The Future of Scotland

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 9:39 am on 29th March 2007.

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Photo of Annabel Goldie Annabel Goldie Conservative 9:39 am, 29th March 2007

I want to make progress.

The Executive has also failed in its stewardship of the economy and our transport infrastructure. I cannot help noticing that those two policy areas have been the responsibility of successive Liberal Democrat ministers over the past four years—maybe that is a coincidence; maybe it is not. Economic growth and new business start-ups have trailed the UK as a whole. What about regulation? The Scottish Liberal Democrats are new-found converts to the cause of doing something about regulation. It is a shame that the Minister for Enterprise and Lifelong Learning over the past two years—a Liberal Democrat—has done nothing about that.