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Osborne questioned by MPs about more tax powers for Scotland: Politics Live blog

Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including George Osborne being questioned by the Commons Treasury committee about Scotland getting more tax powers

12.20pm GMT

Osborne says the Airports Commission did some work two years ago suggesting Manchester airport could lose 3% of its traffic, and Newcastle 10%, from Scotland cutting air passenger duty.

He says the government should look at what can be done to help those regional airports that do lose out.

12.17pm GMT

Q: If income tax went down in Scotland, would borrowing projections go up or down?

Macpherson says he does not do the borrowing projections; it’s up to the OBR. And it would depend on the Scottish government’s finances.

12.12pm GMT

Labour’s John Mann goes next.

Q: The Smith Commission secretariat and the Scottish secretary have different definitions of the “no detriment” paragraph in the report.

12.08pm GMT

Osborne says the Commons spends most of its time, when dealing with income tax, looking at definitions and reliefs.

All of those things will remain UK responsibilities. And Scottish MPs will be involved.

12.05pm GMT

Osborne says, with the exception of Canada and Switzerland, the UK will be going further than other countries in devolving tax powers.

12.05pm GMT

Alok Sharma, a Conservative, goes next.

Q: So are you saying that, if Scotland lost revenue from having higher taxes, England would not have to compensate it?

12.03pm GMT

Q: What if Scotland were to cut the 45p band? Wouldn’t some English taxpayers move to Scotland, or claim to move to Scotland, as a result?

Osborne says, under this agreement, the Scottish government would have to bear the costs of a tax cut like that. They would lose money at first.

11.57am GMT

David Ruffley, a Conservative, goes next.

Q: Will the devolution of income tax rates and bands lead to tax competition?

11.55am GMT

Osborne says the Smith Commission is clear that the Scottish parliament should have the power to create new benefits in areas where power is devolved, but not in other areas.

Q: What would stop the Scottish government using discretionary payments to make pensions in Scotland more generous?

11.48am GMT

Andy Love, a Labour MP, goes next.

Q: Aren’t you contradicting what the Smith Commission says?

11.46am GMT

Q: Doesn’t this contradict what the Smith Commission report says about all MPs continuing to vote on all aspects of the budget?

Osborne says he thinks that all MPs should vote on those aspects of income tax relevant to the whole UK.

11.44am GMT

Q: Should MPs representing Scottish MPs continue to vote on income tax rates and bands after these powers have been devolved?

Osborne says he does not want to pre-empt what the government will say on English votes for English laws. But the Evel principle will apply to some elements of income tax.

11.41am GMT

Stewart Hosie, the SNP deputy leader, goes next.

Q: If Scotland used its tax or borrowing powers to boost the economy, can you confirm that would not be seen as a risk to the UK?

11.38am GMT

George Osborne is giving evidence alongside Sir Nick Macpherson, the permanent secretary at the Treasury.

Andrew Tyrie, the chair, kicks of the questioning.

11.28am GMT

This is what the Smith Commission report says about Scotland getting control of most aspects of income tax.

Income Tax will remain a shared tax and both the UK and Scottish Parliaments will share control of Income Tax. MPs representing constituencies across the whole of the UK will continue to decide the UK’s Budget, including Income Tax.

Within this framework, the Scottish Parliament will have the power to set the rates of Income Tax and the thresholds at which these are paid for the non-savings and non-dividend income of Scottish taxpayers (as defined by the Scotland Acts).

11.24am GMT

George Osborne will be giving evidence to the Commons Treasury committee shortly about devolving tax powers to Scotland.

The government is planning to implement the proposals in the Smith Commission report.

11.10am GMT

You can read all today’s Guardian politics stories here. And all the politics stories filed yesterday, including some in today’s paper, are here.

As for the rest of the papers, here’s the PoliticsHome list of top 10 political must-reads, and here’s the ConservativeHome round-up of the day’s politics stories.

Tim Aker has been sacked as Ukip’s policy chief after failing to complete the party’s overdue manifesto.

It is understood that Ukip had set the beginning of January as the deadline to agree policies before sending off the manifesto to be checked and costed by an independent think-tank.

Delighted to have handed over strong policy brief to the excellent @SuzanneEvans1. Now on to winning #Thurrock in May!

The other propitious circumstance is David Cameron. No prime minister since Harold Macmillan has been so temperamentally geared to campaigning as the “safe” option. When critics say he does not believe in much, they are right. But the burden is on them to explain why this is a bad thing. For a certain kind of swing voter, groping nervously for his wallet as he looks at an unquiet world, Mr Cameron’s beliefs are reassuringly milquetoast. He does not seem like a man who would noticeably improve the country — or trash it.

Whatever his colleagues say, Mr Cameron is a proper Tory. A Tory does not care for ideas or even politics itself. They claim no singular moral insight, unlike Labour, and espouse no mission, unlike the free-marketeers who now pepper the Conservative benches. They often cannot even stand their own party. They are quiet, bland patriots who get involved in public life on the hunch that more excitable types would mess it up. A Tory is a funny compound of civic entitlement and intellectual humility.

10.50am GMT

Sir David Cannadine, the historian, hosted a press conference at the Cabinet War Rooms this morning outlining some of the events that will be taking place to mark the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death.

In the morning, the Houses of Parliament will host a remembrance service and wreath laying ceremony, in recognition of Churchill’s outstanding contribution to Parliament. Speeches will be delivered by Mr Speaker, accompanied by a reading by Nathania Ewruje, Best Speaker in the English-Speaking Union’s National Public Speaking Competition for Schools 2014 and subsequent winner of the ESU’s inaugural Winston Churchill Cup for Public Speaking.

The Havengore vessel, which carried the coffin of Sir Winston, will retrace its journey down the Thames, taking the same route at the same time of day as 50 years previously. Forming part of a small flotilla, the Havengore will pass under Tower Bridge, which will be raised in honour of Sir Winston at 12.45, continuing its journey past HMS Belfast, under Blackfriars Bridge and Waterloo Bridge, passing the London Eye and culminating in a special service and wreath laying in the waters directly opposite the Palace of Westminster at 13.15. In echoes of the original river procession, the Havengore will feature crew in ceremonial bright blue and red uniforms and two Scottish pipers standing in the bows to play the pipes. The on-board party will include members of the Churchill family and others who were closely connected with the State Funeral and the event provides a fitting yet highly visible public tribute to Winston Churchill.

On Paxman calling Churchill an egotist and charlatan, David Cannadine: “Well, it’s interesting for Jeremy to criticise someone for that.”

10.12am GMT

For the record, here are today’s YouGov GB polling figures.

Labour: 32%

9.54am GMT

Here’s Andy Burnham, the shadow health secretary, on Nigel Farage’s comment about wanting to reopen the debate about replacing the NHS with an insurance-based system.

Nigel Farage has confirmed that a vote for UKIP is a vote for the privatisation of the NHS and for a full American healthcare system.

Farage admits he says one thing in public about the NHS but another behind closed doors. He has shown UKIP’s statements on protecting the NHS to be hollow.

9.41am GMT

For more on the de Montfort parliament, this post by Dr Sophie Ambler for the History of Parliament website is useful.

9.37am GMT

On Twitter MPs and MSPs have been celebrating the demise of the Sun’s Page 3.

Most of the comments I’ve seen have come from Labour politicians. I haven’t seen any Conservative MPs celebrating the move, although Andrew Cooper, David Cameron’s former pollster, has welcomed it.

Glad that @TheSunNewspaper p3 gone. Women expect to be equal in C21. Not posing half naked. Well done Clare Short & 1000s of women campaign

At long last – boobs are not news! Well done everyone at and with @NoMorePage3 – huge victory for people power

Proud to have supported the @nomorepage3 campaign – brilliant result on the #page3takedown pic.twitter.com/AJcSbI2nNi

Those attacking the @NoMorePage3 campaign as ‘not much progress’ miss point that any progress is forward movement … #notperfectjustgood!

Delighted the the Sun has dropped #page3 – shame it took so long but nevertheless good news.

Let’s not forget Clare Short. In 1986 she was 1st MP to speak out against Page 3 was attacked by other MPs, vilified & threatened with rape

Great that Sun been persuaded #page3 just not right for a family newspaper. Huge admiration for @NoMorePage3 campaign. #NoMorePage3

Huge congratulations & thanks to @LucyAnneHolmes & all @NoMorePage3 for such an amazing & inspiring campaign! #peoplepower

Glad that Page 3 is no more. Now let’s get media to stop the relentless ‘she’s too fat/thin’ gossip and perving after underage girls too?

If page3 toplessness really has gone, tribute due the early fighters, not least (though I think she’s wrong about most else), Clare Short

9.19am GMT

Grant Shapps, the Conservative chairman, has leapt on the Mandelson bandwagon, and used it has a chance to take a hit at Ed Miliband. He’s put out this statement:

With Mandelson joining the chorus of Labour voices opposed to Labour’s homes tax, it is clearer than ever that Ed Miliband is a weak leader peddling a bad policy. It is yet more proof that he simply isn’t up to the job of running the country.

9.10am GMT

It’s always good to celebrate a birthday and today, on one measure, it’s parliament’s 750th. On 20 January 1265 the de Montfort parliament met, and it is seen as a precursor of the modern House of Commons. Simon de Montfort was a French warlord, to use modern terminology, but never mind; it’s nice to know our European roots run deep.

Seven hundred and fifty years on, democracy can still throw up surprises. There are two this morning.

I don’t happen to think that the mansion tax is the right policy response to that. I think it’s sort of crude, it’s sort of short-termist. What we need is what I think the Liberal Democrats are proposing and that is the introduction of further bands that relate to different values of property within the council tax system. That’s what I would like to see. It will take longer to introduce, that’s true, but it will be more effective and efficient in the longer term than simply clobbering people with a rather sort of crude short term mansion tax.

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