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Cumbernauld's MP questions future of accounting officer conventions before and after independence

Written by Scott Campbell.
 
 
 
 
 
Published at 22:25 GMT on Thursday, May 30th, 2013.

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MEMBER of Parliament for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, Gregg McClymont, raised the issue of accounting officer conventions would be affected by Scottish independence.

Gregg McClymont, Labour’s Member of Parliament for Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East, as well as the Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions, spoke during a meeting of the House of Commons on 20th May, 2013. 

In the chamber Gregg McClymont asked: “To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office (1) what assessment he has made of the potential risk of losses to the public purse arising from applying the current accounting officer conventions in the period leading up to the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014;

“(2) What discussions he has had with officials in his Department on how the accounting officers’ conventions would apply to investment in Scotland in advance of the referendum on Scottish independence in 2014.”


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In response, Danny Alexander the UK Government’s Chief Secretary to the Treasury said: “I have been asked to reply on behalf of the Treasury.

“The UK Government is not planning for independence as it believes that people in Scotland will vote to remain within the UK. As such, the Government has made no assessment of the risk of losses to the public purse, and has no plans to change accounting officers conventions.”


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