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First minister's questions

First Minister Alex Salmond accused Chancellor Alistair Darling of "sabotaging" the Scottish economy with his pre-Budget report, in response to questioning by Scottish Labour leader Iain Gray on 10 December 2009.

Mr Salmond said Mr Gray had been "humiliated" by failing to secure a further acceleration in capital spending from the Treasury.

But Mr Gray said the Scottish government had squandered an earlier tranche of spending, spoiling the case for further support.

Scottish Conservative leader Annabel Goldie demanded to know how wide-reaching cuts to the Scottish budget would be.

Mr Salmond said there would be a reduction of more than £800m, according to the latest figures from the Scottish Parliament information centre.

Tavish Scott, the Scottish Liberal Democrat leader, asked if NHS efficiency savings would hit services.


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