Gavin Brown MSP

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

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Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 Business until 12:00 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
Gavin Brown

I thank the cabinet secretary for that answer, and congratulate him on his new role as Deputy First Minister for Scotland.

Does the Scottish Government support the continuation of the below-inflation cap on increases for non-domestic rates?



Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 Business until 12:00 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
4. Gavin Brown (Lothian) (Con)

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has in respect of the non-domestic rates system. (S4O-03754)



Finance Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Gavin Brown

I repeat that I do not expect an immediate answer to this question but, if we add on all of welfare and automatically exclude VAT, even if we devolve every single aspect of every other tax, can we actually get to the principle of raising 100 per cent? Is it a principle that broadly ought to be achieved, or are you saying that 100 per cent must be achieved in order for your group to be satisfied?



Finance Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Gavin Brown

As regards the principle of being responsible for raising what you spend, a question came into my head just as you were responding. I do not have the figures in front of me, and you might not have an answer right now, but if we stick to the principle of Scotland raising 100 per cent of what it spends, which I guess represents your group’s view, and we add all of welfare and benefits on to current Scottish Government expenditure, that will mean adding £16.4 billion on to the £38 billion. You automatically exclude VAT, which I think would mean removing about £10 billion from the £53 billion.



Finance Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Gavin Brown

Thank you.

Mr Thomson, I have two questions for you. The first is on the principle of being responsible for raising what you spend. The convener asked whether you believe that that should apply at local government level as well, and I think that you indicated that that was your view.

You raised an interesting point. If we look at the taxes that local government currently collects, we have the council tax, which is about £2 billion, and business rates, at just over £2 billion. Your view is that the council tax freeze should be removed, so council tax would increase. Business rates could probably go up, but I suspect that there would be a limit to how much they could go up, and the total amount would not be much above £4 billion. At present, local government expenditure is between £10 billion and £11 billion. Has your organisation looked in any detail at how that gap might be plugged? What sort of taxes are you talking about, or is it more a general principle at this stage?



Finance Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Gavin Brown

That is helpful—thank you.

If income tax was to be devolved in its entirety, your preference would be for HMRC to work at a national level rather than passing the responsibility to Revenue Scotland. If that were to happen, you argue that there would have to be substantial changes to how HMRC operates and who it is accountable to.



Finance Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Gavin Brown

I think that most of the issues have been covered, but I have some brief questions. The first is for Professor Trench. When you talked about block grant adjustment, I found your suggestion of impartial mediation attractive. However, in order for that to work, whoever was making the decision would have to be completely impartial and to have incredible knowledge of the inner workings of the financial system and sufficient gravitas for everyone to abide by the result. In your view, do such people exist?



Finance Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Gavin Brown

I am grateful. Thank you.



Finance Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Gavin Brown

You have been asked a couple of questions on corporation tax. I want to go a bit deeper into one of the answers that you gave to Malcolm Chisholm. You said that, ultimately, we could have what you described as a Holtham solution, part of which might be intergovernmental co-operation to agree a broad framework. You said that corporation tax could be varied by plus or minus X per cent. That is an interesting idea, but if X is a huge number, various jurisdictions might rail against it, and if it is a small number, we could argue that it might not make any difference. In theory, we could say exactly what you said, but in practice, do you foresee a situation where that X per cent could be big enough to make an impact but small enough that it would not cause disharmony amongst jurisdictions?



Finance Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Gavin Brown

Your answer to my next question has probably been implicit in what you have already said. Some of those who are in favour of VAT assignment have said that the entire portion should be assigned and others have said that a percentage should be assigned. Do you have a view on whether it should be the entire portion or a fraction of it?

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S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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YesCarried

S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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YesDefeated

S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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NoCarried

S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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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 >>
Motion S4M-08714.4: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 07/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08551: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 09/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03772: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 26/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23255: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23254: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03754: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23105: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4W-23104: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03703: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03635: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 29/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03608: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 21/10/2014 Show Full Question >>

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