Gavin Brown MSP

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

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Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Gavin Brown (Lothian) (Con)

When will the next Scottish Government “Oil and Gas Analytical Bulletin” be published?



Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Gavin Brown

I said “day 1”. The minister did not listen to the question.



Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Gavin Brown (Lothian) (Con)

Other than just saying, “Reduce it,” what is the Scottish Government’s specific policy for day 1 of devolved APD?



Meeting of the Parliament 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Gavin Brown (Lothian) (Con)

I thank the Deputy First Minister for advance sight of his statement and I apologise to him and Parliament for missing the opening minute.

I have a couple of questions. First, how much of the autumn statement’s consequentials come from measures related to business rates?

Secondly, I give a cautious welcome to the Deputy First Minister’s announcement on the business rates incentivisation scheme, although obviously I want to see the detail. He mentioned that targets have been set for 2014-15 onwards, but will he say what happened to financial year 2013-14?

The Deputy First Minister talked about local government having expenditure of £10.85 billion next year, whereas the draft budget says £10.75  billion. Will he explain the difference between those two figures?

Finally, the Deputy First Minister normally mentions the local government share of Scottish Government spending. Has the share for 2015-16 gone down from that in 2014-15, has it gone up or has it remained the same?



Finance Committee 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Gavin Brown

I am grateful for your answers.



Finance Committee 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Gavin Brown

The last issue that I want to ask about is income tax. The panel members have put forward some pretty strong views about why the Smith commission agreement on income tax should be implemented alongside the Scottish rate of income tax, and then some strong reasons why we might want to delay implementation slightly from the current date of 2016. Do your organisations have a view on when the Smith income tax proposals should be implemented? You have outlined both sides of the argument cogently, but ultimately do your organisations have a view on the correct year for the devolution of income tax bands and rates?



Finance Committee 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Gavin Brown

I think that it was Elspeth Orcharton who put some numbers on the revenue resulting from ATED—it was a low figure of about £1 million. Is that because the threshold is set at £2 million? Will the tax become more relevant as the rate comes down to £500,000?



Finance Committee 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Gavin Brown

So are you recommending that in April 2015, on the same day that stamp duty land tax is switched off in Scotland, ATED, too, should be switched off?



Finance Committee 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Gavin Brown

I was interested in your comments on ATED, which is something that I have not yet thought about too deeply; indeed, I am not sure whether the rest of the committee has done so. Am I right in saying that, in strict legal terms, it is a separate tax, but in conceptual terms, SDLT and ATED are one and the same?



Finance Committee 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Gavin Brown

Moving on to a couple of points raised in the Law Society submission, I note that the convener—or it might have been the deputy convener—asked about gift aid. Are the gift aid issues that arise under the Scottish rate of income tax different from those that would arise under the Smith commission proposals? Is it just the same issue, magnified slightly?

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S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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NoCarried

S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825.2 Jamie McGrigor: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the
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S4M-11825.1 Tavish Scott: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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AbstainCarried

S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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NoCarried

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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 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 >>
Question S4W-23516: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 03/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03819: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 03/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
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-23106: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 11/11/2014 Show Full Question >>

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