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Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Mark McDonald

If it were to go the other way from what Professor Bell has suggested might happen—if that £2.3 billion were to be removed and essentially had to be replaced through borrowing—the concern would be that we would be borrowing £2.3 billion just to stand still before we could then exercise further borrowing powers.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Mark McDonald

Sure—I understand that.

I would be grateful for input from Mr Peebles and Mr Milburn on the point; in regard to future planning, it concerns me that there appears to be a lack of clarity about it. From this committee’s perspective, we need to determine whether what comes to Scotland matches up to what was agreed by the Smith commission and we need to determine its appropriateness for use. Do you agree that, as things stand, further clarity is needed on what happens to the capital grant allocation?



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Mark McDonald

So in your consideration, that £2.3 billion would become part of a lump-sum resource allocation, and it would be open to a future Scottish Government to make an allocation from resource to capital. The Scottish Government can make resource-to-capital allocations at present, but a capital DEL element is identified. Will that identification go, which would leave it to the Scottish Government to decide its own capital allocation from within a resource budget, or are you suggesting something different?



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Mark McDonald (Aberdeen Donside) (SNP)

My question follows on nicely from Alison Johnstone’s. At the moment, a capital grant is provided to the Scottish Government. Additional borrowing powers had been expected to supplement that, but it has been suggested that those powers might be a replacement, which would restrict flexibility over capital investment. How are things likely to go regarding that capital grant?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Mark McDonald (Aberdeen Donside) (SNP)

I am grateful to the minister for his statement and the focus that is being placed on education in the action that the Government is taking. Will he consider expanding the education that is targeted at children and young people to include the adult population, given the important role that parents and community leaders will play in ensuring that the strong messages that the Government wishes to convey are put across and in spotting the signs of NPS use in young people for whom they are responsible as parents or, perhaps, youth leaders?



Finance Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Mark McDonald

My question was dealt with by Gavin Brown—he asked what I was going to ask about possible impacts. That is what I get for saying that he could go first.



Finance Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Mark McDonald

Gavin Brown can go first.



Finance Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Mark McDonald

Okay.



Finance Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Mark McDonald

My concern is around how the issue is being portrayed. For example, your submission states that a developer suggested that people are being penalised for moving to Scotland. I do not think that that kind of language is helpful. Presumably, by the same token, if I were a first-time buyer and went south of the border to purchase, I would be penalised for moving to England, because I would pay a higher rate under stamp duty than I would pay under LBTT. If you anticipate a lack of people moving to Scotland at the higher end because they would pay more in tax, do you anticipate a greater number of people moving to Scotland at the lower end because they will pay less?



Finance Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Mark McDonald

Forgive me for interrupting, but the previous rates, in terms of the initial consultation, were announced in November, which was about six months before they would have become live. Did you notice anything then?

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S4M-12423.1 Alex Rowley: Commission on Local Tax Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-12423 in the n
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S4M-12423 Marco Biagi: Commission on Local Tax Reform—That the Parliament supports the establishment
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YesCarried

S4M-12385 Liz Smith: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament agrees that a solid grou
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YesCarried

S4M-12395.1 Fergus Ewing: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in the
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YesCarried

S4M-12395.2 Patrick Harvie: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in t
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NoDefeated

S4M-12395 Murdo Fraser: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—That the Parliament notes with concern the l
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S4M-12385.3 Alasdair Allan: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to motion S4M-12385 i
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S4M-12382.3 Mary Fee: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion S4
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S4M-12382.1 Gavin Brown: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion
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S4M-12382.2 Willie Rennie: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to moti
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Motion S4M-12446: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/02/2015 R Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12401: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/02/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12121: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12064: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12001: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11902: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 15/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11795: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11710: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11698: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11697: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4F-02570: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4W-23719: Mark McDonald, Aberdeen Donside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
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