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Part of Scotland – in the House of Commons on 8th January 2020.

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Photo of Mhairi Black Mhairi Black Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland)

First, I want to commend the work that my hon. Friend Tommy Sheppard did in this role before me. He did a sterling job and could not have set a better example. Yesterday, my colleagues asked the Chancellor for an explanation as to why the UK is delaying its Budget until 11 March, despite the fact that the Scottish Government must pass their budget by 1 April and that 11 March is the legal deadline by which Scottish councils have to have set their budgets and their council tax levels. No explanation was given yesterday and I doubt I will get one now, so instead I want to ask: if and when did the Secretary of State raise this issue with the Cabinet? If he did raise it, what answers was he given?