The Local Government and Communities Committee rejected the Scottish Government's plans for a levy on supermarkets on 26 January 2010. The scheme seeks to impose additional business rates on large retailers.
The Liberal Democrat MSP Jeremy Purvis moved the motion which recommended the proposal be dropped. It was carried by five votes to three with no abstentions.
The SNP government had planned to raise £30 million through the levy.
Why was this scheme voted down? £30 million is a lot of money. It seems sensible to charge Supermarkets extra to make up for the damage they have done to our town centres and small businesses. Ok, we all use them, but their profits are obscene and they should be contributing more to their local communities. They will pay plenty to get in and build new stores, so why not when they're built.
Were palms greased?