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Labour budget debate

Holyrood voted to back opposition party calls for a longer term budget plan from the Scottish government at decison time.

Deputy Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont said the decision by the Scottish government to provide budget proposals for only one year was a "dereliction of duty" during Labour's debate on the Scottish government's Draft Budget 2011-12 on 25 November 2010.

Ms Lamont said providing only a one year budget following the four year Spending Review left local authorities, NHS boards, universities, colleges, the voluntary sector and the wider public sector in uncertainty and unable to plan effectively.

Finance Secretary John Swinney insisted the Scottish parliament only ever debates and approves one year budgets.

Mr Swinney said the Christie Commission would inform public service delivery in the years to come and said the parliament should be given the opportunity to fully consider those proposals before setting further detailed spending plans.

Conservative finance spokesman Derek Brownlee said Mr Swinney's failure to publish plans beyond 2011-12 was an "abdication of responsibility" and was "politically inept".

Liberal Democrat finance spokesman Jeremy Purvis said the SNP's plan for just a one year Budget was damaging.

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