Independence (Benefits)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 13th June 2013.

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Photo of Alex Johnstone Alex Johnstone Conservative

I note the First Minister’s careful answer, but it still does not account for the fact that members of his front-bench team and, particularly, his back benchers are making promises to many people in Scotland about what would apparently happen to benefits and welfare should Scotland become independent.

It is essential that the First Minister take the opportunity to lay out which of those promises he intends to keep, which he believes are merely on-the-hoof commitments and what the cost will be. If the cost is substantial, the additional transfer of wealth required within the Scottish economy is something that everyone should be aware of before they vote on independence. Will the First Minister give the commitment to make those figures public?