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Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

John Lamont: I am delighted to take part in today’s debate, and I commend my hon. Friend the Member for Stirling (Stephen Kerr) on initiating it. Devolution should have been a good thing for Scotland, bringing power and decision-making closer to the people. Holyrood has evolved to be one of the most powerful devolved Parliaments in the world, and I for one welcome that process, but it does mean...

Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

John Lamont: No, I have got only a short amount of time left. In many cases, decision making has moved from Westminster to Holyrood. Scotland has become one of the most centralised countries in the western world. The vast majority of economic decision-making powers are kept by the Scottish Government, and councils have been relegated to little more than service providers. Council oversight of policing has...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: Business (16 Oct 2017)

John Lamont: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many businesses have benefited from the Better Broadband Scheme in (a) Scotland and (b) each local authority area.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: A1: Scotland (18 Sep 2017)

John Lamont: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on road improvements to the A1 in Scotland and the effect on that part of the road of improvements to the A1 from Newcastle to the Scottish border.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: Scotland (14 Sep 2017)

John Lamont: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department has contributed to the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband programme; and what other support her Department has given to the rollout of superfast broadband in Scotland.

Finance Bill (12 Sep 2017)

John Lamont: This second Finance Bill of the year brings forward measures that the House did not have time for before the general election. Without that election, I would not be standing here today to represent the people of Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk and I therefore very much welcome the opportunity to contribute to this debate. I am also delighted to speak so soon after my colleague, my hon....

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (12 Sep 2017)

John Lamont: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how she plans to improve access to broadband services in Berwickshire Roxburgh and Selkirk.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (12 Sep 2017)

John Lamont: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, how many properties in Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk are estimated not to have access to superfast broadband services.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: A1: Scotland (11 Sep 2017)

John Lamont: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government about improvement to the A1.

Anglo-Polish Relations — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (18 Jul 2017)

John Lamont: I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Shrewsbury and Atcham (Daniel Kawczynski) on securing this important debate. I understand that its focus is on the future, but I hope I will be forgiven for using it as an opportunity to promote my constituency’s shared history with Poland. As the Member for a Scottish constituency, I would have preferred the debate’s title to refer to...

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Local Growth Deals: Scotland (10 Jul 2017)

John Lamont: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what progress the Government has made on the delivery of the borderlands Growth Deal.

Housing and Social Security (22 Jun 2017)

John Lamont: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity to deliver my maiden speech during such an important debate on the future of our country. The challenges ahead of us all are indeed profound. Representing much of the Scottish borders for 10 years in my previous role as a Member of the Scottish Parliament was a great honour and privilege. Now, as the Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and...

Scottish Parliament: Attainment Gap (Scottish Borders) (27 Apr 2017)

John Lamont: 6. To ask the Scottish Government what progress it is making in closing the attainment gap in the Scottish Borders. (S5O-00914)

Scottish Parliament: Attainment Gap (Scottish Borders) (27 Apr 2017)

John Lamont: I thank the cabinet secretary for that reply, but the attainment gap in the Borders remains one of the worst in Scotland. Indeed, the Scottish National Party’s record on education in the Borders over the past 10 years is not good. Class sizes are at a record high as teacher numbers have dropped by nearly 80; the number of supply teachers has plummeted by 40 per cent; and only one in 10...

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (27 Apr 2017)

John Lamont: I declare an interest as a trustee of the St Abbs Lifeboat trust. One of the best examples of a community campaign that I have ever seen was the campaign in St Abbs in Berwickshire for the creation of an independent lifeboat when the Royal National Lifeboat Institution withdrew its service. The community rallied together and organised a tremendous fundraising effort to raise the funds needed...

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (27 Apr 2017)

John Lamont: On Twitter, the First Minister spoke of the “incredible achievement”, of the “community coming together” and of the community having “achieved something really special”. It now transpires that Scottish Water’s Business Stream has stripped the St Abbs Community Trust of its water rates exemption for the community cafe and the Ebba centre. I have been...

Scottish Parliament: Engagements (27 Apr 2017)

John Lamont: Given the exceptional circumstances surrounding this situation, will the First Minister—unlike her back benchers—apply some common sense to this matter?

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Waste Recycling (19 Apr 2017)

John Lamont: 5. To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to encourage more recycling of domestic waste. (S5O-00862)

Scottish Parliament: Domestic Waste Recycling (19 Apr 2017)

John Lamont: I note the Scottish Government’s target for a maximum of 5 per cent of waste to be sent to landfill by 2025. In the Borders, we are a long way off the Government’s recycling targets: more than 61 per cent of domestic waste is sent to landfill, which is up from 53 per cent in 2011. We all share the aspiration to increase recycling, but people in the Borders are being discouraged...

Scottish Parliament: Sustainable Rural Bus Services (30 Mar 2017)

John Lamont: 3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what it is doing to support sustainable rural bus services. (S5O-00850)


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