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Housing and Social Security (22 Jun 2017)

Marion Fellows: ...of the recent election campaign, it was that the Tories’ cost-cutting austerity agenda, especially where it impacts on our older citizens, is not wanted. The Prime Minister paid a heavy price for her suggestions on the dementia tax and on restricting winter fuel payments. Even Ruth Davidson, the Scottish Tory leader, could not swallow that bitter pill and announced that there would...

Queen’s Speech - Debate (2nd Day) (22 Jun 2017)

Lord Anderson of Swansea: ...the south. There has been Conservative rule from time immemorial in the town hall. They are decent people but unaware of the realities of the north of the borough. The council has amassed huge and increased surpluses. It has kept council tax levels the same for years, and I and other council tax payers received a rebate of £100 in 2014. Last year, the council received a quarter more...

Business of the House (22 Jun 2017)

Chris Stephens: ...period—HMRC signed new contracts for new regional centres? If so, may we have a statement or a debate in Government time so that Members of this House can discuss the provision of services that deal with tax avoidance and non-compliance with the national minimum wage?

Scottish Parliament: Island Games (Support for Athletes) (22 Jun 2017)

Humza Yousaf: ...isles teams for the island games could benefit from the air discount scheme if they arranged their travel differently. For example, the Western Isles team contacted Transport Scotland and we gave them advice on how they could avoid air departure tax and how they could benefit from the air discount scheme. As far as I am aware, the Shetland Islands team did not make an approach to Transport...

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (21 Jun 2017)

Jonathan Reynolds: ...been promised, has been lifted from the last two Labour manifestos, so we will almost certainly be here voting for it, while all the unpleasant things that caused the Conservative party so much pain—austerity, the dementia tax, grammar schools, and scrapping of free school meals—will almost certainly get nowhere near a vote in this House. In that sense, while we may not have...

Scottish Parliament: Air Departure Tax (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (20 Jun 2017)

Andy Wightman: The amendments that I lodged are designed to add some policy purpose to air departure tax, to ensure that evidence informs decisions on ADT rates, and to add safeguards in the event of Scottish ministers of any Government wanting Parliament to give them the power to reduce taxes on what is already an extraordinarily lightly taxed industry. Amendment 1A is required as part of amendment 1B,...

Scottish Parliament: Scotland’s Economy (Opportunities for Growth) (14 Jun 2017)

Willie Rennie: ...economies for far too long. If it were not for the funding from the UK research councils, we would be even further behind. A renewed plan to boost research and development is essential, with more tax breaks and incentives for companies to invest in R and D. We need a long-term plan to build a strong economy that is based on investing in the best asset that we have—the people who live...

Scottish Parliament: Protecting Workers’ Rights (31 May 2017)

Jackie Baillie: ...by bringing in workers from abroad and not paying them the rate for the job. We have also heard about companies that engage in blacklisting being given huge contracts, the use of umbrella companies and avoidance of tax and national insurance payments. We do not want any of that.

Scottish Parliament: Foreign Direct Investment (25 May 2017)

...carries out robust due diligence on companies before it invests. It carefully assesses the companies that it invests in, not least so that we can ensure that we get the greatest value for taxpayers’ money. On the two particular points that Mike Rumbles raises, the Scottish Government’s position could not be clearer. It is absolutely the responsibility of all companies to pay...

Scottish Parliament: Income Tax (50p Rate) (24 May 2017)

Ivan McKee: Does the cabinet secretary agree that, to avoid the risk of any changes to the top rate of income tax reducing rather than increasing the funds that are available for public services in Scotland, the Scottish Parliament needs to have powers over dividend and savings income tax, powers over taxes that are impacted by incorporation, including capital gains tax and corporation tax, and,...

Scottish Parliament: Income Tax (11 May 2017)

Derek Mackay: I thank John Mason for his advice. I am not setting any parameters at this stage in the parliamentary cycle. I agree that there are issues around behavioural responses as they relate to tax, and that is why we are taking the methodical approach. The First Minister has asked the Council of Economic Advisers to consider the matter so that we can take our tax decisions in the light of all the...

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (3 May 2017)

...carefully. In 2015, I said that I supported that across the United Kingdom. In 2016, I said that the advice that we had taken was that, if we did it only in Scotland without the powers to tackle tax avoidance—which we do not have because they lie at Westminster—that could potentially lose revenue. I do not think that anybody in the chamber would seriously stand up and argue...

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Charities: Taxation (27 Apr 2017)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe: ...exchange of financial account information and any changes would need to be agreed internationally. Under the CRS financial institutions, including some charities, are required to obtain and report tax residence information of their account holders. The information that tax authorities will receive under the CRS, including that on distributions from charities, is a vital part of global...

Scottish Parliament: Edinburgh Airport (Consultation) (27 Apr 2017)

Alex Cole-Hamilton: ...the Civil Aviation Authority, there may be an opportunity to divert inbound aircraft over the River Almond, through a type of diversion that has previously been offered only over Tel Aviv as a means of avoiding surface-to-air missiles, although I am certain that the good people of Cramond are not quite at that point, yet. That type of diversion would be a positive development. On outbound...

Finance (No. 2) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (26 Apr 2017)

Lord Davies of Oldham: ...discrete pieces of legislation. I am also grateful to the noble Lord, Lord Kerr, who took from me the responsibility of analysing in particular the problems with regard to the controversial digital tax proposals. These are controversial, of course, because quite clearly a lot of people considered that their interests had not been taken sufficiently—if at all—into account. Both...

Northern Ireland (Ministerial Appointments and Regional Rates) Bill - Second Reading (and remaining stages) (26 Apr 2017)

Lord Empey: ...the Minister said in his opening remarks, it is the most minimalist position he can take. Noble Lords may or may not be aware that rates in Northern Ireland are still levied. We never had the council tax, which was perhaps a good thing. But one advantage with the rates is that you can collect them because properties do not tend to move overnight— although I am sure it is possible to...

Digital Economy Bill: Unexplained wealth orders: England and Wales and Northern Ireland (26 Apr 2017)

Rupa Huq: ...those compliance, security and competitiveness concerns—all the pretexts and excuses that are being wheeled out. We firmly believe that this is a missed opportunity for Britain. The systems of British overseas territories and Crown dependencies allow tax avoidance on what some people describe as an industrial scale. It does go on, and we cannot pretend that it does not. The...

Digital Economy Bill: Universal service broadband obligations (26 Apr 2017)

Matthew Hancock: ...bill capping in the consumer rights Green Paper, and it is already offered by some providers. Although we cannot accept Lords amendment 2, we can see the benefits for consumers of being offered the choice to limit their bills and avoid bill shock. We have therefore put forward an amendment in lieu that requires providers to make sure that as well as new customers, those with existing...

Criminal Finances Bill - Report (and remaining stages) (25 Apr 2017)

Lord Rosser: ...? I ask that in the context of what the view would have been of this Government on that issue. We are presumably all seeking to reduce the incidence of money laundering and corruption in particular, as well as the avoidance of paying tax, either by illegal means or through elaborate schemes that have not been cleared by the tax authorities. Will the level of such reduction achieved, or not...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Employment income provided through third parties (25 Apr 2017)

Rob Marris: ..., fiscal policy was unnecessarily tight and our constituents paid the price. After seven years, we have moved to a position where, despite the Prime Minister in her election campaign saying that taxes will be lower under a Conservative Government—she has not actually said lower than what—this year, on projections which of course may or may not come to pass, taxation as a...


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