MSP, Mid Scotland and Fife
I thank the cabinet secretary for his statement and for advance sight of it. In his statement, the cabinet secretary has once again claimed that the Scottish Government’s discretionary spending power, or fiscal DEL, has been cut. That contrasts with the view of the highly respected and independent Fraser of Allander institute, whose analysis shows the total Scottish Government budget...
I will speak briefly on the amendments that are before us. As we have heard, the Finance and Constitution Committee recommended that, when bringing forward the setting of rates and bands, the Scottish Government should address the evidence base behind them. I therefore welcome amendment 1, in the name of the cabinet secretary, which helpfully responds to that point and looks at the whole...
I thank Mr Harvie for that comment, but I think that his concerns are addressed in the cabinet secretary’s amendment 1, which says that ministers “must have regard to” those aspects before they set taxes and bands. There is a second point that, with respect, Mr Wightman did not address when speaking to his amendments. When ministers propose taxes and bands, they have to...
Conservative MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife
Entered the Scottish Parliament on 14 August 2001 — Appointed, regional replacement
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