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More public funded construction projects urged for Scotland

Scotland’s First Minister (SNP) has been called upon by MSP Iain Gray (Labour) to do something to prevent the construction crisis from getting worse, as figures reveal a dip in public spending

Figures released by the Scottish Government’s Infrastructure Investment Unit showed that investment in new projects is expected to be £508 million this year, compared to £1.3 billion in 2007. The Scottish Building Federation has also revealed that over 900 construction trainees and apprentices have been made redundant in the past year.

Gray said: “The slump in the construction industry is deeper than it would otherwise have been, and more jobs have been lost, because the SNP have turned off the tap of public sector investment.”

Scottish Government finance secretary John Swinney (SNP) said: “All conventional projects, such as the M74 completion - which alone has a capital value £445 million, and signed in February 2008 - are not included in their table.

“Nor would be the £120 million new Low Moss Prison that we are building in the public sector rather than the privatised prison that Labour and the Lib Dems were proposing, or the £842 million new Southern General Hospital, or the £2 billion Forth Replacement Crossing.”

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