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Scottish Affairs Committee

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The Scottish Secretary has re-iterated the Liberal Democrat position that his own Cabinet position should be made "obsolete".

Giving evidence to the Scottish Affairs Committee on 21 July, Michael Moore - one of five Lib Dem MPs in the coalition cabinet - said scrapping the post remained the "long term" ambition.

The committee were holding a general evidence session on the work of the department, and also took evidence from Mr Moore's deputy, the Conservative minister David Mundell.

Mr Mundell was challenged by Labour's Fiona O'Donnell over the role of the "big society" in Scotland.

She claimed that cuts to the voluntary sector could harm the very organisations that were due to play a role in the project.

However the minister responded that MPs "shouldn't always see the voluntary sector in the context of funding".

Questions were also raised by the committee's chairman Ian Davidson over reforms to constituency sizes, with Mr Moore stating that the number of MPs from Scotland could fall to around 52.

The issue of funding was also covered, with the Scottish Secretary telling the SNP's Eilidh Whiteford that any changes to the Barnett formula - which works out how much money Scotland gets from the Treasury - would be looked at in the context of the government's Comprehensive Spending Review.

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