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

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Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
The Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth (John Swinney) Thank you, convener. The bill is the third Scottish tax bill that the committee has considered since November 2012; the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Scotland) Act 2013 and the Landfill Tax (Scotland) Act 2014 are now on the statute book and are the first pieces of tax legislation that the Sco...

Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
John Swinney It is a principles-based approach—that is perhaps the best way to sum it up. The policy intention is clear: we are taking all steps, through the bill and the approaches that revenue Scotland will take, to proactively send the message that tax avoidance is unacceptable. In its focus, approach and ope...

Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
John Swinney There is a clear assurance of certainty in the legislation: don’t get involved in tax avoidance. I do not know how more certain it needs to be.



Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
John Swinney As I said in my opening remarks, we have been looking carefully at the evidence that the committee has been hearing, including the points that have been expressed about penalties. We have come to the conclusion that the provisions in the bill on penalties are not as clear and consistent as they coul...

Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
John Swinney There is a variety of choices to be made here—well, I suppose that there are probably two choices: either members of the executive team are on the board, or they are not. I do not suppose that it is any more complicated than that. Either model can work, although one has to be careful because members...

Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
John Swinney The chief executive would have to be at board meetings, but the issue turns on whether the chief executive is a full, defined member of the board. To get down to the sharpest point, the issue at its crudest is that if the chief executive is a board member, it is difficult for the board to have a con...

Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
John Swinney Sustaining that point would not be reasonable. We have put in two essential factors to specify the approach on the general anti-avoidance rule. One is artificiality, which is not very relevant to the example that John Whiting cited. The other is commercial substance, which will be closely connected ...

Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
John Swinney Much of this goes back to the point that the convener raised with me at the outset about where the principles lie. Unless I have misinterpreted where it is on these questions, I think that Parliament has a maximalist position on tackling tax avoidance. That is how it feels to me in answering questio...

Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
John Swinney I am sorry but, if you will forgive me, I should add that there are other steps that a taxpayer could take to challenge the decisions of revenue Scotland. If revenue Scotland takes a decision and a taxpayer does not like it, there are mechanisms of challenge that they can pursue, which give a statut...

Finance Committee 02 April 2014 : Wednesday, April 02, 2014
John Swinney On that point, I would be open to considering whether the arrangements that we have in place pass the test that Mr Chisholm has just raised, which is a fair one. The basis of appeal would have to be on a point of law, which I do not think is a particularly new requirement for accessing the appeal sy...
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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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S4M-09558 Jim Hume: Improving Scotland’s Mental Health—That the Parliament notes that one in four ad
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S4M-09547.1 Jackson Carlaw: Scotland, A Good Global Citizen—As an amendment to motion S4M-09547 in t
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S4M-09482.1 Jackie Baillie: Child Poverty—As an amendment to motion S4M-09482 in the name of Margare
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S4M-09482.3 Liz Smith: Child Poverty—As an amendment to motion S4M-09482 in the name of Margaret Bur
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Motion S4M-09578: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09538: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 28/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09462.2: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09375: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09274: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09255: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09210: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09149: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09142: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 24/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08916: John Swinney, Perthshire North, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 31/01/2014 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 >>
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Question S2W-31401: John Swinney, North Tayside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 25/01/2007 Show Full Question >>
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