§ 17. Ms Osborne
To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer what is his assessment of the impact of his economic policies in Scotland. 
§ Mr. Gordon Brown
In Scotland, as in the rest of the United Kingdom, we have created a sound and credible platform for stability that will help us attain our objective of high and stable levels of growth and employment.
§ Miss Melanie Johnson
Present policies are designed to achieve high and stable levels of growth and employment through promoting employment opportunities for all—in Scotland as well as the UK. Since the election, Scottish unemployment has fallen by 36,000 and Scottish employment has risen by 20,000, both in line with UK trends.