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Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Murdo Fraser

We are going backwards in relation to the target, which will now need to be met within two years. What assessment has the Scottish Government made of the cost of meeting the target?



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
1. Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife) (Con)

To ask the Scottish Government whether it is on track to meet its fuel poverty eradication target. (S4O-03841)



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The Convener

With that, we move into private. Thank you.

11:01 Meeting continued in private until 11:08.  

 

 



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The Convener (Murdo Fraser)

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the 30th and final meeting in 2014 of the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee. I welcome all members and remind those present to turn off mobile phones, electronic devices and iPads. For those of you who might be playing Candy Crush, that is not appropriate.

Item 1 is to ask whether the committee is content to take item 3 in private.

Members indicated agreement.



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Murdo Fraser

Will the member take an intervention on that point?



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Murdo Fraser

We need to move on from talking about the constitution. People in Scotland had their say on September 18, and it is now time to make devolution work better and to build a grown-up Parliament for grown-up politicians.



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Murdo Fraser

On land and buildings transaction tax, the Scottish Government brought forward its proposals, which were gazumped by the chancellor last week. Many Scottish house buyers will be put at a competitive disadvantage come April, unless the Scottish Government has a rethink. Let us hear what it is going to do about that.

We also need to know what the Scottish Government proposes for income tax. The First Minister has hinted that there might be an increase in the top rate. That is a political choice that she and her party are free to make, but they need to be careful. There are some 13,000 individuals in Scotland paying the top rate of tax, very many of whom work cross-border with a base in London or elsewhere, as well as in Scotland. It will not take much for them to relocate their tax residency elsewhere, so an increase in the top rate of tax might well lead to a fall in the tax take.

Those are the debates that I am looking forward to having in the chamber. All parties can set out their ideas on taxation and welfare spending. Some will argue for higher taxes, and some will argue for lower taxes. The Smith commission allows us to have the proper rounded political debate that we have been missing for the past 15 years, and in which politicians in this Parliament will be properly financially accountable for their decisions.



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Murdo Fraser

No. I need to make some progress.

I understand that the SNP wanted independence, but that is precisely what the Scottish people rejected not three months ago by a comprehensive margin. Short of that, the SNP now says that it wants devo max which, as the SNP defines it, is essentially independence by another name and does not exist, along the lines that the SNP proposes, in a single federal country anywhere in the world.

We need to move on from talking about what further powers the Scottish Parliament might have to discussing what we are actually going to do with the powers that we currently have, and with those that are to be devolved, to build the stronger Scotland that we all want.

Last week, I spoke in the chamber about air passenger duty. For years, we have had to listen to SNP members in the chamber, in committee and on public platforms demanding devolution of air passenger duty and decrying its negative impact on Scottish tourism. It is now time for the SNP to tell us what it wants to do with that tax, which is being devolved. In the white paper we were told that in the event of a yes vote APD would be cut by 50 per cent within the next Parliamentary session. That could have been at any point in the next six years—and, of course, people voted no. What is now to happen to APD? If it is as bad a tax as the SNP has claimed in the past, will the Government move quickly to cut or eliminate it? The SNP needs to tell us. There was no clarity at all on the issue from John Swinney when he was questioned by Gavin Brown earlier in the debate.



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Murdo Fraser

I think that Jim Eadie will find from the Scottish Parliament information centre that the figure is more than 50 per cent. That puts us near the top of all the devolved subnational Governments in the western world.

Let us be in no doubt. When the SNP decries the powers that have been proposed by the Smith commission and claims that they are not extensive, it is simply misrepresenting the position and trying to con the public into thinking that what is proposed is insignificant. One thing that we could have predicted with 100 per cent accuracy before the Smith commission published its proposals was that the SNP would say that the proposals are not enough. True to form, that is exactly what the SNP is now saying, and it is ignoring the international evidence on how extensive the powers are in relation to those in other countries.



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Murdo Fraser

No. Let me make some progress.

Just so that we are clear, I say that the additional tax powers will mean that the Scottish Parliament will raise, as a percentage of total tax revenue, more than subnational Governments in Greece, Portugal, Ireland, France, Italy, Norway, Austria, Belgium, the Netherlands, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, and Spain. It will also raise more than states in federal countries including the US, Germany, and Australia. That is an extensive set of powers.

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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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NoCarried

S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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NoCarried

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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NoCarried

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Motion S4M-11887: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11756.1: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 01/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11741: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 27/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11670: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11574: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11440: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 05/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11382: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 31/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10744: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 06/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10712.2: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10720: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 04/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-23754: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23755: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 18/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23702: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23704: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23703: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 16/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23591: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 09/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03841: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 08/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23569: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 08/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-23555: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 05/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4O-03801: Murdo Fraser, Mid Scotland and Fife, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 01/12/2014 Show Full Question >>

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