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Meeting of the Parliament 22 April 2014 : Tuesday, April 22, 2014
John Mason (Glasgow Shettleston) (SNP) I congratulate Alison Johnstone on securing the debate and commend what she is saying. Would it be a good route for clubs to go down—as Clyde, which is fan owned, has done—to have no debt built into their constitution, so that they cannot borrow?



Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
John Mason One of the extra costs is for the introduction of tribunals. Presumably there will be a saving to somebody if the present tribunal system is no longer being used by Scotland. If there is a saving to the UK system, might that affect the block grant adjustment?



Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
John Mason So, if we had used HMRC, the costs would probably have been at least the same or potentially even higher.



Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
John Mason That is helpful.

Earlier, we took evidence on the financial memorandum and, in particular, on the point that, on the basic costs, which I accept were set out some time ago, HMRC’s quote was somewhat higher than revenue Scotland’s. Since then, things have developed and we are doing what I ...

Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
John Mason Mr Chisholm said that he was not going to discuss the reasonableness test, but I quite like it, so let us have a wee go at it. Mr Whiting gave evidence on it. One of the contrasts that was made by some professional groups is that we use the word “reasonable” only once, but in the UK there is a doubl...

Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
John Mason One of your arguments, which I have to say I agree with, is that we should move to a more principles-based approach, rather than the letter of the law, which would be a slight move away from Westminster. We have had evidence that other countries are even more radical in some aspects and, for example...

Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
John Mason One of the professional advisers said that most taxpayers want to pay the correct amount of tax. I have to say that I was not completely convinced of that—I was slightly more sceptical. Do you have a view on that?



Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
John Mason That is great. Thanks very much.

We have already touched on anti-avoidance measures, uncertainty and other issues of that nature. A lot of people to whom we have spoken have asked for certainty. You have already commented that that can provide a loophole or a means by which people can get...

Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
John Mason I echo what Jamie Hepburn said. My preference—and probably the preference of other committee members—would be to restrict privilege rather than extend it. That might be an easier answer. I would personally find it acceptable if the legal profession’s privilege was restricted tightly to legal matters...

Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
John Mason As Mr Hepburn has raised the issue of the professions, let us go there again. I should declare that I am a member of ICAS. I see from The Herald this week that there are 14 MSPs with a background in the legal profession. However, I may be the only one with an accountancy background, so I am in a min...
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S4M-09748.1 Patricia Ferguson: Scotland’s Voice in the EU—As an amendment to motion S4M-09748 in the
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S4M-09748.2 Annabel Goldie: Scotland’s Voice in the EU—As an amendment to motion S4M-09748 in the na
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S4M-09748 Fiona Hyslop: Scotland’s Voice in the EU—That the Parliament recognises the importance of
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S4M-09557.2 Kenny MacAskill: Stop and Search—As an amendment to motion S4M-09557 in the name of Alis
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S4M-09557 Alison McInnes: Stop and Search—That the Parliament notes that stop and search is an opera
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S4M-09558.2 Michael Matheson: Improving Scotland’s Mental Health—As an amendment to motion S4M-09558
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S4M-09558.1 Richard Simpson: Improving Scotland’s Mental Health—As an amendment to motion S4M-09558
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Motion S4M-09745: John Mason, Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09724: John Mason, Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09554: John Mason, Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09552.1: John Mason, Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08983: John Mason, Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08668: John Mason, Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 19/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08604: John Mason, Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08296: John Mason, Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/11/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08073: John Mason, Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/10/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07989: John Mason, Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/10/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03096: John Mason, Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/03/2014 Show Full Question >>
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Question S4O-02754: John Mason, Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 16/12/2013 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-18918: John Mason, Glasgow Shettleston, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 13/12/2013 Show Full Question >>
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