John Swinney MSP

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John Swinney MSP

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  • Member for: Perthshire North
  • Region: Mid Scotland and Fife
  • Party: Scottish National Party

John is a member of the following Committees:

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Parliamentary Activities

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Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy (John Swinney)

We had nothing to do with it.



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy (John Swinney)

Here we go. Same old, same old.



Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
John Swinney

For Scotland to be an independent country, it would require to have all the necessary skills and capabilities at its disposal to exercise all functions properly and effectively. I assure Mr Brodie that, as we take forward the additional responsibilities that we have—we are doing that in relation to land and buildings transaction tax and landfill tax—we are acquiring the skills and expertise to exercise those functions properly. That will continue to be the Scottish Government’s approach as we acquire further responsibilities.



Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy (John Swinney)

The Scottish Government will continue to build on its reputation for fiscal competence in implementing the limited tax and spending powers that were recommended for devolution by the Smith commission. Those powers will be exercised within a fiscal framework that provides an equitable settlement for both the Scottish and United Kingdom Governments.



Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
John Swinney

In scrutiny terms, the Scottish Parliament has always followed the practices to which Mr Mason referred in his initial question, dating back to one of the bills that we passed in 1999-2000—the Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Bill—in which we recognised the importance of effective financial scrutiny. From where I am sitting, it certainly feels as if there is effective scrutiny of the financial commitments that the Government makes, but we are always willing to pursue any suggestions that are made on that. From my experience as a member of the House of Commons, I would say that there is significantly greater scrutiny of financial provisions in this Parliament than there ever was in the House of Commons.



Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy (John Swinney)

Over the summer, I engaged extensively on our budget priorities with a wide range of stakeholders, including our partners in local government, the trade unions, business organisations, the third sector and those with low-carbon interests. Since it was published on 9 October, the 2015-16 draft budget has been on the agenda of more than 40 Scottish Parliament committee meetings and has been the subject of at least a dozen ministerial evidence sessions.

I have written to the finance spokespeople of the main parties in the Scottish Parliament to seek their views on the draft budget, and I hope to meet each of them in the new year to discuss it. I am always open to discussion on how the process can be improved, but I believe that most stakeholders and parliamentarians south of the border would consider the comprehensive consultation and scrutiny process that I have just outlined a strong proposition.



Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
John Swinney

I agree with Mary Fee that, if an assessment is made that an individual requires some adaptation in their home to support safer independent living, they should be able to secure it in a credible timescale, and the timescales that she just read out are not credible. I will look at the matter carefully and discuss it with the Minister for Housing and Welfare. If I can offer particular additional support to the work that I am sure Ms Fee is doing, I will certainly do that.



Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy (John Swinney)

I confirm that the £10 million of funding available in 2014-15 for registered social landlords to deliver adaptations to help older and disabled people to live at home independently and safely will be maintained in 2015-16.



Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
John Swinney

I agree unreservedly with Dr Simpson that the living wage is the most effective way to tackle poverty and inequality. The Government has led from the front by paying the living wage to our staff, ensuring that it is paid to public sector workers who are covered by our pay policy and taking forward mechanisms that are supportable in law. Dr Simpson and I have heard all the debates about the advice of the European Commission and the advice that we have. We have taken steps in law to negotiate contracts that provide for the payment of the living wage. We have managed to secure that most recently in relation to the Government’s catering and cleaning contracts.

Last week in the national economic forum, we led a debate on the importance of extending the living wage across the private sector. I am delighted to say that that received a strong and positive endorsement from many private sector organisations that were in attendance and that it resulted in some companies changing their practice.

The Government will continue to take forward such work in concert with the Poverty Alliance, with which we work closely on such questions.



Meeting of the Parliament 17 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 17, 2014
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy (John Swinney)

As I announced on 3 December, the Barnett consequentials arising from the increase in UK Government health spending will be passed on in full to the national health service in Scotland.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

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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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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S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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Motion S4M-11830.2: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11827: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11716: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11311: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 27/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10822: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10769: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10756: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10555: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/07/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10430: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 23/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10325: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 12/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S2O-12498: John Swinney, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/03/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-31491: John Swinney, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/01/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-31492: John Swinney, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/01/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-31428: John Swinney, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/01/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-31427: John Swinney, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 26/01/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-31403: John Swinney, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/01/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-31400: John Swinney, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/01/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-31399: John Swinney, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/01/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-31401: John Swinney, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/01/2007 Show Full Question >>
Question S2W-31402: John Swinney, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/01/2007 Show Full Question >>

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