Ian Murray: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on securing his first debate in this Chamber and on his election. He talks about working together, so was he as astonished as I was when the Scottish Nationalist Government in Edinburgh voted against lifting the public sector pay cap in Scotland while SNP Members here voted to lift it in Westminster? If so, could the UK and Scottish Governments work together...
Ian Murray: My hon. Friend, as always, is making a wonderful speech from the Front Bench. I think it would be appropriate to pay tribute to David Hope-Jones, the chief executive of the Scotland Malawi Partnership. He has not yet been mentioned in this debate, but he does so much, not only to enhance the partnership but to provide us all with the information we require in this kind of debate.
Ian Murray: The hon. Gentleman highlights some of the projects in his constituency, including education projects. South Morningside, Bruntsfield and Gilmerton primaries in my constituency have direct links with primary schools in Malawi. Will he reflect on the fact that that might be why this partnership has grown, flourished and endured for so long—that younger people are involved and they take...
Ian Murray: Will the Secretary of State give way?
Ian Murray: The Secretary of State mentioned in his opening remarks that the Bill gives Ministers the power to change laws through statutory instruments and other mechanisms. Does that include changing laws in terms of devolved Administrations?
Ian Murray: May we have a statement from the Government on when they plan to reconvene the Joint Ministerial Committee, so that devolved Administrations can be fully involved and consulted on the Brexit process?
Ian Murray: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when patient capital review consultation will commence; and if he will make a statement.
Ian Murray: While the hon. Gentleman is having discussions with Glasgow City Council, will he pick up the phone to the City of Edinburgh Council and explain why he can find £1.5 billion for the Democratic Unionist party, but cannot find a solitary pen to sign the Edinburgh city region deal?
Ian Murray: The interim Prime Minister has repeatedly refused to answer the question asked by my right hon. Friend the Leader of the Opposition, so may I try again? It was reported over the weekend, by the temporary Chancellor’s own Cabinet colleagues, that he had said that some public sector workers are “overpaid”. Will the Prime Minister tell the House, the country and those public...
Ian Murray: One of the best boosts to economic growth is Government infrastructure spending, so will the Chancellor look down the back of the sofa where he found the £1 billion for the deal with the Democratic Unionist party and find more change to sign the Edinburgh city growth deal?
Ian Murray: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on the NHS of changes to the IR35 regulations; and if he will make a statement.
Ian Murray: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment the Government has made of the adequacy of the length of maternity and paternity leave of parents who have multiple births.
Ian Murray: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps she is taking to help other Departments spending resources on aid achieve good or very good ratings under the international aid transparency initiative.
Ian Murray: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will ensure that any changes to the OECD Development Assistance Committee rules are proposed on the basis of increasing the beneficial effects of aid spending on the world's poorest and most vulnerable communities.
Ian Murray: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if she will ensure that spending on aid by all Government Departments conforms to the International Development Act 2002.
Ian Murray: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 5 July 2017 to Question 2292, whether he plans to publish the results of the research on foreign exchange (a) separately from the Government's response to the consultation, (b) in conjunction with the Government's response to the consultation or (c) not at all; if he will bring forward amendments to the draft Payment Services...
Ian Murray: The Scottish Affairs Committee published a report at the end of the previous Parliament that was hugely critical of the Government’s approach to jobcentre closures, particularly in Glasgow, where some claimants are having to take three buses to reach other jobcentres, at huge expense. The Secretary of State has said three times this morning that he will not review the sanctions regime...
Ian Murray: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what process is in place for individual constituents to bring alleged cases of war crimes to the attention of the war crimes unit and the relevant authorities.
Ian Murray: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what mechanisms are in place to enable people to bring allegations of war crimes to the attention of the appropriate authorities.
Ian Murray: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many visa applications made in Scotland were (a) rejected as a result of the income threshold regulations and (b) granted an appeal in each of the last five years.