Results 1–20 of 5202 for speaker:Jim Murphy

Written Answers — Scotland: BBC Scotland (12 Jan 2009)

Jim Murphy: Aside from interviews, since I took up appointment on 3 October 2008 I have had no meetings with BBC Scotland.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Barnett Formula (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: I have regular discussions concerning a range of topics with my right hon. Friend the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Barnett Formula (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: That is not the case at all. The four nations of the United Kingdom are, of course, stronger together. We gain great strength from the cohesiveness of that unique union of the United Kingdom. I think the hon. Gentleman would do well to reflect on the fact that there is higher spending on policing in England, that the rate of growth in health spending is 7 per cent. in England while in...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Barnett Formula (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: My right hon. Friend is absolutely correct. I plan to meet the First Minister, the CBI and the Scottish Trades Union Congress in Scotland next month to discuss those and other issues. Further education colleges in Scotland support about half a million Scots every year, including in Lanarkshire. It is essential that those who are unemployed in Scotland, those who need retraining and those who...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Barnett Formula (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: I was in Dundee recently and met business representatives and trade unions. They welcomed the proposals being made by the UK Government. The hon. Gentleman invites me to agree with the comments of a fellow politician; I invite him to agree with the comments of Mr. Swinney, who is from his party. He said: "we welcome a number of elements of the direction that the UK Government has taken to get...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Barnett Formula (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: My criticism of the SNP Government is not that they have invested in a single painting, but that they are not investing in thousands of Scots or in Scottish apprenticeships so that young Scots, in particular, have the chance to get the skills and confidence to compete in the labour market. We are joined in that criticism by the Scottish trade unions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Barnett Formula (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: The Calman commission looking at the future of devolution in Scotland is undoubtedly an important piece of work. Ken Calman also initiated the work of the Muscatelli report on the future funding of devolution in Scotland. I shall not pre-empt the outcome of the Calman report today, but I agree with the hon. Gentleman that it is an essential and important piece of work and we look forward to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Defence Policy (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: I have no plans to have such discussions with the Secretary of State for Defence.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Defence Policy (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: The hon. Gentleman is right to say that the defence footprint is significant in Scotland, where 17,000 service personnel and civilians are employed by the Ministry of Defence. The defence industry in Scotland generates about £2.3 billion. All I would say is that there has never been majority support for independence for Scotland. The fact is that the longer the Scottish National party...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Defence Policy (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: My right hon. Friend is absolutely right. In Scotland, about 16,000 people are directly employed in the defence and aerospace industries, including in the areas to which he alluded. It is an enormous, important part of the Scottish economy, and it is a part of the Scottish economy that can continue to grow in the current economic downturn. It can fuel Scotland's continued success in future years.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Defence Policy (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: I recently had the great honour of meeting the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards in Germany, and the whole House—certainly those on the Labour Benches, and almost everyone in the Opposition parties— would talk with great pride of the work that they did, in a remarkable, brave way, to defend democracy in Iraq. The fact is that if the hon. Gentleman had his way, there would be no Royal...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Defence Policy (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: My hon. Friend is absolutely correct. There have been recent announcements about recruiting more people to shipbuilding apprenticeships on the Clyde. If it were not for Royal Navy orders for the Clyde area and other parts of Scotland, there would be no ships on which apprentices could learn their skills. I could not put the matter any better than BAE Systems did when it gave evidence to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Defence Policy (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: The right hon. and learned Gentleman raises an important point about the specific contributions made by RAF Leuchars and Faslane. I am aware that, for example, in Argyll and Clyde about 6,500 defence jobs are reliant on MOD work. On Leuchars, I am happy to discuss with him what specifically we could do to raise the profile of the work of the personnel there and across Scotland, but it is a...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Defence Policy (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: Again, my hon. Friend is typically correct when he talks about the importance of the shipbuilding on the Clyde that he and other Glasgow Members have championed for some years. Our armed forces are part of our shared heritage—that of Scotland and the United Kingdom—and the Government will do all we can to protect and preserve that for many years to come.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Defence Policy (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: The hon. Gentleman is correct: Scotland is stronger because of the Union and the United Kingdom. There is remarkable pride and passion across Scotland about the enormous contribution made by Scots as part of the United Kingdom armed forces. We will continue to oppose plans by the SNP, of course. Much more important is the fact that the vast majority of Scots refute the suggestions from the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Claimant Count (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: I have regular discussions with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions about how to support those people who lose their jobs in Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Claimant Count (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: I would have expected the hon. Gentleman to reflect on the fact that, as part of the pre-Budget report, an extra £2 billion is going into the pockets and purses of Scots to support them through these difficult times. Scotland being in the United Kingdom makes Scotland more prosperous in good times and help us to insure against the most difficult times when we face crisis, such as the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Claimant Count (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: My right hon. Friend is right. We need to make sure that today's newly unemployed do not become the long-term unemployed of tomorrow. We will discuss those issues with the First Minister and others when we meet in Glasgow next month. We are putting in place welfare reform proposals and increasing the investment in Jobcentre Plus because we will not walk away from our responsibility to the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Claimant Count (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: The hon. Gentleman is right about the importance of North sea oil and gas. I met representatives of the industry last week and, along with the Secretaries of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and for Energy and Climate Change, I will do so again in the next couple of weeks. It is crucial that we continue investment in the North sea, to access oilfields and gasfields that we...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Claimant Count (4 Feb 2009)

Jim Murphy: My hon. Friend is right. I recently met representatives of INEOS and at the weekend I met shop stewards from Longannet and Grangemouth—both places out on strike. It was a helpful and constructive conversation. It is clear that the workers are concerned because of the economic climate and are worried that European law is preventing them from having a level playing field when it comes to...


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