Scottish Affairs: Work of the Scotland Office.
Witnesses: Rt Hon David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland Lord Ian Duncan, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Scotland Lord Keen of Elie QC, HM Advocate General for Scotland
David Mundell: I currently have no plans to visit a food bank in my capacity as Secretary of State for Scotland in October 2017.
David Mundell: The UK’s exit from the EU is an all-of-government operation. The Department for Exiting the European Union is doing detailed work with departments to prepare for the upcoming negotiations by understanding the risks and opportunities of leaving the EU and coordinating planning. Staff across the Scotland Office provide advice to Ministers on EU Exit and exit-related issues. Given the...
David Mundell: The membership of the Scottish Business Taskforce, chaired by Lord Dunlop, will be announced in advance of the first meeting which will take place on 27 October.
David Mundell: The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill will convert European Union law into UK law as it applies in the UK at the moment of exit. This will ensure that, wherever possible, the same rules and laws will apply the day after exit as they did before. The Government is still making a detailed assessment of what corrections will be required to make that law function appropriately on exit day. The...
David Mundell: All Memorandum of Terms of Occupation arrangements for buildings occupied by the Scotland Office will be placed in the Libraries of the House.
David Mundell: The Scotland Office does not currently contract Carat Ltd for media services. The spend of £16,880.82 which covers a period of 18 months was paid for directly by the department. Department procurement cards were used to make these payments to both Facebook and Twitter. Spend for use of department procurement cards over the value of £500 is published on gov.uk at:...
David Mundell: The Scotland Office currently pays rent for Dover House in Whitehall to the Crown Estate and for adjoining properties in Edinburgh, 1 Melville Crescent and 45 Melville Street to Ruthven Properties Ltd.
David Mundell: The Scotland Office is committed to communicating its important messages to as wide an audience as possible.
David Mundell: The Scotland Office does not have a requirement to purchase steel.
David Mundell: The Scottish Government and the UK Government are working together to ensure we get the best deal for Scotland and the whole of the UK as we exit the EU. This position paper was published ahead of the last negotiating round and we have carried out positive and productive engagement with the Scottish Government.
David Mundell: The following costs have been incurred for the visit to Paraguay and Argentina: Air travel £18,014 Subsistence and Hotels £136 Miscellaneous travel costs £74 Events and Gifts £197
David Mundell: The following costs have been incurred for the visit to Singapore and Myanmar: Air travel £13,371 Subsistence and Hotels £728 Events and Gifts £51
David Mundell: I regularly meet with Cabinet colleagues to discuss all issues relating to the UK’s exit from the EU.
David Mundell: The Scottish Government and the UK Government are working together to ensure we get the best deal for Scotland and the whole of the UK as we exit the EU. The government has been clear that we expect leaving the EU to result in a significant increase in the decision-making powers of the devolved administrations.
David Mundell: I regularly meet with stakeholders across Scotland to listen, exchange views and address concerns and will continue to do so to ensure that all sectors can take full advantage of the new opportunities that Brexit will bring. The government has been clear that leaving the EU will result in a significant increase in the decision-making powers of the devolved administrations.
David Mundell: I have regular discussions with the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and Scottish Government ministers on a range of issues. The UK has legislation in place which requires manufacturers to place only safe products on the market and to take action where a safety issue is identified. BEIS is in regular contact with white goods manufacturers and AMDEA (the...
David Mundell: The Scotland Office does not run its own staff exit scheme. Any departures would be under schemes run by the parent employers of staff who join the office on assignment, loan or secondment from other government bodies, principally the Ministry of Justice and the Scottish Government. Due to the small numbers involved, specific details and costs cannot be provided to protect the privacy and...
David Mundell: The Scotland Office has no current or previous staff that are part of the Government Commercial Function.
David Mundell: The Scotland Office does not employ staff directly. Staff that join do so on assignment, loan or secondment from other government bodies, principally the Ministry of Justice and the Scottish Government. Matters such as pay awards would be a matter for the employing departments.