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Trade Bill: New Clause 5 - Disclosure of information by other authorities (20 Jul 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I am more than happy to support new clause 4, not least because I have signed it, but it is a slightly different thing.  Ensuring parliamentary scrutiny, about which I shall say a little more later, is important, but it is different from the seeking of consent from those Administrations whose policy direction may be affected by a UK Government decision. When we debated the identical new...

Trade Bill: New Clause 5 - Disclosure of information by other authorities (20 Jul 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I want to be careful in how I answer that. I hope the hon. Gentleman understands that perhaps those who can afford to shop in Waitrose—the Minister boasted in Committee that he was Waitrose fan—have a choice; perhaps somebody who is counting every penny and does not have access to anything other than the cheapest food is not in the position to make the same choice. In effect, new clause 7...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: International trade agreements: public health services (25 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: When the Minister described the end of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 process, it is a take-it or leave-it option, with no ability for Members to make amendments whatever. I do not think that is satisfactory, to be brutally honest. As I have said before, I do not question the sincerity of this Minister. When he says that the NHS is not for sale, that no trade agreement has...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: International trade agreements: public health services (25 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I beg to move, That the clause be read a Second time.

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: International trade agreements: public health services (25 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: New clause 12 would ensure that the UK Government had a duty to restrict market access to healthcare services, including medicines and medical devices. We tabled the new clause precisely because trade deals have the potential to negatively impact health services. Although the UK Government have repeatedly pledged that the NHS is not on the table in trade negotiations, leaked documents...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: International trade agreements: public health services (25 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. As in the previous debate, the Minister has said that there will be no compromise on standards. I do not doubt for one second his sincerity, but let us just put it in the Bill so that everyone is absolutely satisfied. In that sense, my hon. Friend is absolutely right—let us rule it out in legislation.

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: International trade agreements: public health services (25 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I have benefited from the national health service; indeed, it has probably saved my life on a number of occasions. I have no doubt that some of the drugs purchased are still under patent by private companies. Some of the diagnostic testing machinery was made in Germany. Nobody, but nobody, is talking about restricting any of our health services in terms of purchasing. We are talking about...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Import of agricultural goods after IP completion day (25 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: The wording that the Minister uses is fascinating. We were talking about production standards. He spoke about production methods. Those are not the same thing.

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Import of agricultural goods after IP completion day (25 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I want to speak to my new clause 11. Trade deals can put pressure on food standards and lead to the importation of food of a low standard. We know, for example, that the US Administration wants the UK to lower its food and animal welfare standards  precisely to allow the export of products currently banned in the UK. The new clause includes a ban on the importation of food produced to...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Import of agricultural goods after IP completion day (25 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I think people are deeply concerned. No matter how many times Ministers give assurances from the Dispatch Box or elsewhere—Conservative MPs know this—because of what is said by our negotiating partners, there is deep concern among the public and, in particular, those who work in agriculture about standards that may be reduced. My hon. Friend is therefore absolutely right that by accepting...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Collection of exporter information by HMRC (25 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I thank the Minister for his commitment in relation to legal professional privilege, confirming that information can be shared between a client and a lawyer and, unless in the course of a criminal investigation, is completely protected. That is a good commitment to receive. I also understand what the Minister said about information being collected to provide trade statistics on a voluntary...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Collection of exporter information by HMRC (25 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I beg to move amendment 32, page 5, line 4, after “may”, insert “, following consultation with relevant stakeholders,”

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Collection of exporter information by HMRC (25 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: The amendment stands in my name and that of my hon. Friend the Member for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey. It would impose a duty on the Treasury to consult relevant stakeholders when making regulations as specified. Those regulations are about the type of information that may be requested by HMRC and how the request is to be made. The reason for this consultation is that it...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: The Trade Remedies Authority (25 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I beg to move amendment 35, in schedule 4, page 15, leave out lines 27 and 28 and insert— “3 A person holds office as a member of the TRA for a fixed period of five years from the date of appointment. 3A A person is eligible for renewal of appointment for a further fixed period of five years upon the expiry of the first period.”

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: The Trade Remedies Authority (25 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: Amendment 35 would establish a fixed period of office for members of the TRA and make provision for one further period of office. The reason is rather obvious. Introducing a fixed term would give TRA members greater security of tenure and therefore reinforce their independence and impartiality, as their duration of service could not be—or certainly could not be perceived to be—at...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: The Trade Remedies Authority (25 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I have no intention of pressing the amendments. I listened carefully as the Minister rattled through that answer. I have no doubt that, with the exception of the specific point he made about staggering five-year terms at the very beginning, things are being done in line with guidance that has been used previously. However, that does not really answer the point that, because of the ministerial...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Implementation of international trade agreements (25 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I start by addressing new clause 22 in the name of my friends from Plaid Cymru. In one regard, it seeks to do something similar to our amendment 8, which the Committee has already debated: to lay down in statute respect for devolution. We witness that in (c), (d) and (e), which would require motions relating to a ministerial statement to be approved by the Senedd, the Scottish Parliament and...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Implementation of international trade agreements (23 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I thank the Minister for reconfirming the non-legislative commitments made by his predecessor in his letter to Ivan McKee. That has genuinely helped. However, the Minister falls back on the argument that bespoke powers are better than a permanent credible structure. I disagree. I think a permanent credible structure provides more stability and certainty than the bespoke ad hoc use of powers...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Implementation of international trade agreements (23 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I beg to move amendment 8, in clause 2, page 2, line 33, at end insert— “(6A) No regulations may be made under subsection (1) by a Minister of the Crown, so far as they contain provision which would be within the devolved competence of the Scottish Ministers (within the meaning given in paragraph 6 of Schedule 1), unless the Scottish Ministers consent. (6B) No regulations may be made...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Implementation of international trade agreements (23 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: Although it was not my intention to press any of our amendments or new clauses to a vote, such has been the public support for new clause 12 on the NHS that it is my intention, if and when we reach that stage of the debate—perhaps on Thursday afternoon —to divide the Committee. I am sorry to leave it so late to advise the Committee of that, but this is the first opportunity I have had to...


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