Colin Keir MSP for Edinburgh Western has welcomed the news today that the Edinburgh Tram Enquiry has been converted from a non-statutory to a statutory enquiry.
The Scottish Government has placed the enquiry on a statutory footing which will compel those involved in the Trams project to give evidence following a request from the enquiry chair Lord Hardie.
Mr Keir said: “This is great news that the Scottish Government has acted on the advice of Lord Hardie to convert the Edinburgh Tram Enquiry from a non-statutory to statutory status.
“It is shocking that there has been a lack of co-operation by some of those who were involved in the project, this is clearly unacceptable.
“As the cost has risen to frightening levels over the years, surely the residents of Edinburgh as well as taxpayers beyond the city boundaries are entitled to know why this project became a financial liability and embarrassment to the city”.