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Please note that scrutiny of the Scottish Government's Budget for 2009-10 has now been completed.


Introduction

The Scottish Government published its Draft Budget 2009-10 on 16 September 2008.  The Draft Budget document can be found via the Scottish Government's website (click link).

For further information on the Scottish budget process in general and the Committee's scrutiny of the 2008-09 Budget, please follow the links below.

Guidance for subject Committees

At its meeting on 23 September, the Committee agreed its guidance to the Parliamentary subject committees.  Please follow the link below for the guidance.

Scrutiny of the Scottish Government's consolidated accounts for 2007-08 and Scotland Performs

At its meeting on 7 October 2008, the Committee took evidence from John Swinney MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance and Sustainable Growth, on the Scottish Government's consolidated accounts for 2007-08 and Scotland Performs.    Please follow the links below to the Official Report of the session, the accounts and to the Scotland Performs website.

Following the evidence session, the Cabinet Secretary wrote to the Committee.  Please follow the link below to the correspondence.

External meeting

The Committee held a meeting in Ayr, on 10 November 2008.  In the morning, Members held workshops with invited local organisations and local schools, and in the afternoon the Committee took evidence from John Swinney MSP on the Scottish Government's Draft Budget 2009-10.  Please follow the links below to the committee papers and the Official Report of the meeting.

Report

The Committee published its report on the Draft Budget 2009-10 on Wednesday 10 December 2008.  Please follow the links below to the report and accompanying news release. 

Debate on the Committee's report

The Parliament debated the Committee's report on Wednesday 17 December 2008.  The debate can be viewed via the Holyrood TV archive (click link). Please follow the link below for the Official Report of the debate. 

Please note that this was only a debate on the Committee's report, and is separate from consideration of the Budget Bill (see below), which provides for formal parliamentary authority for the Scottish Government's spending plans for 2009-10.

Stage 3 of the Budget Process - parliamentary consideration of the Budget Bill

Stage 3 of the budget process involves formal parliamentary consideration of the Budget Bill.  Further information on the particular rules surrounding the Budget Bill can be found on the Scottish Budget Process webpage (click link). 

Parliamentary consideration of the Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill

The Budget (Scotland) (No.2) Bill was introduced on 8 January.  Please follow the links below to the Bill itself and the Scottish Government's accompanying document which provides full details of the Government's spending plans for 2009-10.

The timetable for the Budget Bill was as follows.

  • The Stage 1 debate on the Bill took place on Wednesday 14 January. The Parliament agreed to the general principles of the Bill.  Please follow the link below for the Official Report of the debate.

  • Stage 2 consideration took place at the Finance Committee meeting on Tuesday 20 January.
  • Stage 3 consideration (including the final debate and vote on the Bill) will take place on Wednesday 28 January. The Parliament did not agree to the passage of the Bill.  Please follow the link below to the Official Report of the debate.

Parliamentary consideration of the Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill

The Budget (Scotland) (No.3) Bill was introduced on 29 January 2009.  Please follow the link below to the Bill.

Stages 1, 2 and 3 of the Bill were considered by the Parliament on Wednesday 4 February, under the Emergency Bill procedure. The Parliament agreed to the passage of the Bill.

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SPICe Briefing

The SPICe Briefing on the 2009-10 Draft Budget, which includes a detailed breakdown of the budget numbers at cash and real terms for levels 1, 2 and 3, can be found via the link below.

Adviser

The Committee has agreed to appoint Professor David Bell, of the University of Stirling, as its adviser on the Budget Process. All papers by the budget adviser will appear here.

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Contact: For specific information on the budget process, please contact Allan Campbell, Assistant Clerk to the Committee, on 0131 348 5451 or email finance.committee@scottish.parliament.uk