Angus MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 6 December 2017 to Question 117089, on MoD Hebrides Range, where the data referred to in his answer is held.
Angus MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff at the Hebrides Range had to take annual leave at the end of the year due to their being busy throughout summer.
Angus MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to decide whether protected geographical indicators will continue after the UK leaves the EU.
Angus MacNeil: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to bring forward proposals for a de minimis tax exemption on residual cash balances held in the Share Incentive Plans of employees who terminate participation in such schemes.
Angus MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons the number of guards at Hebrides Range has been decreased.
Angus MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, how many countries have informed his Department that they would like to have trade deals with the UK after the UK leaves the EU.
Angus MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether redundancy terms are being honoured for staff who have recently been made redundant at the Hebrides Range.
Angus MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where air traffic control is undertaken for trials at the Hebrides Range.
Angus MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many additional personnel visited the Hebrides Range in 2015 and 2017 for trials; and what estimate he has made of the number of additional personnel who will visit for trials in (a) 2018 and (b) 2019.
Angus MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many guards were employed at Hebrides Range in (a) 2010, (b) 2014 and (c) 2017; and what estimate he has made of the number of guards who will be employed in 2020.
Angus MacNeil: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what work his Department has undertaken in the last two months to protect protected geographical indications?
Angus MacNeil: The hon. Gentleman talked earlier about co-operation and listening. Our party represents the Government of Scotland. Then there is the party that represents the Government of Wales. In this spirit of co-operation, which amendments will he be taking from either of those parties?
Angus MacNeil: rose—
Angus MacNeil: Will the Minister give way?
Angus MacNeil: How does the UK Government’s approach to working together with the devolved Administrations differ from their approach to working together with, say, Dublin and the other members of the EU27? Is one not a meeting of equals and the other a meeting of master and underling?
Angus MacNeil: Surely the determination is very simple. It is set down in the Scotland Act 1998 that what is not reserved is devolved, so if it comes from Europe, it will be devolved. It is set down and it is simple. It should not be up to the Minister to be judge and jury. He talks about partnership, but he should respect the law.
Angus MacNeil: The hon. Gentleman is making a good point, and the rhetoric of a UK single market would make sense if the UK was composed of independent states, instead of being one super-state.
Angus MacNeil: Those concerns have been laid out by the Scottish Government for over a year now. Surely today’s actions by the UK Government show that if they can concede on Northern Ireland with regard to the customs union and the single market, despite the Democratic Unionist party vetoing that, they can make the same offer to Scotland and to Wales.
Angus MacNeil: Can the hon. Gentleman imagine any politician elected in the Republic of Ireland thinking that Ireland could not manage such matters itself, especially given what has happened today? Why does he require—demand, need—London to do this? Can he not stand on his own two feet and look at the world eye to eye? What is this puppy-dog need for London to sort it all out?
Angus MacNeil: Although the Tories might need to ruminate on that, clearly Leo Varadkar does not. He has the powers and he is using them.