Covid-19 Economic Support Package

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:32 pm on 14th October 2020.

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Photo of Rishi Sunak Rishi Sunak The Chancellor of the Exchequer 1:32 pm, 14th October 2020

I have addressed this previously, in this place and others. There is absolutely no bar on the Scottish Government setting a Budget in advance of the UK Budget. The fiscal framework itself allows for that very possibility. That is exactly what happened at the start of this year, so there is simply no reason why that cannot happen. The OBR forecasts were provided as normal this autumn. Those forecasts are used by officials to make all the necessary calculations. It is simply wrong to suggest that the Scottish Government are unable to set a Budget until the UK Government have.