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Business of the House

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:37 am on 8th February 2007.

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Photo of Jim Sheridan Jim Sheridan Labour, Paisley and Renfrewshire North 11:37 am, 8th February 2007

May we have an urgent debate on the threatened break-up of the United Kingdom, and the subsequent cost to the taxpayer? My right hon. Friend might be aware that figures released today suggest that the cost of independence in Scotland alone would run to some £8 billion of taxpayers' money. Does he agree that that £8 billion would be better spent on enhancing our public services and defending our country?