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Scotland Bill part one

The SNP has called on the government to devolve powers over petrol duty to the Scottish Parliament.

As MPs considered the Scotland Bill at committee stage on 14 March 2011, the party's Treasury spokesman Stewart Hosie also called for the devolution of powers over corporation tax, air passenger duty and the taxation of mining and quarrying.

But Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury David Gauke said it would be "thoroughly inappropriate" to devolve these powers to Holyrood without the consent of the Scottish Parliament, which had not endorsed the SNP's call.

He said: "There has been a long consultative process that both the UK and the Scottish government and Scottish Parliament has been through. So to include the devolution of additional taxes now, on a whim, we believe would not be the right course of action."

MPs voted by 292 to 8, a majority of 284, to reject the mining and quarrying tax amendment.

The SNP did not push any of its other amendments to a vote.

The bill implements recommendations of the Calman Commission to hand control of some taxes from Westminster to the Scottish Parliament.

The Commission's final review of Scottish Devolution in 2009 called for Holyrood to take charge of half the income tax raised in Scotland. The new powers would be combined with a cut in the block grant which Scotland gets from the UK government - currently about £32bn.

MSPs would also gain control over stamp duty and landfill tax under the plans.

Watch part two of the debate here.


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