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Scottish Parliament: Budget 2018-19 (Underspend) (27 Jun 2019)

Murdo Fraser: As well as a £449 million underspend, according to the Scottish Fiscal Commission, the Scottish Government has a looming £1 billion black hole in its budget. Yesterday, the Fraser of Allander institute told us that the Scottish Government’s £500 million tax raid on hard-working Scottish families will not deliver one extra penny for Scottish public services, because all that money...

Scottish Parliament: Disability Assistance (Children and Young People) (26 Jun 2019)

Murdo Fraser: 2. To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making with preparing to commence the delivery of disability assistance for children and young people. (S5O-03440)

Scottish Parliament: Disability Assistance (Children and Young People) (26 Jun 2019)

Murdo Fraser: The motability scheme currently provides people who have disabilities with more independence and employability opportunities and it reduces social isolation. If we are creating an equivalent Scottish motability scheme, what plans are in place to ensure that there will be the necessary numbers of cars, scooters or powered wheelchairs in place for those who need them?

Scottish Parliament: Income Tax (Higher-rate Threshold) (26 Jun 2019)

Murdo Fraser: The cabinet secretary talks about the Tory membership, but today, according to the Fraser of Allander institute, the Scottish National Party’s £500 million tax raid on hard-working Scottish families has not raised an extra penny for public services. It has all disappeared into the black hole that has been created by income tax receipts growing more slowly than was expected. What will the...

Scottish Parliament: CYBG (Clydesdale Bank Brand) (20 Jun 2019)

Murdo Fraser: Yesterday, the banking group CYBG announced that it would be dropping the Clydesdale Bank brand after 175 years. Does the First Minister share my concern about the loss of that historic and iconic Scottish brand? Although CYBG says that it intends to continue issuing Clydesdale Bank notes despite the rebrand, is she as worried as I am that that important part of Scottish banking heritage...

Scottish Parliament: Provisional Outturn 2018-19 (20 Jun 2019)

Murdo Fraser: I thank the finance secretary for advance sight of his statement, although we had the customary five minutes of blaming everybody else for the state of the Scottish economy and public finances before he got to the substance. The finance secretary is always complaining that he does not have enough money to spend, but we learned today of an underspend from last year’s budget of nearly half a...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2) (19 Jun 2019)

Murdo Fraser: Third-party right of appeal is a perennial issue. This is not the first time that the Parliament has considered the matter. I am a veteran of the debates in session 2, when we debated the issue in the context of the bill that became the Planning etc (Scotland) Act 2006. At the time, we heard passionate speeches such as we have just heard from Daniel Johnson, Neil Findlay and Alex Rowley, on...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2) (19 Jun 2019)

Murdo Fraser: I appreciate that Mr Findlay was not in the Parliament at the time, but the seats where my Conservative colleagues are sitting were full of his Labour Party colleagues, holding the line against a third-party right of appeal. [ Interruption .]

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2) (19 Jun 2019)

Murdo Fraser: In contrast to all the parties that are swithering and slithering around on the issue, the Scottish Conservatives have been clear in our view.

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2) (19 Jun 2019)

Murdo Fraser: Not just now, thank you. We will not support a third-party right of appeal, for very good reasons, which I will spell out. I am sympathetic to the calls that we hear from community groups about the planning system. I am sympathetic to the view that there is a lack of say in planning decisions. I am sympathetic to communities who argue that the planning system is weighted against them and that...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2) (19 Jun 2019)

Murdo Fraser: I am aware of that situation. I could quote numerous similar examples, but I do not believe that an equal right of appeal is the answer. If the member will bear with me, I will explain why and what we think the answer is. The other problem with an equal right of appeal, or even a limited third-party right of appeal, is the additional delay and cost that it adds to the planning system. We need...

Scottish Parliament: Planning (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (Day 2) (19 Jun 2019)

Murdo Fraser: No. I am closing my remarks. That is a better way to proceed, because it allows those issues to be dealt with early in the process, rather than being tacked on at the end, adding an extra level of complexity, cost and delay. I encourage members to reject the amendments, and we at least will be consistent with the view that we held in 2006.

Scottish Parliament: Pension Scheme (Fossil Fuels) (13 Jun 2019)

Murdo Fraser: Tens of thousands of Scottish workers are currently employed in the oil and gas sector, and this Parliament is meant to represent the whole of Scotland. Does the member not agree that it would send an unfortunate message from the Parliament’s corporate body, on behalf of the Parliament, if we were to divest ourselves from a sector that is responsible for supporting so many Scottish families...

Scottish Parliament: The Way of St Andrews (11 Jun 2019)

Murdo Fraser: I thank all the members who signed my motion to allow the debate to take place this evening, and I thank members in advance for their contributions. My motion acknowledges the way of St Andrews, and the wider importance of pilgrimage in Scotland, which is now included in VisitScotland’s “Walk in Scotland” brochure for 2019. This is also an opportunity to acknowledge the wider role of...

Scottish Parliament: The Way of St Andrews (11 Jun 2019)

Murdo Fraser: Yes, indeed—I am very happy to agree with Joan McAlpine on that point. I will be amazed if other members do not talk about the pilgrim routes in their parts of Scotland in the course of the debate. To return to St Andrews, however, there are now six long-distance pilgrim ways to it: the St Margaret’s way, which starts in Edinburgh; the St Duthac’s way, which starts in Aberdeen; the St...

Scottish Parliament: Income Tax Receipts (6 Jun 2019)

Murdo Fraser: 6. To ask the Deputy First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to the Scottish Fiscal Commission’s prediction of a £1 billion shortfall in income tax receipts affecting the Scottish budget in the period 2020 to 2023. (S5F-03393)

Scottish Parliament: Income Tax Receipts (6 Jun 2019)

Murdo Fraser: Of course, in addition to the £1 billion black hole that has already been identified, the Fiscal Commission yesterday told this Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee that the devolved social security costs could be substantially higher than the previously predicted £3.5 billion total. These issues are very serious for the Scottish public finances, and the Scottish Government...

Scottish Parliament: Teachers Pay Agreement (Implications for Public Sector Pay Policy) (5 Jun 2019)

Murdo Fraser: Does the Scottish Government still have a public sector pay policy that is worth the paper that it is printed on? From the latest deals that have been struck, it does not sound as though it does.

Scottish Parliament: Medium-term Financial Strategy (30 May 2019)

Murdo Fraser: I thank the finance secretary for advance sight of his statement, although he redacted so much of the key data that it was of little value, to be frank. The finance secretary makes a false statement in the foreword to the medium-term financial strategy. He says that there has been a “£2 billion real-terms reduction to our block grant since 2010”, but, as he knows perfectly well, that is...

Scottish Parliament: Medium-term Financial Strategy (30 May 2019)

Murdo Fraser: On a point of order, Presiding Officer. Could the Presiding Officer and Deputy Presiding Officers reflect on provision of information to members of the Opposition parties in advance of statements such as today’s. I have just seen it being announced by the Scottish Fiscal Commission—


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