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Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Convener (Bruce Crawford)

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. I welcome our witnesses and those who have joined us in the public gallery as visitors. I ask that everyone ensure that their mobile phones and other electronic devices are switched off, so that they do not interfere with the broadcasting system.

We have received one apology, from Alison Johnstone.

Agenda item 1 is evidence from business organisations on the Smith commission’s proposals. I will introduce the witnesses from left to right—I hope that I get the details right. Stuart Patrick is the chief executive of Glasgow Chamber of Commerce; Alan Watt is the chief executive of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association; Ross Martin is the chief executive of the Scottish Council for Development and Industry; and David Watt is the regional director for the Institute of Directors. We are very glad that you are here. The focus may not be on the committee this morning given what else is going on, such as the publication of the draft clauses, but we think that you are the most important visitors to Parliament.

I will quickly summarise the meeting’s structure. We will keep the evidence session as informal as we can, although I ask that everyone speak through the chair. We have four witnesses, so I ask that committee members make their questions as concise as possible. It would help if the answers were concise, too. We will start with questions on taxation and borrowing and then move on to welfare questions before we sweep up any other important matters. I will address my questions to all the panellists, and I think that most members will do that, too. If you want to contribute, please indicate that to me. Committee members may want to ask specific questions of specific individuals, but we will see how it goes.

To begin, I will ask a general question. I want to understand the extent to which the Smith commission proposals constitute, in your eyes, a set of powers that should enable the Scottish Government to create conditions that would improve the performance of the Scottish economy and create jobs. Has the Smith commission helped in that regard, or could other things have been done? I do not mind who kicks off. Ross Martin looks like he is ready to go.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Convener

No one likes increased taxes—we know that.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Convener

I think that all the submissions touched on the issue of borrowing powers. There is obviously a bit further to go regarding the arrangements that have to come through the UK and Scottish Governments—there is still some way to travel before we understand exactly what the powers will look like, although the principle to extend them is agreed.

It would be helpful to us if any of you could provide us with a picture of what you think the sensible arrangements for borrowing should be. Is there a general amount that Scotland should be able to borrow up to? Should it be based on the prudential borrowing system that local authorities have? What arrangements would be the most suitable for Scotland? As the arrangements have not settled down yet and a lot of discussion is going on, you have the opportunity to influence our thinking today.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Convener

This is a crucial issue for Alan Watt’s industry because it is heavily dependent on public expenditure on infrastructure through borrowing. Is there anything that you would like to add?



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Convener

A couple of members have indicated that they have supplementary questions.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Convener

Mark McDonald has a supplementary on this area.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Convener

At this point, I formally welcome our guests from the Canadian Parliament, who have joined us to listen to what we are up to. Welcome to our deliberations.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Convener

A couple of members have supplementaries in this area.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Convener

I know that Rob Gibson wants to ask about research and development issues, and we will pick up on some of the themes that are beginning to emerge there, but Linda Fabiani has a supplementary question.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
The Convener

That is encouraging. As Rob Gibson earlier indicated an interest in research and development and innovation, which has come up in a number of responses, I think it appropriate to let Rob in with his question.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-12120.1 Jenny Marra: 2020 Vision, the Strategic Forward Direction of the NHS—As an amendment to
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NoDefeated

S4M-12101 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general prin
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YesCarried

S4M-12095.4 Ken Macintosh: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.2 Alex Johnstone: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.1 Willie Rennie: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095 Alex Neil: Tackling Inequalities—That the Parliament agrees that a strong, sustainable eco
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YesCarried

Selection of John Pentland MSP for appointment to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.
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S4M-12060.2 Hugh Henry: Commending the People who Keep Scotland Safe in Emergencies—As an amendment
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NoDefeated

S4M-12045.3 Shona Robison: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Rich
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YesCarried

S4M-12045.2 Jackson Carlaw: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Ric
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NoDefeated

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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 >>
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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 >>
Motion S4M-10524: Bruce Crawford, Stirling, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 01/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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