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Member's debate

Labour MSP Cathy Jamieson led a debate on 17 Narch 2010 on a report by the Industrial Communities Alliance (ICA) entitled 'The real impact of the recession'.

Ms Jamieson expressed concern that the current recession had greatly affected Scotland's former industrial communities, including in Carrick, Cumnock and Doon Valley in her constituency.

Ms Jamieson said that the recommendations in the report were far reaching and she asked for the Scottish government to examine the details of the report closely.

Enterprise Minister Jim Mather said the government was meeting the challenges of the economic recovery plan and he would join Housing Minister Alex Neil in a meeting with the ICA later this year.

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