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Jo Swinson - questions for Scottish Government on growth gap with rest of UK

July 20, 2011 4:33 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Speaking in response to the latest Scottish GDP figures released today, Jo Swinson MP, deputy leader of the Scottish Liberal Democrats said:

"The Scottish Government needs to explain why Scottish growth continues to lag behind the rest of the UK. They set up a Council of Economic Advisers four years ago and tasked them to close the gap. Why hasn't that happened?

"Today's figures suggest that the SNP Government's decision to remove £250million from the transport infrastructure budget to be spent elsewhere is short-sighted. That investment could help tackle the GDP gap."


The Scottish Government has reallocated their claimed £250m saving from the new Forth Crossing to other budgets within the Scottish Government rather than retain the amount in the transport infrastructure budget.

Today's headline figures show Quarter 1 growth in Scotland of 0.1% compared to 0.5% in the UK. Annual figures are 1.3% growth for Scotland compared to 2.0% for the UK as a whole.