Talks are still going on between the Scottish and UK Governments over venues for the postponed. COP 26 in Glasgow.

The summit with dozens of world leaders was due to take place in November but has been put back until next year due to the global pandemic.

The Sec will host the main event which will be taken over by the United Nations and an international event zone put in place around the campus.

A row had broken out previously over the use of the Science Centre which the Scottish Government had hoped to use to promote Scotland during the summit.

However, the UK Government who is the official host country planned to use that itself.

She was asked by Glasgow Kelvin SNP MSP, Sandra White if there had been any further talks on financial support to secure a successful summit and on a venue for the Scottish Government to host events during the conference.

Roseanna Cunningham, Environment Secretary said: “We’ve offered the UK Government the science Centre on the provision we secure an alternative venue.

Ms Cunningham revealed that the minister responsible Alok Sharma declined a meeting earlier this year when he was in Scotland.

She added: I spoke to Alok Sharma regarding the decision to postpone the COP 26 in April but he declined to meet when he visited Scotland.

“Officials are in regular contact with UK counterparts covering policy, security and transport planning.”

She repeated the expectation that the costs of the event will be met by the UK Government.

Ms Cunningham said: “It is already my clear expectation that all costs will be borne by the UK Government. The core costs of emergency services for fire police and ambulance.”

The event is planned for between November 1-12 2021.