Further Devolution

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland – in the House of Commons on 24th July 2019.

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Photo of Martin Whitfield Martin Whitfield Labour, East Lothian

What recent discussions he has had with the Prime Minister on the devolution of further powers to Scotland.

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

I have regular meetings with my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister, who has been unwavering in her passionate support for our Union. We have regularly discussed the UK Government’s continued commitment to the devolution settlement and to a strong Scotland within a strong United Kingdom.

Photo of Martin Whitfield Martin Whitfield Labour, East Lothian

If the Secretary of State is in his place later, what will he do to keep Scotland in its place in the UK?

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

I will continue to do as I have done for the past four and a bit years, and that is relentlessly to make the positive case for the benefit of Scotland being in the United Kingdom and to the United Kingdom of having Scotland in it.

Photo of David Davies David Davies Chair, Welsh Affairs Committee

Britain will be leaving the European Union on 31 October, under our excellent new Prime Minister. Will my right hon. Friend confirm that, when we do so, 100 extra powers will be devolved to the Scottish Parliament, meaning that Conservatives and Brexiteers are the true friends of devolution and a strong Scottish Parliament?

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

My hon. Friend makes a pertinent point. This party and this Government have been committed to the devolution settlement and to making it work. There is one party in this Parliament that would destroy devolution, and that is the SNP.