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Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Convener

I am sorry, Stuart, but we have to end this discussion.

I want to set our witnesses some homework, if that is okay—and, indeed, if you have the time to do it. I realise that I am borrowing on you a bit, to use that terminology. An issue that was raised at the beginning of the discussion and which has been touched on the whole way through is the institutional framework from a budgetary and regulatory perspective: what the new regime will be, who will borrow, regulate and scrutinise and how the markets can be reassured. If you have some time, gentlemen, it would be useful to get written advice on such matters. That would be helpful not only to us but to the Finance Committee at a later date. It might well be asking you the same questions, so you will forgive me if that is the case.

I thank the witnesses very much for their attendance and evidence. That brings our evidence session to an end, and we will move into private session. Before we do so, I should tell members that the committee’s next meeting will be on Thursday 5 March, when we will take evidence from a range of experts on the draft clauses on the Crown Estate.

10:33 Meeting continued in private until 11:21.  

Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Convener

Thank you very much for what has been a helpful evidence session. As has been said, all that you have done is raise more questions and concerns, but that is still important.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Convener

It is not.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Convener

I think that, this time, I am right to ask Philip Milburn this question. As Scotland begins to get these powers, the markets’ knowledge and interest will begin to emerge. From where I am sitting, I do not have enough information to know whether the markets are being informed about what Scotland is going to get. Should the Scottish and UK Governments begin to warm up the markets to ensure that we enter into this process in an easier and smoother way?



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Convener

I suppose that if investment is made in the right places in the good years, if things are managed properly and if there are sufficient reserves in the system, that kind of volatility can be managed out.

In your submission, Philip, you suggest two different ways of treating expenditure in Scotland: first, a “balance sheet for Scotland”—[Interruption.] I am sorry—I meant Don Peebles’s submission. I could see Philip starting to wonder, “Did I say that in my paper?”

In your submission, Don, you talk about a “balance sheet for Scotland” approach and a “‘whole of Scotland’ accounts” approach. Which is better?



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Convener

I think that David Bell mentioned that in his paper.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Convener

There are a couple of quick supplementaries on this issue, and then I want to get into a couple of other areas before the end of the session.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Convener

I was going to go to Mark McDonald but, to keep a political balance, I will call Alison Johnstone first.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Convener

That seems to be a progressive and sensible way to go about it. Of course, the Treasury might not see it that way, because it wants to put limits on it; that is why it wants to have the discussion.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 26 February 2015 : Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Convener

It is not unsatisfactory.

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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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S4M-12385 Liz Smith: STEM Education in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament agrees that a solid grou
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S4M-12395.1 Fergus Ewing: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in the
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S4M-12395.2 Patrick Harvie: An Energy Strategy for Scotland—As an amendment to motion S4M-12395 in t
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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-12205: Bruce Crawford, Stirling, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-12054: Bruce Crawford, Stirling, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11613: Bruce Crawford, Stirling, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11531: Bruce Crawford, Stirling, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11530: Bruce Crawford, Stirling, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11461: Bruce Crawford, Stirling, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11449: Bruce Crawford, Stirling, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11352: Bruce Crawford, Stirling, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11139: Bruce Crawford, Stirling, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10583: Bruce Crawford, Stirling, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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