Draft Budget 2017-18 (Timetable)

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 4th October 2016.

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Photo of Graham Simpson Graham Simpson Conservative

No.

For Derek Mackay to give the subject committees two weeks in which to scrutinise his draft budget is frankly ridiculous and unacceptable. We can see how Parliament feels about it by the strength of support for Patrick Harvie’s well-crafted motion.

Derek Mackay had an opportunity today to give concessions, but he chose not to take it, which is disappointing.

It must have pained Bruce Crawford to write the letter that he did to the cabinet secretary. Mr Crawford clearly takes his role seriously and he is to be commended for acting in the way that he did.

Derek Mackay can bleat all he likes about the timing of the autumn statement, but it is a pathetic excuse.