The major capital projects update from March 2019 of the Infrastructure Investment Plan 2015 appears to provide the most recent cost estimate of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route published by the Scottish Government, estimating the total cost at £745 million (https://www.gov.scot/publications/infrastructure-investment-plan-2015-major-capital-projects-update-march-2019/). In the meeting of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee on 5 December 2018 Stephen Tarr stated that the total cost of the project would exceed £1 billion (https://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/report.aspx?r=11829&mode=pdf). Could you please provide the following information:
1. Does the total cost of the project exceed £1 billion according to the most recent information that the Scottish Government holds?
2. How much has the total project cost according to the Scottish Government’s most recent estimate or according to the final outturn cost?