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Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive — General Questions – in the Scottish Parliament at 11:40 am on 27th April 2006.

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Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party 11:40 am, 27th April 2006

The minister will be aware—because he took part in it—that we had a constructive debate on the matter last week in Parliament. In the interests of ensuring that the debate can continue, is the minister prepared to publish the legal advice to which he referred, which somehow undermines what is, in my opinion, pretty persuasive legal advice that is contrary to the position that he has outlined? Its publication would enable us properly to scrutinise the advice on the basis of which the Executive is operating, and would ensure that individuals who are involved in the negotiations with the Executive have confidence in the quality of information upon which ministers have made their decisions.