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Members' business

The SNP's Sandra White led a debate on Commonwealth day on 10 March 2010, the theme this year being science, technology and society.

Ms White said the Commonwealth had a valuable role in strengthening relationships between nations across the world and she welcomed the continued contribution of Scotland.

She also said that this year the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Scotland Branch and the Scottish government had continued to develop relationships with Australia, Canada, Malawi and New Zealand and Scotland had contributed to promoting technological innovation as a powerful tool for fighting poverty and climate change.

The Minister for Transport, Infrastructure & Climate Change, Stewart Stevenson said that Scotland was looking to build further links with South Asia and Pakistan.

Mr Stevenson also said that 2014 will bring the Commonwealth on a sporting field directly to Scotland.

He ended his contribution by saying that whilst the members' debate had been first class, it barely scratched the surface of an immense subject.

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