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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

I know that Mr Finnie would never want to misrepresent the points that I made in my statement. I went on to set out a range of initiatives that the chancellor announced yesterday, which this Government has already taken forward. Those include additional student places, and support for small businesses, which has been a substantial part of the Government's programme long before the economic difficulties came upon us.

I reassure Mr Finnie that the Government is, through our economic recovery plan, taking a series of different measures and initiatives to ensure that the Scottish economy is given the maximum support possible at a very difficult time.