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Scottish Parliament: Business Motions (19 August 2014)

The Presiding Officer: The next item of business is consideration of business motion S4M-10828, in the name of Joe FitzPatrick, on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau, setting out a timetable for the stage 3 consideration of the Revenue Scotland and Tax Powers Bill. Motion moved, That the Parliament agrees that, during stage 3 of the Revenue Scotland and Tax Powers Bill, debate on groups of...

Scottish Parliament: NHS Scotland (19 August 2014)

Alex Neil: The last part of that question was just totally factually incorrect. On the impact of charges, privatisation is about imposing charges on services that previously were free of charge. If a service is paid for through charges instead of taxation, which is the direction of travel down south, the amount of revenue through time that is spent on the national health service will decline, because...

Scottish Parliament: Revenue Scotland and Tax Powers Bill: Stage 3 (19 August 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

John Swinney: Amendment 7 addresses an issue that was raised by the Finance Committee in its stage 1 report on the bill, and by Mr Chisholm at stage 2. It relates to condition B of the general anti-avoidance rule, which provides that a tax avoidance arrangement is artificial if it lacks economic or commercial substance. Amendment 7, together with the amendments that the Finance Committee agreed to at stage...

Scottish Parliament: Revenue Scotland and Tax Powers Bill (19 August 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

John Swinney: The Revenue Scotland and Tax Powers Bill has two main purposes. First, it will establish revenue Scotland as the tax authority responsible for the collection and management of the two devolved taxes—the land and buildings transaction tax and the Scottish landfill tax—when they come into operation on 1 April 2015. The first two tax-specific acts are, of course, already on the...

Scottish Parliament: Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (19 August 2014) See 4 other results from this debate

Dennis Robertson: It has been a great privilege for me to have been able to take forward the Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Bill as a member’s bill. I would like to begin by inviting members who believe that they might not get an opportunity to participate in the debate to feel free to intervene on me if they have a specific question. The Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges...

Scottish Parliament: Independent Retailers (19 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Gavin Brown: I, too, congratulate Gordon MacDonald on securing the debate. I thank the Scottish Grocers Federation, the National Federation of Retail Newsagents and the Carnegie United Kingdom Trust for their helpful briefings, which I think that many members will have taken advantage of in preparing for the debate. We are right to talk about the enormous contribution that independent retailers make to...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Festivals (14 August 2014)

Nanette Milne: I very much welcome this afternoon’s timely debate, which follows the hugely successful Commonwealth games and associated festival 2014 and culture 2014, and which is taking place during this year’s Edinburgh international festival and festival fringe. I am delighted to take part in the debate and make no apology for devoting my speaking time to celebrating another important...

Scottish Parliament: Economic Opportunities of Independence (12 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

John Swinney: ...independent country. As that point has been well established in the referendum debate, this afternoon’s debate is about not whether we can be independent but whether we should be, and the opportunities that independence will bring us to improve Scotland’s economy and ensure that everyone can benefit from our wealth, our resources and our ingenuity as a country. The Government...

Scottish Parliament: National Health Service (Privatisation) (7 August 2014)

Alex Neil: I will deal with the facts. The fact is that the UK Government has estimated that the impact of privatisation will be to reduce the health budget in England by £1 billion a year within the next two or three years. If that happens, the knock-on impact on the Barnett consequentials, which Mr Findlay clearly does not understand, will be the loss of £100 million a year to the...

Scottish Parliament: Commonwealth Games (Legacy) (7 August 2014) See 2 other results from this debate

Shona Robison: With the spectacular success of the Commonwealth games and team Scotland’s record medal haul fresh in our minds, I am delighted to address members on the legacy of the games. I will reflect on the opportunities that have been brought about by them; touch on the core Commonwealth values of humanity, equality and destiny; and look forward, reflecting on the need to maintain momentum and...

Scottish Parliament: Trident (6 August 2014) See 1 other result from this debate

Keith Brown: It is extremely important that we consider the issues that are raised in the motion, for a number of critical reasons. First, we must consider the current opportunity to remove obscenely destructive and indiscriminate weapons from Scotland for ever. Then we must consider the findings of the Trident commission, which reported last month, including the determination of the three main...

Scottish Parliament: Persecuted Christians (6 August 2014)

John Mason: I thank Dave Thompson for raising this important subject. We cannot concentrate on all the problems of the world all the time. One day there is a natural disaster, but that gets pushed out of the media by fighting in Iraq, which in turn gets pushed out by the crisis in Israel and Palestine. The media, the public and members of the Parliament tend to get caught up in the latest new story. This...

Scottish Parliament: Bunchrew Land Declaration (5 August 2014)

Paul Wheelhouse: I am pleased to be here to discuss the Bunchrew land declaration, and I congratulate Rhoda Grant on bringing the debate to the chamber. I will say more about why I think it is the right time for this debate. The Bunchrew land declaration by Community Land Scotland in March this year tells an interesting story, as we have heard. It also tells a story that brings us almost full circle. The...

Criminal Justice and Courts Bill — Committee (5th Day) (30 July 2014) See 9 other results from this debate

Lord Woolf: I hope to be very brief in my submission in support of the amendments which relate to the consequential and supplementary provisions in Part 5 of the Bill, which is headed, “Final Provisions”. Clause 73(1) states: “The Lord Chancellor or the Secretary of State may by regulations make consequential, supplementary, incidental, transitional, transitory or saving provision in...

Standing Orders (Public Business) — Motion on Standing Orders (30 July 2014)

Moved by Baroness Stowell of Beeston That the standing orders relating to public business be amended as follows: Standing Order 10 (Hereditary peers by-elections) In paragraph (1), after “death” insert “, or resignation or expulsion from the House under the House of Lords Reform Act 2014,”. In paragraphs (2) and (3): after "death" insert "or resignation or expulsion"....

Written Answers — House of Lords: Crossrail Line (30 July 2014)

Baroness Kramer: To date Crossrail Ltd. has procured contracts to the combined value of approximately £7.6bn, not including the Rolling Stock and Depot procurement, the Train Operating Company contract or the on-network Network Rail works. Crossrail Ltd. has analysed its supply chain and found that approximately 97 per cent of contractors are based in the UK, 2 per cent are based in the EU and 1 per cent...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Railways (30 July 2014)

Baroness Kramer: The Government’s current requirements for HS2 specify that on completion of Phase 1 it will be capable of enabling a train service of up to 11 trains per hour into and out of Euston and 14 trains per hour in each direction at Old Oak Common. On completion of Phase 2 the system shall enable up to 18 trains per hour into and out of Euston and at Old Oak Common. The Government’s aim...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Youth Custody (30 July 2014)

Lord Faulks: Reducing reoffending and better rehabilitation of young offenders are key priorities for the Government. In January 2014 we set out our plans to transform youth custody and put education at the heart of detention, to equip young people in custody with the skills, qualifications and self-discipline they need to build a life free from crime and become productive, hardworking members of the...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Disclosure and Barring Service (30 July 2014)

Lord Taylor of Holbeach: In response given to two Parliamentary Questions from the right honourable Member for Chesham and Amersham, provided by my right honourable friend the Minister for Security and Immigration on 25 March 2013, incorrect information was provided due to difficulties with the extraction and provision of statistical information by the Disclosure and Barring Service. The original questions and...

Written Ministerial Statements — House of Lords: Russia and Ukraine: Restrictive Measures (30 July 2014)

Baroness Warsi: I wish to update the House on the matter of restricted measures applied against Russia, in light of the situation in Ukraine. On 25 July, the European Council added 15 more persons and 18 entities responsible for action against Ukraine’s territorial integrity, to the list of those subject to an asset freeze and a visa ban. The European Council also widened the designation criteria in...

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