Focus on budget as Finance Committee holds meeting in Glasgow


Scottish Government spending plans will be scrutinised when the Parliament’s Finance Committee visits the City Chambers in Glasgow on Monday 9 November.

Local residents will have an opportunity to watch as the Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney MSP, faces questions on Scottish Government spending plans for 2010-11.

The meeting is part of the Finance Committee’s scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget, which was published in September this year. Workshops in the morning will give local businesses and organisations the opportunity to air their views on the Draft Budget as it affects local issues. These views will then inform part of the committee’s evidence session with John Swinney in the afternoon.

Committee Convener Andrew Welsh MSP said: “The committee tries to meet outside Edinburgh each year to allow local issues to be raised when it considers the Budget. We are very much looking forward to this excellent opportunity for local people to engage with the Parliament and the budget process.”

The Finance Committee is composed of eight MSPs including Convener Andrew Welsh. The other members are: Jackie Baillie, Derek Brownlee, Linda Fabiani, Joe FitzPatrick, James Kelly, Jeremy Purvis and David Whitton.

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