Gavin Brown MSP

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Gavin Brown MSP

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  • Member for: Lothian
  • Party: Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

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Parliamentary Activities

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Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Gavin Brown (Lothian) (Con)

We are about to enter financial year 2015-16, but has the business rates incentivisation scheme for 2013-14 been sorted out yet?



Finance Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gavin Brown (Lothian) (Con)

When I have spoken to businesses in December and January post Smith reporting, the main message that I have received from them is that decisions have been made, Smith has reported, we should stop talking about what should or should not be devolved, and we should start to get on with implementing the decisions that have been taken. Is that roughly what your members are saying to you?



Finance Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gavin Brown

With that in mind, I turn to your submissions. The phrase “balanced against ... administrative burdens” comes up and we are asked not to adversely affect business in what we do. We know what the Smith report says and what is coming.

On the implementation of the Smith report, without getting overly technical, what are your members saying to you about things that we really need to think about or avoid and the traps to be wary of? Obviously, there are obstacles and we will face challenges—we have heard about some of them in the committee—but are there specific challenges that ought to be highlighted and that we should start to think about now?



Finance Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gavin Brown

I will stick with Colin Borland for a moment. You have made your VAT point. The primary concerns are about whether the VAT is on production or consumption and avoiding a second return. On other taxes such as income tax and APD, are there are any specific issues that ought to be highlighted at this stage?



Finance Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gavin Brown

I will ask the CBI a similar question. What are your members saying to you about what they know is coming? Are there specific things that they are concerned about or see as obstacles that we need to think about?



Finance Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gavin Brown

I ask the same question of Scottish Chambers of Commerce.



Finance Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gavin Brown

So that I can understand better the forecast point, what does the word “forecast” mean in terms of time? Is it the forecast for the next monthly report or the next quarterly report? I assume that it is not a forecast for April 2016, so is there a timeframe?



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
6. Gavin Brown (Lothian) (Con)

To ask the Scottish Government what the budget priorities are in 2015-16 for the culture, Europe and external affairs portfolio. (S4O-03926)



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gavin Brown

According to the Scottish Parliament information centre, the portfolio has gone from having 1 per cent of the total Scottish budget in 2010-11 to 0.8 per cent and now, in 2015-16, to 0.7 per cent. Why is that?



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Gavin Brown (Lothian) (Con)

If, as Mr Swinney maintains, the design has been copied exactly, why have we had forestalling?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-12154.1 Lewis Macdonald: Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) – Supporting Indivi
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NoDefeated

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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AbstainCarried

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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YesDefeated

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

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

Selection of John Pentland MSP for appointment to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.
YesCarried

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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AbstainCarried

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Motion S4M-12034.3: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11993.4: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 07/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11386.1: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 03/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11332.1: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10769.1.1: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10430.2: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 23/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10353.2: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 17/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09926.4: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 06/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09462: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08769.3: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-24140: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-24141: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-24062: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-24064: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-24034: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-24031: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03926: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23753: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23716: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03869: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16/12/2014 Show Full Question >>

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