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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 1:41 pm on 8th January 2019.

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Photo of Chris Stephens Chris Stephens Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Fair Work and Employment) 1:41 pm, 8th January 2019

I think our plea to the contractors is that we want these ships, not excuses. Quite astonishingly, in answer to a question from Grahame Morris, we heard from the Secretary of State that there will somehow be driverless ferries—that there will be no staff—so presumably there is no national minimum wage requirement in the contract. First, will the Secretary of State publish the legal advice that he says he was given? That seems sensible, given the House’s concerns. Secondly, will he tell us what were the procurement requirements in relation to equipment, such as ferries, or indeed in respect of the socioeconomic impact in relation to wages, for example?