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Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Kenneth Gibson (Cunninghame North) (SNP)

The minister will be aware that this month Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd and Caledonian MacBrayne will place a notice in the Official Journal of the European Union indicating their plans to order a new Ardrossan to Brodick ferry. Can he confirm that the specification will be for a hybrid ferry, that the contract will be placed next spring and that building the vessel will be well within the capability and capacity of Ferguson’s in Port Glasgow?



Meeting of the Parliament 09 October 2014 : Thursday, October 09, 2014
Kenneth Gibson (Cunninghame North) (SNP)

I warmly welcome the positive statement from the cabinet secretary. However, as convener of the Finance Committee, I record my concern that, as the cabinet secretary sets the rates and bands for the new devolved taxes, we still have no clear indication from the Treasury as to what impact that will have on the Scottish block grant because of the UK Government’s failure to address adequately the issue of the block grant adjustment. Does the cabinet secretary agree that UK Treasury politicking not only stands in stark contrast to the constructive approach that the Scottish Government has taken to the taxes, but raises concerns over the delivery of further devolved taxes, as promised by the unionist parties?



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener (Kenneth Gibson)

Welcome to the 25th meeting in 2014 of the Finance Committee. I remind everyone to turn off mobile phones and other electronic devices.

We have received apologies from Malcolm Chisholm.

Our first item of business is to decide whether to take item 5 in private. Do members agree to do so?

Members indicated agreement.



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

Our second item of business is evidence from Professor David Bell and David Eiser from the University of Stirling’s division of economics, on their recently published paper, “Scotland’s Fiscal Future in the UK”.

The paper was circulated to members in advance of today’s meeting, so we will go straight to questions from the committee. As usual, I will start the questioning process.

Before we start, I point out that we have a full agenda today and are likely to be pressed for time. I therefore have to restrict each member’s questioning to no more than 10 minutes. I will also try to adhere to that timescale. I say to John Mason that that means no meandering when it comes to his turn. Either or both of our witnesses may answer questions that are put. It is completely up to them.

On options for further fiscal devolution, the third paragraph of page 5 of the paper says:

“The Labour Party’s proposals are somewhat more modest, amounting to an extension to the Scotland Act, so that the devolved part of income tax increases from 10p at each rate to 15p. The proposals also allow the Scottish Government to vary the progressivity of income tax, albeit in a fairly restrictive way”.

Any variation, of course, would be done so as not to reduce that progressivity. How would those proposals advantage or disadvantage Scotland?



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

In his evidence to the committee, Professor McGregor suggested that a higher rate here, which could not be reduced, than in the rest of the UK, could cost Scotland 2 per cent of its gross domestic product and 75,000 jobs. Is that accurate or an exaggeration?



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

The devo more recommendation is that half the VAT revenues that are raised in Scotland should be assigned to the Scottish Parliament. In that situation, would Scotland have a say in setting the rate?



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

I am aware of that, but what is suggested is that maybe half the VAT receipts could be assigned to Scotland. In that case, would we have a role in setting the rate, even though there would not be a different rate in Scotland?



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

We will move swiftly on. Your paper states:

“Corporation Tax has been proposed for devolution by DevoPlus on the basis that economic and business development are devolved policy areas, although most proposals recognise the risks inherent in devolving corporation tax, namely the fact that the high mobility of the tax base may trigger tax competition.”

However, surely there is already corporation tax competition right across the world. It almost looks as though you are referring to the issue only within the British Isles, as if somehow the rest of the world is not significant to the discussion.



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

How does the USA cope with varying corporation tax rates across the country?



Finance Committee 08 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 08, 2014
The Convener

There is an issue about whether there can be different corporation tax rates in different states. Clearly that is possible. How does the USA ensure that it does not have issues about tax competition such as those that were raised during the referendum campaign and that you touch on in your paper? Obviously, there must be an element of competition, but how does the USA ensure that the system works effectively?

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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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