The History of Leith

June 11, 2008

The creation of local museums such as the proposed Leith Museum.


Yvonne Georgeson
The Scottish Government
Edinburgh 11 June 2008

Dear Yvonne,


Petition by John Arthur calling for the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Executive to support the creation of local museums such as the proposed Leith Museum.

The Public Petitions Committee considered the above petition at its meeting on 10 June 2008 and agreed to write to the Scottish Government and National Museums Scotland asking them to work with the Leith Museum Group to develop a feasibility study and business plan for the proposed Leith museum.

The purpose of this letter is to seek a written response on the—

o specific issues raised in this petition
o written submissions received since the Committee last considered the petition
o specific issues raised during the discussion on the petition (the Official Report of the Committee’s meeting will be available on the Parliament’s website from 17 June 2008) and
o relevant action the Scottish Government is taking to address these (here the Committee is interested in specifics: what is the action, how is it relevant, why is it being taken and when).

Guidance on response
The following information may be helpful in preparing your response—

o please limit your written response to no more than 3 sides of A4
o the Committee would find it convenient if you were to identify in bullet form the action the Scottish Government has taken, or will be taking, that will specifically deal with, resolve etc the issues raised
o the written submission should be provided electronically in MS Word format (no confirmatory hard copy is required) to

The Committee will give further consideration to this petition and the written responses received at its meeting on 2 December 2008. Accordingly, the deadline for your response is 17 October 2008. The Committee would ask that this deadline is complied with to allow sufficient time for the petitioner to comment on your written response and for consideration of the petition to continue as timetabled. Should you be unable to meet the above deadline, please contact me as soon as possible.

Written submissions are published as a part of a public paper at the meeting at which they are considered. If you do not wish your response to be made public, please contact me to discuss (you may wish to refer to the Parliament’s policy on handling information received in response to calls for evidence).

On behalf of the Committee, can I thank you for your assistance and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours sincerely

Fergus D. Cochrane

Clerk to the Committee

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