Results 161–180 of 2937 for speaker:Stewart Hosie

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...

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

Stewart Hosie: Taking what the Minister has said at face value, it is true that reports have been published, but the affirmative resolution process that he spoke about is effectively a “take it or leave it” option. There is no ability for Members to amend what the Government have proposed. If the Government were to use clause 2(6)(a) to modify retained legislation, we would be given no more than the...

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

Stewart Hosie: I think the Minister is inadvertently getting to the nub of the concerns of many people both in Parliament and outside. It is all very well him saying, “We have published this, and we have made these statements to Parliament”, but does he not recognise that simply publishing what are no more than heads of terms for negotiations, and then updates that say “Everything’s going...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Implementation of international trade agreements (18 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: May I make an observation? Clearly, my amendment was driven by the lack of clarity on the face of the Bill, compared with the more elegant phraseology in the explanatory notes. The hon. Member for Harrow West spoke about investment treaties and the Minister himself about MRAs, but the fact that investment treaties and MRAs are not included in the definition—although the Minister says that...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Implementation of international trade agreements (18 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I thank the Minister for his response and I will take his assurances at face value. I just say to him that the objective not to use this to change tariffs is not one of the exclusions in clause 2 in relation to the implementation of trade agreements. The Government might want to look again later in our proceedings at how exclusions to the use of this power are documented in the Bill. I beg to...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Implementation of international trade agreements (18 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I beg to move amendment 31, in clause 2, page 2, leave out lines 13 and 14 and insert— “(b) an agreement between two or more countries aimed at reducing the barriers to trade in goods or services between them”.

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Implementation of international trade agreements (18 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: The effect of this amendment is clear: to provide a more precise definition of an international agreement and achieve greater clarity in the Bill. The amended wording would provide a clearer definition of an international trade agreement than is currently provided for in the Bill. That is in line with the Government’s own intention, as set out in the explanatory notes. Paragraph 31 states:...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Implementation of the Agreement on Government Procurement (18 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: May I ask a brief question? Is the Chair of the International Trade Committee aware of the obligation that he will have to consider this in advance?

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Implementation of international trade agreements (18 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I beg to move amendment 30, in clause 2, page 2, line 9, leave out “appropriate” and insert “necessary”. I will be mercifully brief on amendment 30. The effect of the amendment would be to limit the scope of the powers to be delegated to an appropriate authority to what is actually necessary to achieve the implementation of international trade agreements. Clause 2(1) provides that:...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Implementation of the Agreement on Government Procurement (18 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: May I seek some clarity? When it comes to general SME bidding for Government contracts, the proportion of Scottish Government contracts that go to SMEs is substantially higher than the UK Government figure. It is all done through the public procurement quota. Likewise, the manufacture and supply of PPE has been done through a specific portal, but I know there was a dedicated Minister—a...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Implementation of the Agreement on Government Procurement (18 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I make a number of observations. The Minister said that the Bill was about continuity. If I take that at face value, as I do, it strengthens the case for the relevant authority being required to make the necessary regulatory changes. He also said that the flexibility allows the relevant authority to respond to specific circumstances, but if those change, there are lots of reasons why it...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Implementation of the Agreement on Government Procurement (18 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I beg to move amendment 29, in clause 1, page 1, line 4, leave out “may” and insert “must”. It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship on this important Bill, Sir Graham. If I may, I will crave your indulgence for a few minutes to make some introductory remarks about the Bill before I move on to amendment 29. First, I recognise the difficulty the Minister has in the...

International Trade: Free Trade Agreements: Environmental Protection Standards (18 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Scottish Land and Estates has said that food and farming is critical, and it is concerned that UK producers are not placed in an impossible situation where they have to compete in an effective “race to the bottom”. What guarantees can the Secretary of State give that cheaply produced agrifood imports will not lead to that race to the bottom?

International Trade: Free Trade Agreements: Environmental Protection Standards (18 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I thank the Secretary of State for her answer, but I did not ask about food quality standards; I understand that. I am asking about production standards. As the National Farmers Union of Scotland has pointed out, there is deep concern about the importation of agrifoods into the UK that may be produced to an inequivalent and uncompetitive standard. How will she guard against agrifood imports...

Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (Accession) (17 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: I thank the Secretary of State for her statement and for early sight of it. I agree with her that forging trade links with the wider Pacific region is a good thing to do. I would also say that membership of CPTPP, if we can join on the right terms, may help to claw back some of the enormous losses that will result from Brexit. At its heart, however, the Secretary of State’s statement was...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Examination of Witnesses (16 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: Q Allie, I have one question for you. In your introduction, you said that while there are some concerns about future trade agreements, you are broadly supportive of this Bill because it delivers continuity. However, in clause 2(6)(a), it does allow the Government to modify primary retained EU law. Are there any anxieties among IoD members that those modifications, made in order to get some...

Public Bill Committee: Trade Bill: Examination of Witnesses (16 Jun 2020)

Stewart Hosie: Do you want to invite the witnesses in turn to make their opening remarks, and then we can see how this will work?

Prime Minister: Engagements (13 May 2020)

Stewart Hosie: Both covid and Brexit are suppressing trade and damaging jobs and the economy and while we hope that, as covid ends, global trade will bounce back, there is no guarantee that that will happen quickly. The Prime Minister could mitigate some of this damage by seeking an extension to the Brexit transitional period. Will he explain to the House why he is being so negligent in not seeking that...

International Trade: Free Trade Deals (12 May 2020)

Stewart Hosie: Around a third of the value added of UK trade comes from indirect trade—indirect links—where goods and services are first exported to one country and subsequently exported to the UK. Given the importance of indirect trade and value chains generally, I am sure the Secretary of State would agree with the Dutch Trade Minister that we should rethink our trade deals to take a closer look at...


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