Date lodged: 31 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of comments by Joan McAlpine in the Daily Record, whether it considers that the calculation using the Government Expenditure and Revenue Figures (Scotland) (GERS) that states Scotland's deficit is £15 billion is "absurd".
Answered by: Derek Mackay 19 April 2017
Government Expenditure and Revenue Scotland (GERS) estimates the contribution of revenue raised in Scotland towards the goods and services provided for the benefit of Scottish residents under the current constitutional arrangements. It is a National Statistics publication, which means that it has been independently assessed by the UK Statistics Authority to ensure that it meets the Code of Practice for Official Statistics.