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Scotland: Covid-19: Public Inquiry (23 Jun 2021)

Iain Stewart: I draw the House’s attention to the words of the Prime Minister when he announced the Government’s plans for a public inquiry. He said that we should learn the lessons “as one Team UK” and that the Government “will consult the devolved Administrations”—[Official Report, 12 May 2021; Vol. 695, c. 137.] about the scope and remit of the public inquiry. The Chancellor of the Duchy...

Scotland: Covid-19: Public Inquiry (23 Jun 2021)

Iain Stewart: The hon. Lady raises a very fair point. This Government have provided unprecedented levels of support to people and businesses in Scotland. Some of that comes through UK-wide schemes such as furlough, but other money goes as a fund to the Scottish Government for them to distribute, and there are serious questions about whether that money has been used in the most effective way and gone to the...

Scotland: Covid-19: Public Inquiry (23 Jun 2021)

Iain Stewart: I recall that, in a previous exchange, the hon. Gentleman mentioned that he had suffered some personal family losses as a result of the pandemic, and I again extend my sympathy to him. He raises an important question. I am pretty certain that those matters will be covered by the inquiry. As I say, the discussions to establish its remit and processes are under way. The issue of care homes in...

Scotland: Covid-19: Public Inquiry (23 Jun 2021)

Iain Stewart: In response to the hon. Gentleman’s first point about the tartan army, my experience is that while the spirit is often tested it is never broken, and I am sure it will sustain. I do not think that, at this stage certainly, there is a need for a separate inquiry. We are still at the very early stages of establishing the remit of the UK-wide inquiry, which will cover both reserved and...

Scotland: Covid-19: Public Inquiry (23 Jun 2021)

Iain Stewart: I am happy to confirm to the hon. Gentleman that to the best of my knowledge I have never filled any fountain anywhere with any domestic cleaning product. Turning to the important points that the hon. Gentleman has raised, the issue between the Mayor of Greater Manchester and the First Minister is clearly not satisfactory, and I would urge them both to come to a very sensible arrangement to...

Scotland: Child Poverty (23 Jun 2021)

Iain Stewart: Let me first take this opportunity to thank Department for Work and Pensions staff in Scotland and across the UK who have provided unprecedented levels of support to families during the pandemic. It is a mark of their dedication that the system has coped well with the extra demand that we placed on it. We take child poverty very seriously. Through the joint ministerial working group on...

Scotland: Child Poverty (23 Jun 2021)

Iain Stewart: We are putting in considerable support in a whole range of ways, such as through increases in the living wage. One of the challenges of the pandemic is to ensure that new employment opportunities are there, and this Government and the Scottish Government do work well on co-ordinating our various schemes, such as the kickstart process, to make sure that those jobs are secure and sustainable...

Scotland: Child Poverty (23 Jun 2021)

Iain Stewart: The hon. Gentleman rightly refers to the OECD report, which came out this week and which I have read. It does contain some very worrying findings. It is yet another reason why the Scottish Government should be focusing on the day job of improving services for people in Scotland, rather than obsessing about constitutional matters. On the wider point he makes about child poverty, throughout...

Scotland: Covid-19: Public Inquiry (23 Jun 2021)

Iain Stewart: I draw the House’s attention to the words of the Prime Minister when he announced the Government’s plans for a public inquiry. He said that we should learn the lessons “as one Team UK” and that the Government “will consult the devolved Administrations”—[Official Report, 12 May 2021; Vol. 695, c. 137.] about the scope and remit of the public inquiry. The Chancellor of the Duchy...

Scotland: Covid-19: Public Inquiry (23 Jun 2021)

Iain Stewart: The hon. Lady raises a very fair point. This Government have provided unprecedented levels of support to people and businesses in Scotland. Some of that comes through UK-wide schemes such as furlough, but other money goes as a fund to the Scottish Government for them to distribute, and there are serious questions about whether that money has been used in the most effective way and gone to the...

Scotland: Covid-19: Public Inquiry (23 Jun 2021)

Iain Stewart: I recall that, in a previous exchange, the hon. Gentleman mentioned that he had suffered some personal family losses as a result of the pandemic, and I again extend my sympathy to him. He raises an important question. I am pretty certain that those matters will be covered by the inquiry. As I say, the discussions to establish its remit and processes are under way. The issue of care homes in...

Scotland: Covid-19: Public Inquiry (23 Jun 2021)

Iain Stewart: In response to the hon. Gentleman’s first point about the tartan army, my experience is that while the spirit is often tested it is never broken, and I am sure it will sustain. I do not think that, at this stage certainly, there is a need for a separate inquiry. We are still at the very early stages of establishing the remit of the UK-wide inquiry, which will cover both reserved and...

Scotland: Covid-19: Public Inquiry (23 Jun 2021)

Iain Stewart: I am happy to confirm to the hon. Gentleman that to the best of my knowledge I have never filled any fountain anywhere with any domestic cleaning product. Turning to the important points that the hon. Gentleman has raised, the issue between the Mayor of Greater Manchester and the First Minister is clearly not satisfactory, and I would urge them both to come to a very sensible arrangement to...

Scotland: Child Poverty (23 Jun 2021)

Iain Stewart: Let me first take this opportunity to thank Department for Work and Pensions staff in Scotland and across the UK who have provided unprecedented levels of support to families during the pandemic. It is a mark of their dedication that the system has coped well with the extra demand that we placed on it. We take child poverty very seriously. Through the joint ministerial working group on...

Scotland: Child Poverty (23 Jun 2021)

Iain Stewart: We are putting in considerable support in a whole range of ways, such as through increases in the living wage. One of the challenges of the pandemic is to ensure that new employment opportunities are there, and this Government and the Scottish Government do work well on co-ordinating our various schemes, such as the kickstart process, to make sure that those jobs are secure and sustainable...

Scotland: Child Poverty (23 Jun 2021)

Iain Stewart: The hon. Gentleman rightly refers to the OECD report, which came out this week and which I have read. It does contain some very worrying findings. It is yet another reason why the Scottish Government should be focusing on the day job of improving services for people in Scotland, rather than obsessing about constitutional matters. On the wider point he makes about child poverty, throughout...

Scotland: Universal Basic Income (28 Apr 2021)

Iain Stewart: The UK Government’s approach to welfare is to recognise the value and importance of work, make work pay and support people into work, while giving extra help to the most vulnerable in society. On that basis, we consider that a universal basic income is fundamentally the wrong approach.

Scotland: Universal Basic Income (28 Apr 2021)

Iain Stewart: I make two points in response to the hon. Gentleman. First, if he looks around the world at where UBI has been trialled—in Finland and Canada, for example—it has not been a success. Indeed, the Finance Minister in Finland has scrapped it and is instead looking at something along the lines of our universal credit system. Secondly, the Scottish Government already have substantial powers...

Scotland: Universal Basic Income (28 Apr 2021)

Iain Stewart: I certainly agree with the hon. Lady’s point that the Scottish Government still have much to do to unlock the full potential of the powers devolved to them in the Scotland Act 2016. We are committed to working closely with them to allow them to implement those powers. It strikes me that the separatists are always quick to demand more powers or more money to shift the blame away from their...

Scotland: Research and Innovation Funding: Scottish Universities (28 Apr 2021)

Iain Stewart: The United Kingdom is and will remain a research superpower, with research and development spending at the highest level for four decades. The Government have committed to investing nearly £15 billion in R&D in 2021-22, much of which will be used to fund the work being led by our world-class universities.


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