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Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Devolution (6 Dec 2017)

Peter Grant: What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on devolving powers to Scotland as a result of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Devolution (6 Dec 2017)

Peter Grant: The Secretary of State will remember that when the Scotland Bill was on its way through Parliament, we submitted 60 amendments, every one of which he and the Government opposed, but most of which they then adopted through the back door of the House of Lords. Do the Secretary of State and the Government intend to use the same discredited, undemocratic process to correct the faults of clause 11?

Report on Recent Terrorist Attacks (5 Dec 2017)

Peter Grant: Every day, we are bombarded with a torrent of hate-filled, intolerant and sometimes downright violent language from the pages of mainstream newspapers and websites and elsewhere. Does the Home Secretary agree that that in itself is a form of non-violent extremism? Does she believe that we have the right balance between respecting free speech and freedom of expression and preventing those...

EU Exit Negotiations (5 Dec 2017)

Peter Grant: On reflection, I think I prefer the phrase “the rubber has hit the road” to the one that I was going to use to describe yesterday’s fiasco. It is no surprise that leadership contenders are now circling the Prime Minister. I can reveal that there is a vacancy coming up, because the Prime Minister is today being interviewed for the job of Scotland football manager, where her...

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

Peter Grant: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

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

Peter Grant: Perhaps the reason why the hon. Gentleman’s campaign against the Welsh Assembly in 1999 failed was because the people of Wales voted in 1997. It might have gone better if he had turned up two years earlier. As we are talking about where power ultimately resides, I believe 100% in Scotland’s ancient doctrine that the people are sovereign. Where does he believe ultimate sovereignty...

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Peter Grant: I am pleased to be able to sum up the debate. I hope that the House will forgive me if I do not mention everyone’s contributions, but I do not think I have enough time even to read out the names of all their constituencies—it does give the lie to the myth that the SNP is never interested in talking about anything important, given that both our debates today have been so...

State Pension Age: Women: EU Nationals (29 Nov 2017)

Peter Grant: rose—

Points of Order (28 Nov 2017)

Peter Grant: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. In answer to the urgent question, the Minister referred to the binding decision of the House on 1 November. He also referred to a non-binding decision that the House had taken on an earlier day. He appeared to seek to interpret the second decision in terms of the first. Could you advise the House? Where a binding subsequent resolution appears to be...

Leaving the Eu: Sectoral Impact Assessments (28 Nov 2017)

Peter Grant: On a day in June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom were asked one question on one day. As a result of the answer they gave to that one question, there is no going back on Brexit. On 1 November, Parliament was asked one question, but for the intervening 27 days the Government have done everything possible to deny and defy the instruction—it was not a request—that they were...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Peter Grant: I do not remember saying that Britain does not have a role to play in the world. What I said, and I will say it again, is that the role in the world the UK Government appear to have decided for Britain is not a role that the people of Scotland will be comfortable following. Nobody would deny that any country in the world has a role to play. If the Official Report shows that I said anything...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Peter Grant: Let me begin by associating myself with those who have sent messages of congratulations to Prince Harry and to Meghan. I also offer warm congratulations to all the young couples who have today declared their undying love for one another, particularly those for whom marriage would have been unlawful just a few short years ago. Let me also—along with, I am sure, all other...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Peter Grant: I suspect that I have much more confidence in the world-class quality of the food and drink that is produced in Scotland than the hon. Gentleman. I do not believe that Scotch whisky really depends on the Foreign Secretary to become a world leader, and I do not believe that the world-class food and drink that we produce in Scotland really depends on gunboat diplomacy to make people throughout...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Peter Grant: I entirely agree that it is more complicated than it is often presented as being. I have not said that Iran is entirely innocent, but Iran is not buying £2 billion-worth of weapons of war from the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia is. Saudi Arabia stands accused of war crimes. Until those allegations are investigated, I do not think that we should be selling weapons to those who may be...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Peter Grant: No, I will not give way just now. When we look at Conservative Members’ responses to statements by the sovereign Government of Ireland over the last couple of days, we have to wonder whether they recognise that that country’s Ministers have not only the right but an absolute responsibility to speak in the interests of their citizens. If what they say happens not to coincide with...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (27 Nov 2017)

Peter Grant: No. Time is short and I do not want any other hon. Members to miss a chance to speak. [Hon. Members: “Give way!”] If the hon. Gentleman has put his name down to speak, he will get the chance; if he has not, it is unfair on those who have done and who may have prepared speeches. The debate so far confirms that the direction in which the Government intend to take all four of these...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadcasting: Devolution (23 Nov 2017)

Peter Grant: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what her policy is on the devolution of broadcasting powers.

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Peter Grant: Does the hon. Lady think that it says something about the Prime Minister’s priorities that she took the time to apologise to her own Back Benchers for the disastrous general election that she dragged them into, but she will not apologise to the people of these islands for the disastrous Brexit that she is dragging us into?

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Peter Grant: I am pleased to speak in favour of amendments (c) and (e) in the name of the hon. Member for Edinburgh South (Ian Murray). I sincerely hope that he will press them to a vote later this evening. No one here would disagree with the need to have new customs legislation in place. Given that much of the customs legislation that we currently have is derived from EU legislation, nobody would argue...

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Peter Grant: Absolutely. There are significant implications for perishable goods and, as was mentioned earlier, for the manufacturing supply chain where the goods can cross borders several times. There are also implications for medical supplies such as radioisotopes, which are useless if they are held up for a few hours at customs. That, of course, is before we even think about the massive inconvenience...


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