Date lodged: 3 May 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answers to questions S5W-08517 and S5W-08880 by Derek Mackay on 19 April 2017 and 2 May 2017 respectively, for what reason it has not answered the question that was asked in both, which is what its position is on the veracity of the Government Expenditure and Revenue Figures (Scotland) (GERS) for (a) 2015-16 and (b) previous years, and whether it will now do so, and whether it considers that its responses to date are consistent with paragraph 1.2(d) of the Scottish Ministerial Code, which states that "Ministers should be as open as possible with the Parliament and the public, reflecting the aspirations set out in the Report of the Consultative Steering Group on the Scottish Parliament. They should refuse to provide information only in accordance with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and other relevant statutes".
Answered by: Derek Mackay 11 May 2017
As set out in response to questions S5W-08517 and S5W-08880, GERS is a National Statistics publication. This assessment covers a number of areas including the quality of the statistics and their suitability to the needs of users. GERS sets out estimates of revenue raised in Scotland and spending for Scotland, under the current constitutional arrangements. The estimates in GERS are the best available, produced using methods agreed with users, which are set out clearly in the GERS publication and associated methodology documents.