Gavin Brown MSP

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

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Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Gavin Brown (Lothian) (Con)

I thank the cabinet secretary for the advance copy of his statement.

Let us begin with health. The cabinet secretary announced additional spending of £288 million. However, his statement was slightly different to the one that the First Minister gave at First Minister’s question time today. Does that money meet the actual manifesto commitment that was made by the Government? I am talking not about the commitment that it has subsequently said it made, but the commitment that it made on page 3 of its manifesto, which says:

“We are pledged to protect the NHS budget in Scotland.”

It says nothing about resource and nothing about revenue.



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Gavin Brown

Okay, I will read on.



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Gavin Brown

It goes on to say:

“Scotland’s National Health Service will receive in full the Barnett consequentials from increases in health spending down south.”

That is the end of that section, or pledge, on the NHS in relation to the budget. Does Mr Swinney’s statement meet the commitment on page 3 of the SNP manifesto? No.



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Gavin Brown

That one seems to have gone down well, Presiding Officer.

Secondly, in relation to the tax announcement that he has just made, how can the cabinet secretary justify an eye-watering 10 per cent tax on houses over the value of £250,000?

There are pockets of this country, such as Edinburgh, where family homes for hard-working families cost considerably in excess of that figure. We all understand that the tax increases as houses go up in value, but I think that that 10 per cent is difficult to justify.

Will the cabinet secretary also confirm that the non-residential rates that he read out—3 per cent on anything over £150,000 and 4.5 per cent on anything over £350,000—will make investing in Scotland less competitive than other parts of the UK?

Finally, Presiding Officer—[Interruption.] I still have the First Minister in stereo in my ear, which is making things difficult. It is so nice to see him actually here in the chamber—



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Gavin Brown

Lastly, the cabinet secretary said that this is a budget for business and the economy. He is doing work on internationalisation via the enterprise agencies. However, a year ago he said that those agencies were going to get £400 million, but he now plans to give them £341 million. Will he confirm that he is giving them almost £60 million less than he said he was going to give them a year ago?



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Gavin Brown (Lothian) (Con)

What do we need to do in Scotland to build up our capacity for analysing and ultimately dealing with the concept of behavioural response to taxes?



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Gavin Brown

Who do you envisage doing that? One of the risks with any devolution of tax is that if we get the behavioural response element wrong, we could end up getting not £460 million but a hugely lower figure or, indeed, a hugely higher figure, depending on what happens. Obviously, with experience, we would get better and make fewer mistakes, but my slight concern is that we have to go through all the pain first before we get the hang of it. How could we set things up so that we make as few mistakes as possible early on?



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Gavin Brown

That is helpful. Thank you.

I refer to figure 2 on page 10 of your paper, which is headed “Decentralisation ratios in OECD countries (2010)”. Can either of you talk me through what is going on in that chart?



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Gavin Brown

For the sake of completeness, where would the Scottish Lib Dem proposals appear on figure 2?



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Gavin Brown

Also for the sake of completeness, I note that the figures are from 2010—they are probably the most recent figures that you were able to get. Has anything major changed in any of the countries that would make the graph look markedly different?

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S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 63 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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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 >>
Motion S4M-07872.4: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 01/10/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07734.2: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-22432: Gavin Brown, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
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