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Scotland: Union’s Impact on Scotland (29 Jun 2022)

Ian Murray: Thank you very much, Mr Speaker. I am sure the Minister would wish to join me in congratulating the Bridge café in Gilmerton in my constituency on winning café of the year yesterday and the Rotary Club of Braids on its 50th anniversary. We have had some wonderful achievements locally, and good luck to Andy—no relation— Murray at Wimbledon this afternoon. In the latest poll in Scotland,...

Scotland: Union’s Impact on Scotland (29 Jun 2022)

Ian Murray: The very fact that the Minister has to read that list tells its own story. The simple truth is that the Prime Minister puts the Union at risk every single day that he clings on. The country knows that, his party’s Back Benchers know it and even the First Minister knows it—which is why she wants him to stay. Yesterday was nothing more than an attempt by the First Minister to deflect from...

Channel 4 Privatisation (14 Jun 2022)

Ian Murray: In terms of my Register of Members’ Financial Interests, may I say that my special adviser attended the television BAFTAs as a guest of Channel 4? I am told that I must declare that, so it is on the record.

Channel 4 Privatisation (14 Jun 2022)

Ian Murray: I did not go either. I was not invited. Maybe after this speech I might get an invite next year, if Channel 4 is not privatised. Let me say at the outset that this country is the best in the world at making television and films, that our broadcasters are the envy of the world and that Channel 4 is a much-loved part of that essential ecosystem. But why would that prevent the constant...

Channel 4 Privatisation (14 Jun 2022)

Ian Murray: Yes, it is the cultural levelling up that Channel 4 has been able to achieve as part of its own agenda. Analysis by EY—Ernst and Young—which was mentioned by my hon. Friend the Member for Cardiff South and Penarth (Stephen Doughty), estimates that over £1 billion would be lost from the UK’s nations and regions if Channel 4 did not invest in the way that it does now, and that nearly...

Channel 4 Privatisation (14 Jun 2022)

Ian Murray: Yes, but Channel 4 puts all those issues on the table in terms of investing directly in production. Channel 4 provides that shop window. If you say to a production company in Scotland which makes “Location, Location, Location”, “Would you like to make that for Channel 4, but you don’t get the IP?” either the costs will shoot up or they will not make it at all. This model works. It...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Homes for Ukraine Scheme (24 May 2022)

Ian Murray: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, how the £350 monthly thank you payment to those who accommodate Ukrainian refugees under the Homes for Ukraine scheme is being paid.

Scotland: Cost of Living (18 May 2022)

Ian Murray: Let me first join the Secretary of State in wishing Rangers football club all the very best in Seville tonight—although I wish them no luck whatsoever for the Scottish cup final on Saturday, when they will play the famous Heart of Midlothian FC. The Cabinet was asked for ideas on how to deal with the cost of living crisis. So far, we have had “Take on more hours”, “Get a better...

Scotland: Cost of Living (18 May 2022)

Ian Murray: That is simply not good enough from this Government. Inflation is at a 40-year high, but in reality, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies this morning, it is much higher for most families. There is the weekly shop, the energy bill, petrol for the car, and taxes all rising to the extent that 150,000 more Scots cannot pay their bills, and today—in 2022—too many children are going...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: United Kingdom Security Vetting: Applications (16 May 2022)

Ian Murray: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what assessment he has made of the financial impact on UK Security Vetting applicants of waiting periods for security clearance.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Russia (27 Apr 2022)

Ian Murray: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether his Department provides (a) schemes and (b) support to Russian nationals fleeing repression and wishing to join their Ukrainian families seeking asylum in the UK.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Dawnfresh: Redundancy Pay (29 Mar 2022)

Ian Murray: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, if he will take steps to expedite the Redundancy Payment Scheme for workers at the Dawnfresh site in Uddingston.

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Dawnfresh: Uddingston (29 Mar 2022)

Ian Murray: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps his Department is taking to support workers at the Dawnfresh site in Uddingston who are waiting to receive support from the Redundancy Payment Scheme.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: EU Grants and Loans (24 Mar 2022)

Ian Murray: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, whether the calculation for the average value of EU structural fund receipts to the UK of around £1.5 billion per year includes the value of Interreg receipts to UK beneficiaries.

Cost of Living Increases (16 Mar 2022)

Ian Murray: I am pleased that we are debating this important topic and I thank the SNP for bringing it to the Chamber again. Opposition parties have held a number of debates on the cost of living, which is critical for every part of the country. The cost of living crisis really matters because millions of families across the UK face the hardship of not knowing whether they will be able to pay their...

Cost of Living Increases (16 Mar 2022)

Ian Murray: My hon. Friend raises a critical point and we have to keep dragging the Government back to their responsibilities as a result of being in power. Much of the crisis in our public services, including the NHS and social care, also predates covid but the Government keep telling us that perhaps that is not the case. Inflation hit 5.5% in January and is expected to rise even further. Scots are...

Cost of Living Increases (16 Mar 2022)

Ian Murray: Those are some of the consequences that we start to see when the chickens come home to roost. When the Minister responds, perhaps he can also clarify the Government’s policy on VAT on energy bills, because VAT is one of the most regressive taxes. By removing VAT on energy bills, the Government would remove a regressive tax that affects the poorest the most. I understand that if they remove...

Cost of Living Increases (16 Mar 2022)

Ian Murray: It certainly is. To correct the Minister—I hope it is not the third time already; I am on only the second page of my speech—she assumed that the SNP motion backed a windfall tax on oil and gas, but it is actually the opposite. The motion is not to back a windfall tax on oil and gas, but to back a windfall tax on everything but oil and gas—maybe the SNP can clarify that later. This...

Cost of Living Increases (16 Mar 2022)

Ian Murray: We do not want to see council tax bills rising anywhere across the country, but my own council, the City of Edinburgh Council, has had £1 billion ripped out of its budget over the last 10 years by decisions to take Conversative austerity, times it by four and pass it on to local authorities. [Interruption.] I hear the cries of “What?” behind me, but these figures can all be checked. The...

Cost of Living Increases (16 Mar 2022)

Ian Murray: Yes, if we increase the additional rate on the oil and gas sector from 40% to 50%—10 percentage points extra—that will generate the money towards our fully costed plan for raising energy prices, but very well done for defending the Scottish National party, and both the Conservatives and the SNP knocked back the oil and gas sector’s windfall tax when it was brought to this House. To go...


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