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Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
Michael McMahon

I invite the cabinet secretary to congratulate Christina McKelvie on her honesty at the Scottish National Party conference at the weekend, when she admitted that the council tax freeze, being regressive, has benefited wealthy people in her area. Is the cabinet secretary going to disappoint Christina McKelvie by changing the current system and considering a more progressive system than the current regressive council tax freeze?



Meeting of the Parliament 20 November 2014 : Thursday, November 20, 2014
9. Michael McMahon (Uddingston and Bellshill) (Lab)

To ask the Scottish Government when it plans to replace the council tax with a local income tax. (S4O-03729)



Finance Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Michael McMahon

I accept that, but in your paper you seemed to be making the argument on the principle that the extraction rates and global prices would not be under the control of the Scottish Government and saying that that is why oil and gas taxation should not be devolved. The argument now is that it is better handled at the macro level.



Finance Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Michael McMahon

Professor Trench, in looking at some of the taxes that could be either devolved or assigned, you say that you do not think that oil and gas revenues are suitable for either. You say that that is primarily because the receipts

“are determined by such factors as the extraction rate and global oil prices”.

However, the UK does not have control over extraction rates and global oil prices, so why would the lack of control be a barrier?



Finance Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Michael McMahon

It all sounds very simplistic as well.



Finance Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Michael McMahon

I understand the principle of that, but who is going to make the decisions about the raising of the debt? If Scotland is going to have to increase its expenditure to meet the interest on that debt but does not want to spend the money in that direction, how would you resolve that issue?



Finance Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Michael McMahon

It is clear if you look at it from that perspective. Looking at it from the other side of the coin, if the UK wanted to increase debt but Scotland did not want to do so, would Scotland have to raise taxes that it did not want to raise in order to pay for the debt that the UK Government had taken on?



Finance Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Michael McMahon

Would some complexity come into the system in that the Scottish Government would have to be asked to contribute if there was to be an increase in the debt that the UK Government took on?



Finance Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Michael McMahon

So Scotland would have to be allocated its share of debt to pay at the same time.



Finance Committee 19 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Michael McMahon

Your children were using your ready reckoner—is that built into the calculations or would you have to buy them a magic set to get rid of the Barnett formula at the same time?

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S4M-11567.2 Margaret Mitchell: Lowering the Drink Drive Limit—As an amendment to motion S4M-11567 in
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NoCarried

S4M-11507.1 Cameron Buchanan: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—
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NoDefeated

S4M-11507 Angela Constance: Progressive Workplace Policies to Boost Productivity, Growth and Jobs—Th
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YesCarried

S4M-11494.3 Jackie Baillie: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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S4M-11494.2 Alex Johnstone: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—As an amendment to
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NoDefeated

S4M-11494 Margaret Burgess: Welfare Benefits for People Living with Disabilities—That the Parliament
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NoCarried

S4M-11484.1 Jackson Carlaw: Human Rights—As an amendment to motion S4M-11484 in the name of Roseanna
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Motion S4M-11220: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11175: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 09/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10370: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10129: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 26/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09800: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 23/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09594: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 02/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09190: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, On Behalf of Welfare Reform Committee, Date Lodged: 27/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08873: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 28/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08793: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08713: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 06/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4O-03779: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 24/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23199: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03729: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03671: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 03/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03621: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 20/10/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03581: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 29/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03553: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 22/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03514: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 15/09/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22081: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/07/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-22080: Michael McMahon, Uddingston and Bellshill, Scottish Labour, Date Lodged: 10/07/2014 Show Full Question >>

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