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Finance Committee 2

Michael Levack from the Scottish Building Federation told the Finance Committee anyone that thought the Scottish government's Draft Budget 2013-14 was one for growth was "out of touch with reality" as "many many construction businesses are in survival mode", on 26 September 2012.

He said: "We hear a lot about shovel ready projects, but how many projects are currently still stuck in the constipated public sector procurement system?"

"Only when the shovel actually goes in the ground do we protect jobs and create apprenticeships".

Mr Levack called on all local authorities and all public sector bodies to make sure all capital projects on the "wish list" were actually coming to the market, "currently that is not the case".

He said it was "very, very slow" in terms of projects coming out and what the Scottish Futures Trust had delivered on the ground was still very slow.

Garry Clark from the Scottish Chambers of Commerce told MSPs "our members are acutely aware of paying a larger share towards the overall spend in the Scottish budget" through an increase in business rates and that it could only go so far before it became unsustainable.

Colin Borland from FSB Scotland, David Melhuish from the Scottish Property Federation and Alan Watt from CECA Scotland also gave evidence in the round table session on Finance Secretary John Swinney's budget.

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