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Public Responsibility For Social Justice

Part of Orders of the Day — Opposition Day – in the House of Commons at 3:59 pm on 10th March 1997.

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Photo of Alex Salmond Alex Salmond Leader, Scottish National Party 3:59 pm, 10th March 1997

The Secretary of State should know that he cannot set conditions on giving way.

In the past five years, the United Kingdom had a general Government deficit of £176 billion, so it is hardly surprising that Scotland, as part of the United Kingdom, was in deficit over that period; it is perhaps more interesting that, if we apply the Secretary of State's and the Scottish Office's calculations for the next five years, the Scottish subsidy to London becomes £12.5 billion. Does he accept that calculation, based on the Treasury answer of 30 January?