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Economic Growth

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

14. To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what the prospects are for growth in the Scottish economy; and if he will make a statement. (98838)

I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave earlier today to my hon. Friend the Member for North Ayrshire and Arran (Ms Clark).

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what assessment he has made of the most recent gross domestic product growth figures for Scotland; and if he will make a statement. (98830)

Scotland continues to benefit from the economic stability delivered by this Government, which is demonstrated by the recent gross domestic product data. I welcome these figures that show output growth of 0.6 per cent. over the last quarter and 2.2 per cent. over the last year, which is above the long-term trend rate of growth for the Scottish economy.