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Monday, 10 November 2008

Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee convenes in Ayr

SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT spending plans were scrutinised when the Scottish Parliament’s Finance Committee visited the County Buildings in Ayr.

Local residents had an opportunity to watch as Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, John Swinney MSP, faced questions on multi-million pound Scottish Government spending plans for 2009/10.

[Pictured: Provost Winifred Sloan (right) welcomed the Holyrood Finance Committee Convener, Andrew Welsh MSP, other members of the committee and all those participating in the visit to the County Buildings.]

South Ayrshire Council Provost Winifred Sloan welcomed the Finance Committee and others to the County Buildings and said: “It is my great pleasure to welcome Andrew Welsh, the Convener of the Scottish Parliament Finance Committee and the other Committee members to South Ayrshire Council Headquarters. The Finance Committee has always had a very important role to play, but now more than ever it is crucial to our future. Across the globe people are facing financial problems, from huge international organisations, to small and medium sized businesses, and last but by no means least families.”

The meeting was part of the Finance Committee’s scrutiny of the Scottish Government’s Draft Budget which was published in September this year. Workshops in the morning gave local groups and organisations an opportunity to air their views on the Draft Budget as it affects local issues. These views then informed part of the committee’s evidence session with John Swinney in the afternoon.

Committee Convener, Andrew Welsh MSP said: “The meeting provided an excellent opportunity for local people to engage with the Parliament and the budget process.”

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