Alex Johnstone MSP

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Member of the Scottish Commission for Public Audit
Trustee of the Scottish Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund

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Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Alex Johnstone

Would it be fair to say that the risk of tax volatility is relatively low in the proposals compared with what it might have been if, for example, oil and gas revenue had been devolved? In that case, the risk of volatility would have been so big that the borrowing powers to cover that year on year would have been disproportionate and it would have been virtually unachievable.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Alex Johnstone

We have got into the area that I was going to go into. It is great fun to have capital borrowing powers, because we can spend money on stuff and put it on tick, but good housekeeping requires us to address the revenue issue. As you mentioned, there is no power to hold a reserve. What proportion of Scotland’s borrowing ability will have to be held in reserve in order to ensure that we can overcome any tax volatility year on year?



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Alex Johnstone

Other than in the most practical sense, which is that we can borrow only what we can afford.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Alex Johnstone

You do not see the size of Scottish tax revenue limiting Scotland’s ability to use its borrowing powers.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Alex Johnstone (North East Scotland) (Con)

I want to go back to a small point that was made earlier, so that I can understand it. Philip Milburn suggested that Scottish borrowing should be serviced exclusively from Scottish tax revenue rather than from global income, including the block grant. Is that the general view? Is that a strict rule that we ought to apply?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Alex Johnstone

Will the minister acknowledge that, under the current system, the poorest are not hit hardest, because they are supported to pay their council tax through the benefits system, and that is 90 per cent funded by the block grant from Westminster?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Alex Johnstone

Will Alex Rowley take an intervention?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Alex Johnstone (North East Scotland) (Con)

Will the minister concede that the suggestion that council tax relief was abolished in Scotland is not entirely accurate, that a significant proportion of that funding was devolved to Scotland, and that much of the scheme that now exists in Scotland is funded from that devolved resource?



Meeting of the Parliament 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
Alex Johnstone (North East Scotland) (Con)

I thank the minister for taking broad action across a broad front after receiving the report. I suggest that we commend the action that Police Scotland took in Angus, where the common law and trading standards were used in combination to facilitate a raid on a shop selling psychoactive substances. Have any other sections of the police force in Scotland taken similar action, and is it likely to become Police Scotland policy in future?



Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee 25 February 2015 : Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Alex Johnstone

We should have asked him what his qualifications are.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-12423.1 Alex Rowley: Commission on Local Tax Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-12423 in the n
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NoCarried

S4M-12423 Marco Biagi: Commission on Local Tax Reform—That the Parliament supports the establishment
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NoCarried

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

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

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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NoCarried

S4M-12385.3 Alasdair Allan: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to motion S4M-12385 i
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NoCarried

S4M-12382.3 Mary Fee: Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future—As an amendment to motion S4
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Not VotedDefeated

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-12095.2: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11849: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 09/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11763.1: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 02/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11603: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11494.2: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11295: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11023.3: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29/09/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10777.2: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10185.1: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 02/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10051.2: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-04067: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23/02/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-04035: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16/02/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4T-00926: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 02/02/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-24197: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-24198: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-24199: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03828: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 08/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03820: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 01/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03731: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4T-00839: Alex Johnstone, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Question >>

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