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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 11:33 am on 26th April 2007.

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Photo of Jack Straw Jack Straw Chair, Modernisation of the House of Commons Committee, Leader of the House of Commons and Lord Privy Seal 11:33 am, 26th April 2007

Yes, I hope that we can in time have a debate on exactly that. There is no doubt at all that a break-up of the United Kingdom, the separation of Scotland, or even an Administration in Scotland dominated by a party that is seeking separation would be bad news for Scotland. I note that Mr. Jim Mather, the Scottish National party's enterprise spokesman, as quoted yesterday in the Financial Times, says that he would use "fiscal fairy dust" to help the economy of an independent Scotland. He says:

"There is no orthodoxy we will not challenge" and then raises the possibility of increasing indirect taxes to try to fill the black hole in Scotland's public finances that would occur were there to be an SNP-dominated Administration.