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 John McAllion John McAllion , Dundee East 1:50 pm, 20th November 1996

If expenditure levels are so much higher in Scotland, can the Secretary of State explain why the Government recently allocated £25 million to 13 towns in England to pay for the rough sleepers initiative when not a penny was allocated to any town or city in Scotland? That is an absolute disgrace, especially when we remember that surveys north and south of the border have shown that more people are sleeping rough in one small part of Glasgow city centre than in any of the 13 towns to which the Government handed those millions of pounds. Why does the right hon. Gentleman not fight in the Cabinet for Glasgow and other Scottish towns? If he is not prepared to fight, he should go.