Scotland Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:58 pm on 27th January 2011.

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Photo of Ann McKechin Ann McKechin Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland 1:58 pm, 27th January 2011

Sadly, the hon. Gentleman has not informed the House that his national conversation-the big blether with Alex-cost more than £1 million, and we have not had one single benefit as a result. That is a test that the very sensible people of Scotland will apply. They deserve better.

The Caiman commission agreed with our fundamental view, set out in our 2009 White Paper "Scotland's Future in the United Kingdom", that together the nations of the United Kingdom are stronger and that together we share resources and pool risks. Nowhere was that more apparent than in 2008 with the vital bail-out of our major banks by the Labour Government, which included two major Scottish institutions. The cash injected to salvage our Scottish banks was the equivalent of £10,000 for every man, woman and child in Scotland. Without the Union and the intervention of the UK Labour Government, Scotland would have been plunged into the depths of economic despair that smaller countries such as Iceland and Ireland, the previous poster boys of independence for the SNP, are sadly still suffering from.