Independence (Benefits to Edinburgh)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 30th May 2013.

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Photo of Marco Biagi Marco Biagi Scottish National Party

Edinburgh is currently home to just 11 international consulates, whereas Dublin hosts 61, with more than 300 accredited diplomats and hundreds of local staff all employed by other governments contributing tens of millions of euros in wider economic impact. Does the minister agree that the likely expansion of the consular corps in Edinburgh could mean an economic windfall for the city, as well as making the capital even more outward looking on the global stage?