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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

As Margo MacDonald will appreciate, the Scottish Government and the United Kingdom Government have a range of different initiatives to support individuals in finding and securing employment. If we focus only on the key initiatives that we have talked about in this session alone, such as renewable energy initiatives and ventures relating to life science development in Scotland, we will find that we have real strengths in developing new employment and new opportunities. The Government will concentrate investment on ensuring that we secure many of those opportunities. I assure Margo MacDonald of the focus that we can deliver in that respect. Of course, she will also appreciate that there are limitations to what the Scottish Government can do. We could do more if we had the full range of financial powers of a sovereign, independent country, which I am sure that she would welcome.