Results 1–20 of 65 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:John Lamont

Palestinian Communities: Israeli Demolitions — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (6 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: I congratulate the hon. Member for Aberavon (Stephen Kinnock) on securing this important debate. I refer hon. Members to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. I had an opportunity to visit Israel and the west bank last year; I believe it is only possible to properly understand the challenges of the conflict by visiting there oneself. There is still support for a...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that point. I will leave it to him to explain to his constituents why, by pressing his amendment, he will be putting at risk Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom. The amendment would damage the internal market of the United Kingdom and Scotland’s place in the United Kingdom. We are not supporting it because it goes too far. As my hon....

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. I will not get involved in a running commentary on what he has been reading on Twitter. I look forward to hearing what the Prime Minister has to say when she is ready to speak to us. My priority from Brexit is twofold. My first priority is to protect the integrity of the UK internal market, which is worth four times more to Scottish...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: These powers are with the European Union just now. We all accept that there will be a need for UK-wide framework agreements, and we need to get the process right. Why rush into devolving everything to the Scottish Parliament when the framework agreements might require powers to be retained at a UK level to protect the UK internal market, and to allow us to enter into trade agreements with...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point. Significant progress is being made between the two Governments, which was why I was so disappointed with the opening remarks of the right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber. There is not a million miles between the two Governments.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: I accept that the UK Government are holding discussions with the other parts of the United Kingdom, but I am here to represent a Scottish constituency and my Scottish constituents. I would not be doing my job properly if I did not focus on Scotland and the challenges that Brexit will present there.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: I want to make a little bit more progress. I completely reject the Scottish Government’s unhelpful narrative in the early stages of this process—we have heard it from some who have spoken today—that there is a power grab. No powers that are currently exercised by the Scottish Parliament will be reserved to the Westminster Parliament. Every decision that the Scottish...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: My comments relate to the UK-wide framework agreements, on which I thought there was cross-party agreement. We need the framework agreements to protect the integrity of the UK internal market’s operations. As we progress out of Brexit, we will enter into trade deals with other countries, and it is important that the United Kingdom as an entity can offer one approach—common...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: I just want to make a little more progress. The UK Government have made it crystal clear that clause 11 is temporary until powers can be devolved. It is simply wrong to suggest that the Bill is some sort of power grab by Westminster. I suggest that this is just another chapter in the SNP’s book of grievance politics.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: The hon. and learned Lady is misrepresenting the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party’s position. We are completely committed to devolution. We have delivered more powers to the Scottish Parliament than any other party in this Chamber and we will continue to do so after Brexit. It is completely disingenuous to suggest anything else.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: I will learn, Mr Crausby, and I am happy to withdraw the remark. The hon. and learned Lady said that the Scottish Conservative and Unionist party was in some way not supportive of devolution, which is just not the case. She has given me the opportunity to repeat my point: this party has delivered more powers to the Scottish Parliament than any other party in this Chamber, and it will continue...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: No; I think I have heard quite enough from the hon. and learned Lady this evening. Despite the rhetoric of the Scottish National party, the opposite is in fact true, as the UK Government and the Scottish Government are relatively close to reaching an agreement.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. Both sides agree on the need for common frameworks. As I listened to the Scottish Government’s Michael Russell and the Secretary of State for Scotland speaking yesterday, it was clear that significant progress has been made in the discussions between the two Governments, which is to be welcomed. I also welcome the clear statement from the Secretary of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: If the two Governments agree that a power is required for the framework, that is the type of power that will have to be retained. That will protect the integrity of the UK market and allow our country to do trade deals with other countries of the world, but it will be an agreed position. That is why the discussions between the Scottish Government and the UK Government are so important. That...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: I will speak to the measures that relate to Scottish devolution, particularly clause 11, which we have heard so much about during this debate. However, before I do so, I want briefly to talk about my role in this process, and indeed that of other Scottish Conservative and Unionist Members here and in the Scottish Parliament. Our job is to ensure that the Bill is in a form that will ensure...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: No, I just want to make a little bit of progress. Although I do not support the amendments proposed by the Scottish and Welsh Governments—I will try to outline my reasons why—I do think that the UK Government need to do more to find a way forward with the devolved Administrations. The leader of the SNP here, the right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber (Ian Blackford),...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: It is my colleagues on the Government Benches who have made the Scottish Parliament as powerful as it is today. The Scottish Secretary has given a guarantee that, after Brexit, the Scottish Parliament will have even more powers. The problem with the amendment that the hon. Lady intends to support is that it goes too far. It would harm the internal market of the United Kingdom and undermine...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: The hon. Lady should perhaps look at last week’s discussions between the Secretary of State for Scotland and the Deputy First Minister for Scotland about how powers should be divided between this place and the Scottish Parliament. I believe that genuine progress is being made, but we should not rush it.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

John Lamont: The Secretary of State and the United Kingdom Government have made it absolutely clear that, after Brexit, the Scottish Parliament will be much more powerful than it is today. Despite that the right hon. Gentleman continues to stand and spout those views. That is just not the case. Our job is to protect Scotland’s place within the United Kingdom and within the internal market of the...

Backbench Business: Dr Elsie Inglis and Women’s Contribution to World War One — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Nov 2017)

John Lamont: May I correct the hon. Gentleman’s pronunciation of “Marygold”? I wish to ensure that the official record is accurate.


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