The Scottish Government has admitted exaggerating in parliament the number of Scottish jobs supported by the renewable energy sector. First Minister Alex Salmond told Holyrood on October 25 that there were 18,000 jobs created by industries such as windfarms. However, that has been refuted by Scottish Renewables, which has consistently said only 11,000 jobs are supported. The SNP has now confirmed this is the case after newspaper reports today forced it to admit Alex Salmond’s 18,000 claim – made in an answer at First Minister’s Questions following a question by Scottish Conservative MSP Liz Smith – was inaccurate. It is the second time in a week that the Scottish Government has confessed giving inaccurate answers to parliament, and adds to what is an emerging trend of retractions following boastful statements.