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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-11159: Tom Mason (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-01200 by Derek Mackay on 6 September 2017 (Official Report, c. 6), what impact the policy agenda announced in its Programme for Government will have on the size of the notional budget deficit of £13.3 billion that was set out in the Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) report.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 22 September 2017

The Scottish Government has to set and deliver a balanced budget each year and is, therefore, unable to run a deficit. GERS does not report a budget deficit for Scotland.