Scotland Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 3:42 pm on 27th January 2011.

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Photo of David Mowat David Mowat Conservative, Warrington South 3:42 pm, 27th January 2011

The difference that we are really talking about today is the one between the constituent parts of the UK, but I have no difficulty with also applying that to the constituent parts of England. As I said, a needs-based formula is fair.

If my constituency of Warrington South, which has areas of great deprivation and some better-off areas, were in Scotland, the average constituent would receive £900 more. That is not fair-I get a considerable postbag about it. Today's debate is not on the Barnett formula, but unless we address the matter at some point, it will become a tension in the Union from the other direction. We need to be cognisant of that, and we need to be careful.