§ 57. Mr. Watts
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland what action he proposes to take in the light of the recent Fraser of Allander Institute quarterly economic commentary, a copy of which has been sent to him, concerning the relative growth of the Scottish economy vis-à-vis the rest of the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
§ Mr. Lang
The "Fraser of Allander Institute Quarterly Commentary" concludes thatboth short-term and long-term prospects for the Scottish economy continue to be favourable".I wholeheartedly agree with the commentary that growth in the Scottish economy this year and in the years ahead is likely to match that of the United Kingdom as a whole.