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Draft budget debate

The Finance Committee convener Andrew Welsh called on the Scottish government on 17 December 2009 to give a clearer explanation about its spending priorities in the coming years.

Mr Welsh was commending the Finance Committee's report on the government's draft budget for 2010-11.

He told MSPs that the government must improve the information supplied to the parliament to allow the proper scrutiny of the £35bn draft budget and to see how it would promote growth and protect services.

Finance Secretary John Swinney welcomed the committee's report and warned MSPs that while next year would be challenging, it would only be a prelude to sustained contraction in spending in future years.

A number of opposition MSPs called for the Glasgow Airport Rail Link project to be reinstated in the budget.

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