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Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 4:45 pm on 25th March 2010.

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Photo of John Swinney John Swinney Scottish National Party 4:45 pm, 25th March 2010

Mr Brownlee and I have rehearsed this point before, and he will be aware that we set our targets in 2007, which consist of short-term and long-term ambitions for the development of the Scottish economy. Those targets were set before the economic difficulties that we now face, and their achievement will be challenging in the current economic context. However, we are determined to retain focus and to do everything in our power to achieve those targets.

Experience shows that the performance of the Scottish economy during the recession has largely mirrored that of the United Kingdom economy. That is my expectation regarding future growth, and I reiterate that the Scottish Government will do everything in its power to ensure that its targets are achieved.