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Sir Danny Alexander to answer questions on the devolution of public finances


Sir Danny Alexander, former Chief Secretary to the Treasury, will this week give evidence to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee as part of its inquiry into the devolution of public finances.

The Committee will question Sir Danny on a range of issues including:

  • Whether it is appropriate for Parliament to be considering the Scotland Bill before a new fiscal framework is agreed?
  • Should Parliament have a bigger role in scrutinising the financing of devolved governments?
  • Is it time to reform or abandon the Barnett formula?
  • Should limits be placed on the additional borrowing powers devolved to Scotland?

The Committee will also take evidence from Keith Cochrane, Chief Executive of the Weir Group; Professor John Kay from the London School of Economics; and Professor Noel Lloyd who served on the Silk Commission.

The evidence sessions will be held on Tuesday 20 October in Committee Room 1 of the House of Lords. The full details are:

2:45pm Sir Danny Alexander, former Chief Secretary to the Treasury

4:45pm Professor John Kay, Professor of Economics, London School of Economics

              Professor Noel Lloyd, Former Vice Chancellor, Aberystwyth University and member of the Silk Commission.

              Keith Cochrane, Chief Executive, Weir Group

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