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DEWAR RUBBISHES CLAIMS OF 'REVENGE RAID' ON SCOTS

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Scottish secretary Donald Dewar has ruled out cutting Scotland's share of government funding after devolution, repo...
Scottish secretary Donald Dewar has ruled out cutting Scotland's share of government funding after devolution, reported Scotland on Sunday (p1).

His comments follow remarks by candidates for the mayor of London job, including the Tory peer and novelist Lord Archer, who had suggested that Scotland's share of funding was too high and should be redirected to the capital.

Mr Dewar said: 'Lord Archer should stop writing fiction and read the facts - with this government there will be no revenge raid on Scotland's public serivces as the price for Scotland's parliament.'

Speaking to a Glasgow audience of Labour activists and potential candidates for the Scottish parliament, Mr Dewar added: 'There is a disparity between Scotland and England, but there is also disparity between the various regions of England in terms of expenditure, where London does very well compared to the rest.'

But the SNP dismissed Mr Dewar's guarantee and claimed the Scottish block of funding had been cut by over£1bn in real terms since the mid-1990s.
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