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Finance Committee 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Jamie Hepburn (Cumbernauld and Kilsyth) (SNP)

I thank the commission very much for its work. You have been able to “endorse as reasonable” the Scottish Government’s forecasts. On that basis, I will return briefly to the difference between the Scottish Government and OBR forecasts. The convener explored that fairly thoroughly but, for absolute clarity, I will go back to the points that Professor Leith made about the difference in forecast methodology. Is the difference explained simply by the fact that the OBR comes to a UK assessment and then apportions a proportionate share of that to Scotland?



Finance Committee 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Jamie Hepburn

Does the OBR apportion Scotland’s share on the basis of Scotland’s population equating to just under 9 per cent of the UK population?



Finance Committee 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Jamie Hepburn

The OBR still appears to think that the Scottish market will be more buoyant than the Scottish Government thinks it will be.



Finance Committee 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Jamie Hepburn

The convener touched on the frustration that is felt at not having access to data, which is a major theme of your report. You have suggested that the situation should improve over time, but how long will that time be?



Finance Committee 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Jamie Hepburn

Maybe it is unfair to ask you the next question—feel free to dodge it.



Finance Committee 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Jamie Hepburn

Feel free to answer the question if you want. You have not heard it yet, but it is not that difficult.

It has been suggested that there should be a dedicated statistical agency for Scotland to look at data not just in the area that you are looking at but more widely. Would that be useful for your commission, for other public bodies, for the public at large and for parliamentarians?



Finance Committee 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Jamie Hepburn

You say in your report that you

“would welcome feedback from any reader”.

I hope that I have got the terminology right, but I believe that Professor Leith previously talked about peer review. Have you had any such feedback?



Finance Committee 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Jamie Hepburn

I was not necessarily suggesting a formal peer review. In any case, you essentially answered my question when you said that you had sent the report to the OBR. People are looking at this and you are getting feedback.



Finance Committee 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Jamie Hepburn

I return to the issue that the convener raised about the part of Professor McLean’s paper in which he suggests that control of North Sea oil should be the first candidate for further tax devolution. That tallies with evidence given by the Chartered Institute of Taxation and by chartered accountants in England and Wales to the Treasury Select Committee yesterday. My question is not meant facetiously; it is quite genuine. I presume that you do not literally mean the North Sea, but that we should control taxation of resources that are within Scottish jurisdiction.



Finance Committee 29 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Jamie Hepburn

That is okay, but it does beget a more serious question. Control of tax is all well and good, but should we also control the licensing regime for the extraction of such resources?

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11332.2 Jenny Marra: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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S4M-11332.1 Gavin Brown: Supported Business—As an amendment to motion S4M-11332 in the name of Fergu
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NoDefeated

S4M-11332 Fergus Ewing: Supported Business—That the Parliament recognises the economic and social va
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YesCarried

S4M-11304.3 Michael Russell: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—As an amendment to mo
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YesCarried

S4M-11304 Liz Smith: Addressing the Attainment Gap in Scottish Schools—That the Parliament believes
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YesCarried

S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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YesCarried

S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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YesCarried

S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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YesCarried

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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YesCarried

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Motion S4M-10681: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10537: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10387: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10280: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09496: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09452: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09421: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 20/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09337: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09278: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09249: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4T-00803: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03593: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 30/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03563: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03531: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22406: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03481: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03454: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/08/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03407: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21733: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/06/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-21679: Jamie Hepburn, Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/06/2014 Show Full Question >>

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