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Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
2. Ruth Davidson (Glasgow) (Con)

I think that I might just know the answer to this question.

To ask the First Minister when she will next meet the Prime Minister. (S4F-02532)



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Ruth Davidson

Yesterday, John Swinney announced that he was tearing up his previous rates and bands for the new land and buildings transaction tax and replacing them with more generous rates. He is able to do that because the Conservative-led Government at Westminster has cut stamp duty, which is reflected in Scotland’s block grant. Does the First Minister think that that tax cut, which will help homeowners across the United Kingdom and Scotland, would have happened if Ed Miliband had been Prime Minister?



Meeting of the Parliament 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Ruth Davidson

I will warmly welcome the appearance on the next Conservative leaflet to pop through doors the words, “David Cameron is a deeply popular Prime Minister—so says the First Minister of Scotland.” I have to say, though, that it is strange that the First Minister will happily pass on a Conservative tax cut but wants to help Ed Miliband get into Downing Street so that she can stop such tax cuts taking place.

I want to ask about a point of detail on yesterday’s stamp duty reforms. When John Swinney first announced his rates in October, he said:

“I have decided that the taxes raised should be revenue neutral, raising no more or less than the taxes that they replace.”—[Official Report, 9 October 2014; c 39.]

He repeated that principle several times yesterday in the chamber. Following the chancellor’s tax cut, the Deputy First Minister had an additional £64 million to pass on in yesterday’s budget, but his climb-down amounts to only £53 million. Those numbers were confirmed to us by the Scottish Parliament’s own independent information service this morning. That extra £11 million will have to be paid by home buyers in Scotland. Why has the First Minister not passed on the full £64 million to Scottish taxpayers as promised? What is she planning to do with the other £11 million?



Meeting of the Parliament 15 January 2015 : Thursday, January 15, 2015
2. Ruth Davidson (Glasgow) (Con)

To ask the First Minister when she will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S4F-02515)



Meeting of the Parliament 15 January 2015 : Thursday, January 15, 2015
Ruth Davidson

Two years ago, this Scottish National Party Government started producing a series of oil and gas bulletins to predict the tax revenues from the North Sea. Those bulletins allowed SNP ministers to tell Scotland that

“There can be little doubt that Scotland is moving into a second oil boom.”

We all wish that that was true, but it is not. However, anyone who questioned it was shouted down.

The issue matters because, today, again, the First Minister has confirmed that, after the general election, the Scottish Government wants to get rid of the block grant and use oil to pay for Scotland’s schools and hospitals. We might think, therefore, that it would want figures to show how much revenue that would raise in the coming years. Can the First Minister confirm today that the Scottish Government has now decided to stop publishing those bulletins?



Meeting of the Parliament 15 January 2015 : Thursday, January 15, 2015
Ruth Davidson

I am pleased to hear the First Minister say that the SNP Government is going to produce further oil and gas bulletins. That response seems to be slightly at odds with her oil minister’s answer to a parliamentary question that was lodged by my colleague on 18 December, which did not say the same thing. I am happy to make that answer public through the Scottish Parliament information centre.

I would like to know whether future oil and gas bulletins will use exactly the same methodology as the ones that suggested that there would be a second oil boom for Scotland.

I welcome not just the bulletin but all concrete steps to help the oil and gas industry, including the task force that the First Minister is setting up. However, I note that it seems to be reporting to a body whose stated remit is to allow “rapid response” to oil industry needs, but which has not met in seven months.

When it comes to oil, this Government has inflated the figures for political ends and its response has been insufficient and, frankly, anything but rapid.

Yes—let us all work together on short-term issues. However, given that there is an industry in crisis, jobs are being lost and the governor of the Bank of England is saying that Scotland’s spending is being protected from such a crash, does the First Minister agree that it is only damaging to talk of ripping the industry out of its current UK framework?



Meeting of the Parliament 08 January 2015 : Thursday, January 08, 2015
2. Ruth Davidson (Glasgow) (Con)

I associate the Conservative members with the First Minister’s words regarding yesterday’s atrocity in France. We all stand in solidarity with the people of France and journalists everywhere who reveal, report, challenge and offend. Like them, we know that freedom of speech will never be silenced by gunfire.

To ask the First Minister when she will next meet the Prime Minister. (S4F-02502)



Meeting of the Parliament 08 January 2015 : Thursday, January 08, 2015
Ruth Davidson

Our oil industry needs our support. I welcome the United Kingdom Government’s decision to cut the supplementary charge. It was outlined in the autumn statement and implemented last week. I have already written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for his commitment to a new investment allowance to be implemented within months.

Those are measures of support on which we can all agree and that Oil & Gas UK has welcomed. However, the fall in the oil price would have left an independent Scotland with an £18.6 billion black hole over the next three years. Does the First Minister agree that that was a bullet dodged and that the best approach for the industry and the country is for us all to work together on a UK-wide basis?



Meeting of the Parliament 08 January 2015 : Thursday, January 08, 2015
Ruth Davidson

I am disappointed by the First Minister’s reluctance to endorse a UK-wide approach but not exactly surprised, as that response sits alongside the comments that her immediate predecessor made this morning. I do not know whether she has read today’s papers, but Alex Salmond apparently wants to use the general election in May to sever all our UK ties apart from foreign affairs and defence.

That means that the £18.6 billion black hole that is currently borne on UK-wide shoulders would fall solely on Scotland, meaning cuts to every school, every hospital and every service that we rely on in this land. Further to that, the full fiscal autonomy plan would tear our tax system apart and dismantle the stable UK-wide regulatory regime that the oil industry relies on. It would be a double whammy for an industry that is already struggling.

Does the First Minister really think that, at this critical time when the industry is looking for stability and security and for political leadership and support, the Scottish National Party solution is to rip everything up?



Meeting of the Parliament 18 December 2014 : Thursday, December 18, 2014
2. Ruth Davidson (Glasgow) (Con)

I add the thoughts and prayers of me and my party for those who have been affected by the horrific events in Australia and Pakistan. I know that there are people in Scotland who have been affected, too. They are in all our thoughts.

I welcome Labour’s new deputy leader and congratulate her on her election.

To ask the First Minister when she will next meet the Secretary of State for Scotland. (S4F-02481)

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-12154.1 Lewis Macdonald: Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) – Supporting Indivi
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Not VotedDefeated

S4M-12120.1 Jenny Marra: 2020 Vision, the Strategic Forward Direction of the NHS—As an amendment to
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Not VotedDefeated

S4M-12101 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general prin
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AbstainCarried

S4M-12095.4 Ken Macintosh: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.2 Alex Johnstone: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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YesDefeated

S4M-12095.1 Willie Rennie: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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YesDefeated

S4M-12095 Alex Neil: Tackling Inequalities—That the Parliament agrees that a strong, sustainable eco
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NoCarried

Selection of John Pentland MSP for appointment to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.
YesCarried

S4M-12060.2 Hugh Henry: Commending the People who Keep Scotland Safe in Emergencies—As an amendment
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NoDefeated

S4M-12045.3 Shona Robison: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Rich
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Not VotedCarried

Search for other Motions lodged by Ruth Davidson
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Motion S4M-11863: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11830: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 08/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10843.1.2: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 20/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10154: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 28/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08707.1: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 06/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08501: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 03/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07619: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 06/09/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07499: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 22/08/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-07133: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 25/06/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-06569: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 14/05/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Search for other Questions asked by Ruth Davidson
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Question S4F-02552: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 26/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02532: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 19/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02515: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 12/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02502: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 05/01/2015 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02481: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 15/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02463: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 08/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02440: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 01/12/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02421: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 24/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02394: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 17/11/2014 Show Full Question >>
Question S4F-02375: Ruth Davidson, Glasgow, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party, Date Lodged: 10/11/2014 Show Full Question >>

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