Dennis Robertson (Aberdeenshire West) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to strengthen and grow the economy. (S4O-03484)
The Scottish Government is continuing to take action to support sustainable economic growth in Scotland. We are investing in infrastructure to support growth, building a supportive business environment, investing in innovation and helping our young people to obtain the skills that they need to succeed in the labour market.
Dennis Robertson: I welcome the recent publication of the document “A Jobs Plan for an Independent Scotland”, which looks at the long-term aspects of strengthening our economy and providing opportunities in the labour market. Does the cabinet secretary agree that, to take full control of strengthening our economy for the future, we need the full fiscal powers and tax revenue powers of an independent Scotland?
John Swinney: As I said in my previous answer to Dennis Robertson, we have taken a number of measures within our existing powers to deliver as much impetus to the Scottish economy as we possibly can. However, there are decisions relating to the economy that are outwith our control. The opportunity of independence—highlighted by the contents of “A Jobs Plan for an Independent Scotland”—is a range of policy interventions that we could make that would strengthen and support the development of the Scottish economy. We will be able to undertake those measures only if we have the full range of powers that will be on offer to the people of Scotland in the referendum on 18 September.