Committee (4th Day)

Part of Scotland Bill – in the House of Lords at 3:45 pm on 15th March 2012.

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Photo of Lord Kilclooney Lord Kilclooney Crossbench 3:45 pm, 15th March 2012

My Lords, I come back to the position in Northern Ireland. It is all very well to say that if there are higher taxes in Scotland, a serviceman serving in a Scottish regiment in Northern Ireland, who at the moment pays a standard United Kingdom tax rate, will be judged as living in the place with which he is most closely identified. It should be remembered that many soldiers stationed in Scotland do not like to register their address in Northern Ireland for obvious security reasons. Therefore, they could well be looked on as being Scottish taxpayers and have to pay the higher taxation that we fear will apply in Scotland.