asked the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will publish in the Official Report the original budget estimate and the estimated final cost of completion of the Jedburgh abbey excavation and visitors' centre; and when he expects it to be officially open to the public.
The original budget estimate for the Jedburgh abbey visitors' centre, the excavation and associated works was £537,000. The final cost is estimated at £582,000. I intend to open the visitors' centre officially on Monday 18 May. The abbey, with the improvements as they have been completed, has of course been open continuously to the public throughout.