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UK government 'committed to considering Inverness deal'

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Image caption Inverness, along with Aberdeen, is the subject of an application for millions of pounds of investment

The UK government remains committed to considering a major funding package for projects in Inverness, Prime Minister David Cameron has said.

Inverness, along with Aberdeen, is the subject of an application for a City Deal. It could potentially be worth millions of pounds.

Mr Cameron told MPs: "We are committed to examining the city deal with Inverness."

He said "very good progress" was being made with the deal for Aberdeen.

The prime minister added that the deals were a chance for the UK and Scottish governments to work together.

Free wi-fi

Mr Cameron was responding to a question from Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey MP Drew Hendry, who asked what progress was being made with Inverness' bid.

Last year, Scottish Secretary David Mundell confirmed £3m funding for Inverness.

The money was to enable the local authority to go ahead with plans to upgrade the grounds and access to Inverness Castle.

A second project to create a free public access wi-fi scheme for the city was also expected to be funded.

Highland Council said: "We are continuing to work positively and constructively with colleagues in the Scottish and UK governments to secure a City/Region Deal for Inverness and the Highlands."

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