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Lords Committee to quiz SNP's John Swinney on economics of Scottish independence

The House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee will next week take evidence from John Swinney MSP, the Scottish Government's Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable growth as part of their inquiry into the economic implications for the United Kingdom of Scottish independence.

The Committee will ask Mr Swinney for his reaction to suggestions that an independent Scotland would have to reapply for EU Membership.

The Committee will also ask for Mr Swinney's views on recent evidence from Lord West of Spithead that Scotland could lose 10,000 defence jobs in the event of independence.

Mr Swinney  will also be asked how the SNP expect national debt to be apportioned between the rest of the UK and an independent Scotland and to justify his assertion that independence would promote an outbreak of entrepreneurship in Scotland.

The evidence sessions will take place on Tuesday 11 December at 3.35pm and 2.15pm, both in Committee Room 2 of the House of Lords and will be webcast live at

The evidence session is also open to the public. Journalists wishing to attend should go to Parliament's Cromwell Green Entrance and should allow time for security screening.

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