Clause 32 — Borrowing by the Scottish Ministers

Part of Scotland Bill – in the House of Commons at 8:45 pm on 14th March 2011.

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Photo of Fiona O'Donnell Fiona O'Donnell Labour, East Lothian 8:45 pm, 14th March 2011

I was present when Fiona Hyslop gave evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee, and I am aware that the SNP’s position is to promote unlimited borrowing. Will the hon. Gentleman at least concede that the UK Government do have some interest in this matter, given that any amount that a future Scottish Government might choose to borrow under his proposal would have an impact on the deficit here and on the country as a whole?