Scotland's MPs support #MakeTaxFair campaign
Almost every single Scottish MP has added their voice to the campaign to update the 1955 UK-Malawi tax treaty.
The SNP, Scottish Labour and the Scottish Liberal Democrats have all formally lodged their support through Scottish MPs.
Secretary of State for Scotland, Rt Hon David Mundell MP, has visited Malawi and spoken with the President of Malawi on this topic.
'STANDING WITH MALAWI'
MPs from across Scotland gathered in Parliament on the 1st March 2016 to show their support for Scotland’s links with Malawi and to call for the UK-Malawi Tax Treaty to be updated.
Back row, L to R: John McNally MP, Stewart Malcolm McDonald MP, Martin Docherty MP, Philip Boswell MP, Ronnie Cowan MP, Steven Paterson MP, Alan Brown MP, Gavin Newlands MP, Alison Thewliss MP.
Middle row, L to R: Douglas Chapman MP, Stuart McDonald MP, Roger Mullin MP, Callum McCaig MP, Philippa Whitford MP, Mike Weir MP, Stuart Blair Donaldson MP, Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh MP, Christopher Stevens MP, Eilidh Whiteford MP, Kirsten Oswald MP, Brendan O’Hara MP.
Front row, L to R: Marion Fellows MP, Kirsty Blackman MP, Angela Crawley MP, John Nicolson MP, Angus Robertson MP, Martyn Day MP, Chris Law MP, Stephen Gethins MP, Alex Salmond MP, Neil Gray MP, Patrick Grady MP, Stewart Hosie MP.
Scottish MPs sign Parliamentary motion
The majority of all Scottish MPs have signed an Early Day Motion stating:
"That this House welcomes the renewed focus from the Government and the government of Malawi to renegotiate the double taxation treaty between the UK and Malawi, and the UK Financial Secretary to the Treasury's statement that the new treaty is close to conclusion; notes with concern that the existing treaty was signed in 1955 while Malawi was under colonial rule, and that analysis from ActionAid suggests that it limits tax revenue collection in Malawi; further notes that ActionAid's new report, Mistreated, finds that tax treaties signed by lower-income countries with OECD countries since 1970 are increasingly restricting the former's tax rights and reducing their ability to raise tax revenue; calls on the Government to demonstrate its global leadership on tax and international development issues by breaking this trend and offering a significantly fairer treaty to Malawi, which helps the government of Malawi to raise tax revenues to fight poverty; and further calls on the Government to ensure the negotiation process is transparent, involves the Department for International Development and other stakeholders concerned with poverty in Malawi, and allows for thorough parliamentary scrutiny and debate of any new treaty."
Look at the Parliamentary motion and MPs have signed here.