to those wider objectives, addressing areas of disparity and promoting
regeneration objectives and raising the game in Scotland generally.
(Mr O'Connor) Can I make one more point about the
Millennium Commission as we are coming to the end of our life.
I think the Millennium Commission because of the general purpose
and nature of its funding, it is not heritage, it is not arts,
it is not sports, has been able to incorporate a lot of innovative,
regeneration work across the country, from small village halls
to big developments like the Lowry in Salford, et cetera. Now
that the Millennium Commission is no longer here there does not
seem to be a lottery body which is going to invest in regeneration
and I think that is a bit of a gap in the Lottery. The Lottery
money can play a very creative role and now we do not have this
big general funder like the Millennium Commission I think you
will miss us when we have gone.
Chairman: I am sure we will. Thank you very
much indeed, gentlemen, for coming along today and being so helpful
to us. This will be enormously helpful when we come to complete
our report. Thank you very much again.