U.K.Government statistics for 2004/5 show that the U.K.Central Government spends GBP1236 ($2400) more on every person in Scotland than is does in England. Scotland also receives GBP1034 ($2050) a head more ( 16pct.) than the U.K.average. The gap between Scotland and England has narrowed by GBP164 ($320) per head from previous year. Total Government revenue in Scotland was GBP36.4bn against spending of GBP47.7bn. The Scottish National Party dispute the figures.

Over the past year the number of private sector enterprises in Scotland rose by 0.1oct to 265,435 and the number of people employed in the businesses rose by 1.4pct to 1.9m. The Scottish National Party has criticised this low level of enterprise growth.

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