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Portfolio question time - 5 December 2012

Finance secretary John Swinney welcomed elements of the Chancellor's Autumn Statement during portfolio questions on 5 December 2012.

Mr Swinney told MSPs he was pleased with increased investment in capital spending.

The treasury say there will be an additional £331M available for Scottish government ministers to spend.

Mr Swinney said: "There are a number of elements of the Autumn Budget Statement that the Scottish government welcomes, particularly in relation to capital investment.

"As parliament will know ministers have for a sustained amount of time put pressure on the United Kingdom government to change its approach on capital spending because we considered the reduction of 33% in capital budgets was far too severe and as the growth figures which have been published by Office for Budget Responsibility demonstrate, that approach has harmed the development of growth within the economy.

"We welcome the announcements that have been made in relation to capital investment today and note also the United Kingdom government has learned a lesson from the Scottish government into transferring resource into capital to support long term investment in the Scottish economy and we welcome that into the bargain."

MSPs also quizzed Local Government and Planning Minister Derek Mackay and Energy, Enterprise and Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing on a range of issues including the forthcoming decision by Scottish Enterprise on the location of the Areva turbine site, help for communities to benefit from the use of renewables and the development of cooperative businesses.

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