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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21175: Dean Lockhart (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 23 January 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what progress it has made in closing the productivity gap in Scotland.

Answered by: Derek Mackay 30 January 2019

Latest figures for productivity in Scotland will be released on 6 February 2019.

Between 2007 and 2017, Scotland’s productivity has increased by 5.7% in total, or 0.6% per year on average. This compares to a UK increase of 1.9% in total, or 0.2% per year on average.

The productivity gap with the UK, which stood at 9.1 percentage points in 2007, is now less than 2 percentage points in the latest year.

The Scottish Government will continue its focus set out in the Economic Strategy to increase competitiveness while tackling inequality in order to create sustainable, inclusive growth.