Independence (Pensions)

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 11:34 am on 11 September 2013.

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Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland 11:34, 11 September 2013

Spending on state pensions and public sector pensions is driven by demographics and is set to rise. The UK Treasury and the Department for Work and Pensions absorb the risk of growth in demand and there would be more volatility in spending in an independent Scotland. Those are not my words, but the words of John Swinney. It is a pity that he said them in private, not in public.