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Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: Will the member take an intervention?

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: From political leaders of all parties, the business community needs some unity of purpose on an issue that is too grave for bickering of that nature. We must focus on increasing growth and we have to give credit where it is due and find some agreement. Miss Goldie's approach is not good enough.

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: Can the minister refer the chamber to a single power that devolution has given us that we did not have previously under the Secretary of State for Scotland that can make a difference to the growth rate of the economy?

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: Will the minister give way?

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: The minister is being very generous with his time. I agree with his comments on corporation tax, but it is one part of the whole. The point that we are making today is that our corporation tax rate is the same as the rate in the south-east of England. However the rate of growth in that part of the country is increasing exponentially faster than the growth rate in Scotland. We need to undercut...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: After reading the weekend's press, all of us could be forgiven for thinking that we would see Angus MacKay, Tom McCabe and Wendy Alexander on the front bench today for this debate on the economy. Unfortunately, that was not to be—with all good grace to Lewis Macdonald—as those members are nowhere to be seen. Were those press reports a chimera? Was the briefing a briefing too far from Jack...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: We can have arguments about the overall levels of taxation, but the key point that I want to make this morning to Phil Gallie and other members is that we need to keep a close eye on our relative competitiveness within the United Kingdom, as well as on the overall competitiveness of the UK—I will move on to address that point. At least national insurance is a tax that is applied across the...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: I want to move on, but I will take the member's intervention shortly. As part of its contribution to a better debate on the subject, the SNP set out its support last week for much of what the Government is doing in this field. We might have expected an SNP press release that was headed "SNP back Labour" to have generated some coverage but, as Alf Young commented, the lack of coverage pointed...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: I am surprised at Miss Goldie. First, I have to outline the areas on which I agree with the Government. In an election era, I cannot get more positive than to stand up and say that I agree. I try my best. I will examine my conscience tonight, but I make every effort to be positive. If we examine the output of the Scottish economy, we will all agree that we have had a problem over the past 30...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: Mr Lyon makes a very reasonable point. It is true that European and world economies are under pressure. My response is that Scotland is under the greatest pressure. We seem to be exposed more than any other country. In the period since Labour and the Liberal Democrats came to power, Scotland's growth record has been the poorest of any European Union member state. Even the economy of Germany,...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Growth (12 Feb 2003)

Andrew Wilson: No, thanks. I must move on. We have very deep-seated problems. I suggest that the long-term picture, which has got worse over the past five years, is set to get much worse in the future. If we look at what we are doing right, we can see that, in our educational performance in many fields in further and higher education, we are making a lot of investment and producing a lot of outputs. That...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (30 Jan 2003)

Andrew Wilson: I am sure that the fact that the number of people in the public gallery decreased by more than two thirds during Mr McCabe's speech was no reflection whatsoever on the contribution that the Finance Committee convener just made, which was as measured as ever. I am sure that more people will now leave the public gallery. We are, of course, debating half a budget. That is the key reason why...

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (30 Jan 2003)

Andrew Wilson: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (30 Jan 2003)

Andrew Wilson: Given that the minister has just said that a target outcome from the budget is economic growth, will he answer the question that Alex Neil put six months ago about the expected impact of his budget on the growth in the Scottish economy?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 4) Bill: Stage 1 (30 Jan 2003)

Andrew Wilson: Leaving aside the debate that we could have about the accuracy of the statistics, is the fact that, by the minister's own measure, the figures have got worse since Labour came to power a reflection of Labour's failure on the economy or of its success?

Scottish Parliament written answers — Higher Education: Higher Education (30 Jan 2003)

Andrew Wilson: To ask the First Minister what impact the changes to Her Majesty’s Government’s funding policy for higher education in the rest of the UK will have on the Scottish budget.

Scottish Parliament written answers — First Minister: First Minister (29 Jan 2003)

Andrew Wilson: To ask the Scottish Executive, further to the answer to question S1W-32029 by Mr Jack McConnell on 10 December 2002, what each of the civil service management functions are for which the First Minister is solely responsible relating to the staff of the Scottish Administration

Scottish Parliament: Question Time — Scottish Executive: Schools (Entrepreneurial Education) (23 Jan 2003)

Andrew Wilson: Does the minister accept that the spirit of entrepreneurial confidence is hardly fostered by a Government that seeks to promote the myth that Scotland is somehow subsidised and too poor to acquire the normal powers of a normal country? Would not school children as well as everyone else in Scotland benefit from an Executive that was willing to take on the same economic powers as every other...


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