Orders of the Day — Finance Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:05 pm on 30th April 2002.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) 9:05 pm, 30th April 2002

The hon. Gentleman mentioned the importance of growth to the economy. Will he perhaps tell the House the growth figures for the Scottish economy and whether he is happy with them? Can he name another of our close neighbours that has a growth figure lower than that in Scotland? Does he agree with his colleague, the Member of the Scottish Parliament for Dundee, East, John McAllion, who said recently:

"I do not think the financial system in the Scotland Act is working very well. We should take time to do this, certainly before the next Scottish elections"?

In order words, we should give Scotland financial independence.