Child Poverty

Part of First Minister's Question Time – in the Scottish Parliament at 12:00 pm on 29th March 2007.

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Photo of Alex Neil Alex Neil Scottish National Party 12:00 pm, 29th March 2007

The union dividend is 4 per cent of the oil revenues; the independence dividend would be 100 per cent of the oil revenues.

Does the First Minister realise that the level of child poverty in devolved Scotland is 10 times what it is in independent Denmark? Does he realise that the level of child poverty under Blair, Brown and McConnell is two and a half times what it was under Harold Wilson? After 300 years of the union, 10 years of a Labour Government and eight years of a Labour-led Executive, when will he actually try to do something about child poverty in Scotland?