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All 5 results for boris speaker:Murdo Fraser

Scottish Parliament: Budget 2020-21 (6 Feb 2020)

Murdo Fraser: ...-qualified chartered accountant. The backdrop to this budget is a substantial increase in the block grant, thanks to extra spending at Westminster. The Scottish Government is benefiting from a Boris bonus that is worth at least £1.1 billion in real terms. What is essential is that that money is not squandered but used to the benefit of the Scottish people. Against the background of that...

Scottish Parliament: Tax and Public Spending (5 Feb 2020)

Murdo Fraser: ...block grant from Westminster will grow by at least £1.1 billion from this year to next year. According to the Fraser of Allander institute, that amounts to a 2.1 per cent real-terms increase. That Boris bonus gives the finance secretary considerable extra money to spend. However, that is not the entire picture, because the block grant has to be adjusted in two respects. First, we know...

Scottish Parliament: Tax and Public Spending (5 Feb 2020)

Murdo Fraser: ...institute, those factors combined take block-grant growth down from 2.1 per cent in real terms to just 1 per cent. In other words—and to put it bluntly—more than half the benefit of the Boris bonus that is coming to Scotland from Westminster is being lost because of the Scottish Government’s inability to grow income tax revenues by at least the UK average rate. Our ability to fund...

Scottish Parliament: Tax and Public Spending (5 Feb 2020)

Murdo Fraser: ...£10 billion would be replaced. Ahead of the budget tomorrow, we have set out our position on what the finance secretary’s priorities should be. I will spell them out again for members. With the Boris bonus and increases in the block grant, there can be no justification for any additional tax rises or further cuts to public spending. We have put forward a set of measured proposals that...

Scottish Parliament: European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (8 Jan 2020)

Murdo Fraser: ...that was never going to happen. It opposed the deal agreed by the former Prime Minister Theresa May; then it said that that was the best deal on offer and could not be improved upon. It said that Boris Johnson could not possibly get another deal, and indeed, the Cabinet Secretary for Government Business and the Constitution told us, time and again, that the Prime Minister and his...


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