Expenditure and Taxation Levels

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 1:50 pm on 20th November 1996.

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Photo of Mr Michael Forsyth Mr Michael Forsyth , Stirling 1:50 pm, 20th November 1996

I do not believe that it would continue. It is hard enough maintaining that level of expenditure at present, given our voice in the Cabinet, our representation, and our ability to make our case where the decisions on funding would continue to be made even if we had a Scottish Parliament. I do not believe that that level would be sustained, nor do I believe that the additional advantage of the £3.8 billion of expenditure on public services in Scotland, which we enjoy, would continue.