Wales Bill - Committee (2nd Day)

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 4:15 pm on 7th November 2016.

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Photo of Lord Hope of Craighead Lord Hope of Craighead Convenor of the Crossbench Peers 4:15 pm, 7th November 2016

Perhaps I might correct the noble Lord on a point of slight detail. The Scottish National Party, which is the governing party in Scotland, has made it clear that it intends not to follow the Chancellor of the Exchequer in England on the level at which the 40% tax rate comes in. I think that the proposal in England, and indeed in Wales for the moment, is that there should be a rise of that level at which 40% becomes payable. The Scottish Government have said that they are not prepared to go along with that, so for the Scots the level will remain as it is at present. I grant the noble Lord that this is under a different power which has been given in a later enactment but to say that there is no desire by the governing party to make changes is a little excessive, with great respect.