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Scottish Parliament: E-Commerce Sales (23 Mar 2016)

Gavin Brown: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what the estimated value of e-commerce sales was in 2014 and 2015. (S4O-05710)

Scottish Parliament: E-Commerce Sales (23 Mar 2016)

Gavin Brown: Does the Scottish Government welcome the e-commerce excellence initiative that is led by the chambers of commerce? Can the Scottish Government do anything specific to engage with that initiative?

Scottish Parliament: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 8 Mar 2016)

Gavin Brown: Amendment 17 aims to cure what I think is a serious flaw in the bill. A person who purchases a new main residence, regardless of size, but has not managed to complete the sale of their existing main residence, will have to pay the full tax up front. They will inadvertently become what has become known as an accidental second-home owner. That means that they had no desire to own a second home...

Scottish Parliament: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 8 Mar 2016)

Gavin Brown: John Swinney does not want to burden Revenue Scotland, but he is perfectly happy to burden potentially thousands of people who purchase houses in Scotland. The original LBTT legislation and the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill have relied heavily on input from the Law Society of Scotland, which makes it quite clear in its written evidence, its oral evidence and...

Scottish Parliament: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 8 Mar 2016)

Gavin Brown: I had wished that the period could be far longer than 14 days, but it was pretty apparent at stage 2 that the Government would not support a longer period. It may help if there is a day or two, but—this may be news to Mark McDonald—it is sometimes not possible to get things to line up in a day or two; sometimes it can take longer. If a sale falls through because a mortgage is not in place...

Scottish Parliament: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 ( 8 Mar 2016)

Gavin Brown: I am sure that Mr Swinney attempted to do that, but it is pretty clear to me, to a number of solicitors and to the Law Society of Scotland that the amendment was not sufficient. The Law Society said quite clearly in its report—which, I am sure, Mr Swinney has read—that it welcomes the amendment but it goes nowhere near far enough: the bill does not offer a sufficiently long grace period....

Scottish Parliament: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill ( 8 Mar 2016)

Gavin Brown: Is the Scottish Government’s advice to solicitors to hold off for a few extra days—or as long as it takes—before submitting that return?

Scottish Parliament: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill ( 8 Mar 2016)

Gavin Brown: The Conservatives gave careful thought at all stages to whether to support the bill. There are strong arguments from across the sectors on its flaws and dangers, but on balance I take the view that the risk of inaction is marginally greater than the risk of action. On that basis, we supported the bill at stage 1 and we will support it at decision time. Malcolm Chisholm raised a particularly...

Scottish Parliament: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill ( 8 Mar 2016)

Gavin Brown: Does Mark McDonald genuinely think that the amendment that the cabinet secretary lodged at stage 2 provided for a grace period? Does he think that it would be wise for solicitors to hold off on submitting land returns in the interim?

Scottish Parliament: Work, Wages and Wellbeing ( 1 Mar 2016)

Gavin Brown: The Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee has produced a pretty comprehensive and effective report. The committee took a huge amount of evidence, with 11 panels of witnesses, by my count, a full day away in Paisley, and more than 600 responses. The committee engaged with academic experts but, importantly, it also engaged with those who would not be considered experts and a number of people...

Scottish Parliament: Work, Wages and Wellbeing ( 1 Mar 2016)

Gavin Brown: Will the member give way?

Scottish Parliament: Work, Wages and Wellbeing ( 1 Mar 2016)

Gavin Brown: This has been an interesting debate. I will return to some of the excellent contributions that were made, but before I do that I will pick up on two points. The first is the Scottish Government’s criticism that the UK Government’s national living wage is not the same as the living wage. Of course, today that is correct, but by the end of the Westminster parliamentary term I suspect that...

Scottish Parliament: Work, Wages and Wellbeing ( 1 Mar 2016)

Gavin Brown: In all honesty, I genuinely do not understand the point that Christian Allard is making. I point out a host of areas in which successive UK Governments of different political stripes have pushed hard to bring in high-quality jobs, whether through inward investment or through what they have done for science, engineering or medicine. Governments of all shapes and sizes want to bring in the best...

Scottish Parliament: Fiscal Framework (25 Feb 2016)

Gavin Brown: The agreement was rightly welcomed on all sides of the chamber. However, one part of the agreement was getting the Scottish Fiscal Commission to do the official tax forecast, which is a vital step forward. Will the First Minister work with me to convince her back benchers that that is the way to go?

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 5) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Feb 2016)

Gavin Brown: I guess that there were no huge surprises in today’s budget debate. There were two new measures, from what I could gather, both of which we in this part of the chamber welcome—the increase in the attainment fund and the extension of the period of empty property relief for industrial property. That extension does not go far enough, but we welcome the change from three months to six months....

Scottish Parliament: Budget (Scotland) (No 5) Bill: Stage 3 (24 Feb 2016)

Gavin Brown: If that is correct, I simply ask Bruce Crawford on what basis he and all his colleagues say that a cash-terms increase to the Scottish Government as a whole is devastating and the wrong way to go. It is as simple as that. We will not be supporting the budget today, and Murdo Fraser outlined why we do not think that the Government is genuinely prioritising the economy. Its big ideas in the...

Scottish Parliament: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 Feb 2016)

Gavin Brown: It appears that, both north and south of the border, the measure is far more complex than it first appeared when it was announced in the autumn statement. I had the voice of former minister Jim Mather ringing in my ears as I reviewed the bill. Mr Mather once said to me, “Gavin, there is no such thing as unintended consequences; there is only lazy thinking.” That had an impact on me then,...

Scottish Parliament: Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 (23 Feb 2016)

Gavin Brown: Mr McDonald makes a fair point. We do not have empirical evidence, but there is anecdotal evidence, which we got from a number of witnesses. That is one of the reasons why all members of the committee took the view that the Government should commission specific research on the impact of buy-to-let properties and second homes on the property market as a whole. So far, the Government does not...


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