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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-03040: Bill Bowman (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 13 March 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the National Audit Office's recent report, Investigation into devolved funding.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 21 March 2019

I welcome the National Audit Office’s report.

It acknowledges that additional funding for Northern Ireland, including as part of the Conservative-DUP Confidence and Supply arrangement, will not result in additional consequentials for Scotland. To date, Scotland has lost out on equivalent funding of around £3.3 billion. This is completely unacceptable.

The UK Government must use its fiscal headroom to provide additional finance and flexibility to Scotland, in line with the Barnett Formula.