Responding to the announcement that the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee in the House of Commons is to conduct an inquiry which will look at the implications of Scottish independence on business, higher education and research and postal services, Shadow Business Minister and MP for Edinburgh South, Ian Murray, said:

“I very much welcome today’s announcement by the influential and well respected BIS Select Committee, which will give us the opportunity to explore issues of critical importance to the referendum debate.
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“The SNP have singularly failed to answer questions on a wide range of business areas crucial to Scotland’s success and the confidence in our economy. From corporate governance and company law, to the rights of people at work and the enforcement of the National Minimum Wage, the SNP have been silent. From research and development in our world-leading universities, to how the postal service would survive and how much a stamp would cost, the SNP haven’t addressed the issues to which the people of Scotland deserve answers.

“We are stuck between two Governments that are more obsessed by the constitution than the issues that really matter to the Scottish people.

“I would urge all interested businesses, charities, trade unions and other organisations to contribute to the Committee’s important investigation.”

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Further information on the Committee’s inquiry is available on their website – http://www.parliament.uk/bis