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S5W-08880: Neil Findlay (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 20 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-08517 by Derek Mackay on 19 April 2017, whether it will now provide an answer to the question that was asked on the veracity of the Government Expenditure and Revenue Figures (Scotland) (GERS) for (a) 2015-16 and (b) previous years.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 2 May 2017

As set out in response to S5W-08517, Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland is a National Statistics publication, which means that it is independently assessed by the Office for Statistics Regulation, the regulatory arm of the UK Statistics Authority. This assessment covers a number of areas including the quality of the statistics and their suitability to the needs of users.

The latest assessment report is available at the link below: https://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/publication/statistics-on-government-expenditure-and-revenue-scotland/