Smith Commission

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons at 11:30 am on 15th July 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Bridgen Andrew Bridgen Conservative, North West Leicestershire 11:30 am, 15th July 2015

What progress has been made on implementation of the recommendations of the Smith commission.

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

We are making good progress in implementing in full the all-party Smith commission agreement. The Scotland Bill, which will deliver significantly increased powers to the Scottish Parliament, was introduced on the first day of this parliamentary Session and has just completed four days of intense scrutiny on the Floor of this House.

Photo of Andrew Bridgen Andrew Bridgen Conservative, North West Leicestershire

Does the Secretary of State agree that the progress of the Smith commission recommendations shows that the three main Unionist parties are fulfilling their commitment to devolve further powers to Scotland, and that it is therefore unacceptable for others to seek baseless grievances to create the impression of some betrayal to further their own narrow political agenda?

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

I could not agree with my hon. Friend more. This week more than any other the narrow opportunism of the SNP has been exposed. The only issue on which that party is consistent is breaking up the United Kingdom, on which it will say or do anything.

Photo of Kirsty Blackman Kirsty Blackman Shadow SNP Spokesperson (House of Lords)

At business questions on 2 July the Leader of the House stated:

“Independent assessments say we are implementing the Smith commission report”—[Hansard, 2 July 2015; Vol. 597, c. 1633.]

To date the Scottish Secretary has been unable to produce these. Will he now name those independent assessments or ask his right hon. Friend the Leader of the House to correct his previous statement?

Photo of David Mundell David Mundell The Secretary of State for Scotland

I am confident in the statements I have made throughout the passage of this Bill. I did not see the hon. Lady contributing in Committee or on Second Reading, but, if she had, she would have heard me say that I am absolutely confident that this Bill will deliver the Smith commission in full.