Local Government Finance

Part of Question Time — Scottish Executive – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:30 pm on 22nd January 2004.

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Photo of Andy Kerr Andy Kerr Labour 2:30 pm, 22nd January 2004

My answer to many of those questions is, of course, no. We are committed to a review and it will be very interesting. The Parliament has examined the Scottish service tax before and roundly condemned it on all counts.

I must reflect on this morning's activity, although I think that Mr Sheridan just wants to be the first person to be thrown out of the chamber. That might explain his behaviour. Perhaps it was because we are now scrutinising the Scottish service tax and what it would mean for the people of Scotland. The "richest and wealthiest" whom Mr Sheridan talked about this morning are our doctors, our dentists, the professionals in our public services, the head teachers and teachers who work in our—[Interruption.] They are the rich and wealthy whom Tommy Sheridan wants to tax out of Scotland. [Interruption.]

I had the courtesy to listen to Mr Sheridan's nonsense this morning.