The Cabinet have visited Glasgow for the first time ever. It is only the second visit to Scotland – and the first since 1921.
Much of the discussion focussed on Scotland’s economy and the importance of growing our way out of recession.
Before the meeting, Gordon Brown and Cabinet ministers answered questions from members of the public at the SECC.
The questions were dominated by the economy and next week’s Budget. Gordon Brown said:
“I know there are many people afraid that unemployment is going to hit them, I know many people are worried someone close to them may lose their job.
“Our aim throughout is to get people back into jobs as quickly as possible and to prevent jobs going, to help school leavers this year and people leaving college and universities to get the jobs or training they need.
“Next week’s Budget will be a Budget about jobs. We will want to help people who are unemployed back into jobs, we will want to give people the skills for the future so they can get the jobs of the future.
“We will want to prevent people losing their jobs by investing in the future. We want to show that Britain, facing exactly the same problems that so many other countries are facing, can come through this showing compassion, showing decency, showing that we will not walk by on the other side of people in difficulty.”
The Prime Minister, who was born in Glasgow and had his first job there, praised the city’s spirit and said the Cabinet visit demonstrated the city’s importance to the UK.
Earlier in the day, Gordon Brown attended a breakfast meeting with business leaders and toured Govan shipyards, where he met a number of apprentices.
Other Cabinet ministers have had a full progamme of visits across Scotland. A number of important anouncements were made, including plans to roll out an electric car programme across the UK.
Home Secretary visited Glasgow airport to see new security measures after the 2007 attacks. Business Secretary Peter Mandleson and Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon visited Knockhill Racing Track in Dunfermline to make the electric car anouncement.
Work and Pensions Secretary James Purnell visited Stornoway, while Foreign Secretary David Miliband visited Glasgow Central Mosque. Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband visited Hunterston nuclear power station.
Other Cabinet members also visited other parts of Scotland.