Unemployment (East Lothian)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 18th March 2009.

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Photo of Anne Moffat Anne Moffat Labour, East Lothian 11:30 am, 18th March 2009

I am sure that the whole House will now want to hear my supplementary question.

We currently have quite a good level of employment in East Lothian—over 80 per cent.—but I am concerned about the possibility that unemployment will rise both in East Lothian and in Scotland more widely. The position could be greatly improved if the banks adopted measures allowing them to enable small businesses to recover by lending them money. Constituent after constituent has said to me recently that they will have to make people unemployed because the banks will not lend to them. The arrogance of the banks beggars belief.

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