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Public Subsidies

Volume 538: debated on Wednesday 11 January 2012

12. What comparative assessment he has made of the level of subsidy from the public purse for postal, transport and health services in Scotland and the north of England. (88263)

Health and large aspects of transport are devolved areas, and it is for the Parliament in Scotland to decide how to allocate its budget. The Government have provided an annual subsidy to Post Office Ltd of £150 million for the last financial year and £180 million for this financial year. The subsidy is not distributed by country or region.

Does the Minister think it would help the forthcoming debate if all the figures were made public so that my constituents and others can fully participate?

I absolutely agree that the debate on the independence of Scotland should be based on facts and on the issues. That is why we need to move on from the process and get on with the referendum.

The question of the referendum on Scotland is not a matter just for the Scottish Government or for the Scottish people. How and when will my constituents in England be consulted on this important matter?

I remind the Minister that the question is with reference to postal, transport and health services.

My hon. Friend’s constituents have the opportunity to be represented on these issues through him in this House.