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Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands) (LD)

Thank you for your points on a tartan OBR, which I have been arguing for for a long time. The more you all say on that, the better, in the interest of independent forecasting and analysis.

All your submissions highlight the importance of a single UK market. Mr Patrick, you made a good point on that, mentioning a test of the impact on the single market. I agree with the principle, but will you elaborate on that?



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Tavish Scott

So you are talking about some mechanism that does not currently exist but which would give business the opportunity to comment on these matters when they were first thought of in either regulation or draft statute.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Tavish Scott

Thank you.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Tavish Scott

Well, you are being led in that direction.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Tavish Scott

Rob Gibson makes a fair point, but I want to contrast what we have heard with earlier observations about not wanting to make the tax system more complex. My recollection of the submissions to the Smith commission—Linda Fabiani might remember this, too—was that there were an awful lot of comments from business along the lines of, “For God’s sake, don’t make the whole thing even more complex.” The area of tax credits was one in which that view was highlighted time and time again.

Can you square this circle for me? You want more room for manoeuvre on tax credits. Will that be done through and with the Scottish Government and the UK Government working together to achieve it, or do you want absolute devolution of the type of credits that some of you have described this morning?



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Tavish Scott

I wondered.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Tavish Scott

I have two questions on the evidence that has been given, the first of which is for Ross Martin. The Smith commission report contains a lot about intergovernmental relationships, so I hope that you accept that your point about decommissioning could be addressed by the strong work that I can say without fear or favour that John Swinney and Michael Moore did on putting that into the Smith agreement. There is solid stuff there in relation to decommissioning and how the Scottish interest would be taken into account.

My second point is for David Watt. When I met BP’s North Sea boss in Aberdeen on Tuesday, he said that it is not just the tax regime that is the issue—I agree with Mark McDonald on that. Supplier costs and internal company cost structures are important, too. There are three legs to the stool of what needs to happen in the North Sea to make sure that our industry is competitive in the future. I hope that you accept that although the tax regime is fundamental—I agree completely with what you said—there are two other legs to the stool, on which progress also needs to be made.



Devolution (Further Powers) Committee 22 January 2015 : Thursday, January 22, 2015
Tavish Scott

On the theme that Duncan McNeil has raised, the SCDI’s submission states:

“Committees of the Scottish Parliament need to display the same independence from party politics and forensic analysis which characterises the best of the committees in the UK Parliament, especially at times of majority government, either by a coalition or a single party.”

Is it a matter of mechanisms or people? Are we to blame?



Public Audit Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Tavish Scott (Shetland Islands) (LD)

Exactly.



Public Audit Committee 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Tavish Scott

Audit Scotland expressed concern about priorities. Will Jenny Laing and David Parker, as the chairs of the community planning partnerships in Aberdeen and the Borders, identify the main public sector challenge for their respective community planning partnerships?

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S4M-12182.1 Alex Fergusson: The Chilcot Inquiry—As an amendment to motion S4M-12182 in the name of N
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NoDefeated

S4M-12182 Nicola Sturgeon: The Chilcot Inquiry—That the Parliament calls for Sir John Chilcot’s offi
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YesCarried

S4M-12176 John Swinney: Community Charge Debt (Scotland) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the gene
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YesCarried

S4M-12160.2 Michael Matheson: Women Offenders—As an amendment to motion S4M-12160 in the name of Kez
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Not VotedCarried

S4M-12160.3 Margaret Mitchell: Women Offenders—As an amendment to motion S4M-12160 in the name of Ke
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Not VotedDefeated

S4M-12160 Kezia Dugdale: Women Offenders—That the Parliament welcomes the decision of the Scottish G
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Not VotedCarried

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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NoDefeated

S4M-12101 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general prin
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S4M-12095.4 Ken Macintosh: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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Not VotedDefeated

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Motion S4M-12002: Tavish Scott, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 07/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-11919: Tavish Scott, Shetland Islands, Scottish Liberal Democrats, Date Lodged: 16/12/2014 Show Full Motion >>
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