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Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Jean Urquhart (Highlands and Islands) (Ind)

I would like to acknowledge the increase in money for housing. The fact that the cabinet secretary was honest enough to say that the money came from the enterprise budgets—Scottish Enterprise and, presumably, Highlands and Islands Enterprise—is welcome because, in the region that I represent, economic development is often seen as starting not with 150 or 400 houses but with four or five houses, which is enough to make a difference.

I ask that that fact is given some consideration in the spread of the money, because building just two houses in small communities in the Highlands and Islands can often make the difference in keeping a small builder and a number of other people in work and in regenerating the economy.



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Jean Urquhart (Highlands and Islands) (Ind)

From reading the paper, it seems to me that you have dispensed with the idea of the vow, which other political parties have made, that the Barnett formula will remain untouched. Is that correct?



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Jean Urquhart

In several parts of your paper you suggest that we are dealt with generously, and that that largesse is more or less because of the oil. However, the reality is that we have contributed far more in oil revenues than has ever come back to us through the Barnett formula.



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Jean Urquhart

That is the implication in your paper, but I think that it has been challenged and found wanting—that is my point. You link the relatively generous block grant to oil, but others say that about £150 billion has not come back. We will leave it there.

On reading your paper, I feel that we are a bit hamstrung. We agree that devolution of income tax does not leave Scotland in a better place and that the word “power” might be a bit strong in that regard. Real power would be power over taxation. Should we argue for that?



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Jean Urquhart

Did you not make the case in your paper that there would be constraints because we would still be tied to an economic approach that is set around the London area, and the financial sector in particular?



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Jean Urquhart

If you were to write a paper from the perspective of showing the powers that Scotland needs to grow its economy and develop industries, would you say that it needs the power to create taxes and impose them on different aspects of industries in Scotland?



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Jean Urquhart

With devolved income tax, it would be clear that we should develop the financial sector, because it provides the highest income from tax revenues. Is that right?



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Jean Urquhart

Your paper refers to the UK as though it is a really well-functioning monetary union and suggests that somehow there is an advantage to being tied to it. Is that really what you think?



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Jean Urquhart

Okay—thank you.



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
Jean Urquhart

CPPs are relatively new and in the early days not everyone was wildly enthusiastic about them. I think that Lynn Brown used the word “trust”, which is important. Given that the process is slow and difficult, do people feel that it is worth while, in spite of the huge difficulties? Michael McMahon said that there is frustration about tick-box systems. When discussions take place, do people generally trust one another to get over the problem? Do you bend the system to make it fit what you want to do?

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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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