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Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
Patrick Harvie

If we are ever going to see a meaningful, robust and legally binding agreement come out of this process, it is vital that wealthy, developed countries—particularly those that are still precariously dependent on the production of the very fossil fuels that have brought the climate into such global peril—are able to make commitments of the kind that the First Minister refers to, so the Scottish Government is right to attend those talks and to demonstrate that commitment. However, that commitment is only credible if we start meeting the targets rather than just setting them. What policy changes does the First Minister think are necessary from the Scottish Government to start meeting those targets and rebuilding our credibility on climate change?



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
6. Patrick Harvie (Glasgow) (Green)

I associate the Green and Independent group of MSPs with the comments made regarding the terrible crimes in Pakistan and Australia. I also offer our congratulations to Kezia Dugdale on her election.

To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s position is on the agreement that was reached at the climate change talks in Lima. (S4F-02497)



Meeting of the Parliament 16 December 2014 : Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Patrick Harvie (Glasgow) (Green)

Both Mary Fee and the minister have recognised that the situation with rent levels is not the same in all parts of the country. Does that variation not reinforce the argument that a different policy response on rent levels would be appropriate in different parts of the country? There may well be places where the market, without any kind of intervention, is ticking along nicely and satisfactorily and other areas where the market is deeply damaging to people’s economic wellbeing, which has a knock-on effect on their health. Surely we should be going in the direction of a rental policy that recognises regional variations.



Meeting of the Parliament 11 December 2014 : Thursday, December 11, 2014
Patrick Harvie (Glasgow) (Green)

I know that, on these occasions, there is always a bit of local pleading, but I point out that Glasgow and Edinburgh will both have significant reductions in their funding against an overall increase for local government. Other than the councils in our two biggest cities, almost every other council will have at least some increase. Will the Deputy First Minister explain for my constituents why the figures for Glasgow and Edinburgh stand out so starkly?



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Patrick Harvie

I am grateful to Gavin Brown for taking an intervention. Most things in life carry some significance. Does Gavin Brown think that it is significant that some people saw fit to do the hokey cokey with the welfare system?



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Patrick Harvie

I agree with the member’s early point that the promise was ill defined; I made that point myself. However, he mentioned the permanence of the Parliament. Does he acknowledge that, in the absence of a written constitution, that cannot be achieved in anything other than a symbolic way? It cannot be legally delivered.



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Patrick Harvie

Others—the SNP, for example—might have in mind purposes that are different from mine in relation to corporation tax. I would argue that, even if we were independent, we should take a European Union-wide approach to the matter to cut loopholes for avoiding tax, and I would certainly like to end the situation in which the aviation industry is one of the most undertaxed industries in this country. I know that Mr Swinney will not agree with that.

Others focus on the purpose of pooling and sharing resources, which flies in the face of what I would call coherent evidence that that is not what the UK economy does successfully. In fact, it does exactly the opposite.

Finally, with regard to the coherence and durability that the commission sought, I have to say that I am doubtful. If, as others have argued, devolution is a process, I do not think that this will be the last bit of progress that we will see. I do not know where that progress will lead to, but I am sure that, in time, the commission’s work will be seen as just one more little step on the road.

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Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Patrick Harvie

That was helpful, and I apologise if I misheard or misinterpreted what was said earlier.

One of the phrases that Labour has consistently used is “powers for a purpose”, and I have argued that that should be relevant to all our approaches to this debate. However, when we think about the powers that should be devolved to this Parliament, we have different purposes in mind. Some focus on the idea of financial accountability, as though the constraints that will still exist as a result of UK Government economic policy will simply lead to economic decisions being implemented on their behalf in Scotland.



Meeting of the Parliament 10 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Patrick Harvie (Glasgow) (Green)

Well, I am shocked. It seems that some people look at the report of the Smith commission and see a promise exceeded or overdelivered, while others look at the same document and say that the promise has been broken and that they are underwhelmed. Who could have guessed that it would end that way?

Of course it was going to end that way, not only because we were on different sides of the independence debate just a couple of months ago but because the report is being measured against a deliberately vague and ill-defined promise. It even avoided using sketchily defined terms such as “devo max”; it used entirely undefined terms and was then pumped up in the media and in town hall debates to make people think that something much more substantial and well defined had been promised.

I want to deal with the issue of whether we all signed off the Smith commission report by signing on the dotted line. If I remember rightly, we were asked to sign one copy as a souvenir for Tavish Scott—and we were happy to do so; I hope that he has had it framed and that it has pride of place on one of his walls—but the formal process was as has been described. It was a negotiation. Obviously, Mr Swinney, Ms Fabiani, I and others would have taken a maximalist approach and would have tried to persuade others to come as far as possible on a range of issues, and some people would have taken a lot of persuasion to come even as far as we have come. The result is that what we have is not a contract or a document that people have signed on the dotted line to indicate that it offers the best for Scotland; it is what came out of a process of haggling and negotiation. Let us accept that that is its nature.

Ruth Davidson has said that this has been a process of fast-forward constitutional reform, but part of the problem in trying to reach the final report and position was that fast-forward approach, the breakneck speed and our inability to take proper reflective evidence or take the time to look at the arguments in depth and reflect on them.

Now that the report has been published, however, the need for a multispeed approach is clear. There will be issues such as votes at 16 that require to be dealt with speedily if we are going to do what the report says that we should be able to do and make the change in time for the 2016 election. That cannot wait for a full package of legislative proposals. However, there are other aspects that cannot be included in the clauses that will be produced by the end of January, because they will require on-going negotiation between the two Governments. For example, the framework for borrowing powers is going to require further detailed negotiation between the two Governments, and it would be quite unreasonable to expect the detail of that to be published by the end of January. As I have said, there will need to be a multispeed approach.

As for Drew Smith’s suggestion that proposing the use of section 30 for votes at 16 is somehow seeking unnecessary grievance—quite the contrary. I think that it simply points out the most sensible and straightforward approach.



Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee 03 December 2014 : Wednesday, December 03, 2014
Patrick Harvie (Glasgow) (Green)

I have nothing additional to the interests that I declared at the beginning of the current session of Parliament, when I was previously a member of the committee. I am a member of several organisations that are likely to give evidence to the committee or have an interest in energy and economy policy. They include Friends of the Earth, Oxfam and the Poverty Alliance. I am also a director of Gala Scotland Ltd, which is a company with charitable status that runs the Glasgay arts festival. That is an unremunerated post, but the organisation applies for small—I would say pitifully small—grants that have a relationship to tourism policy.

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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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YesDefeated

S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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YesCarried

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

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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NoDefeated

S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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YesCarried

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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