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United Kingdom Budget

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

The leader of the Labour group in this Parliament has supported the Government on capital acceleration, so I am surprised that there is not some shared disappointment at the chancellor's announcement yesterday.

I assure Linda Fabiani that the Government will do everything in its power to persuade the incoming UK Government to attach greater priority to fiscal stimulus in 2010-11, to assist us in working our way through these economic difficulties. Of course, the Government continues to seek absolute clarity that none of the incoming United Kingdom Governments will in any way try to restate downwards the budget of the Scottish Government for 2010-11, which would have significant consequences for public services in Scotland.