John Nicolson: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people with conditions that cause short stature have had their mobility payments withdrawn after their transition from disability living allowance to personal independence payments.
John Nicolson: I am often asked by English Members why it is that I support pulling Scotland out of the UK but keeping it in the European Union. It is a good question, because Scotland is no stranger to the idea of sacrificing a degree of independence for interdependence. Indeed, that is the argument that underpins Unionism. When Scotland surrendered its national Parliament in 1707, it was to join a...
John Nicolson: No, I believe Scotland should hold a referendum whether we get our own way on this or not. I believe in independence whatever the outcome of the vote tonight. [Interruption.] An hon. Member with an incredible degree of prescience announces that we lost the referendum. I am not sure whether that takes our debate very much further, but I am happy to acknowledge, sir, that we did indeed lose the...
John Nicolson: Members will be flabbergasted to learn that I agree with my hon. and learned Friend. We see a key part of our future lying in the EU. The Prime Minister, mentioned there with such great affection, chose to visit Edinburgh on her first trip to Scotland, and it was a visit full of visual symbolism. She called on the First Minister, and while they did not hold hands, the Prime Minister said all...
John Nicolson: Does my hon. and learned Friend agree that there has been much misreporting of the recent Supreme Court decision? While it established that Scotland need not be consulted legally, there was no requirement that it should not be consulted constitutionally.
John Nicolson: Given Ireland’s immigration criteria, and how different they are from the UK’s, I do not quite understand how anyone can stop European Union citizens from travelling through Ireland and on to the UK. Can the right hon. Gentleman spell it out for us?
John Nicolson: A few moments ago, the Prime Minister tried to claim credit for passing Stonewall’s Turing Bill. She did not; the Turing Bill pardons all gay men found guilty of crimes no longer on the statute book. When will the Prime Minister follow the Scottish Government and automatically pardon the living as well as the dead?
John Nicolson: They are not doing it.
John Nicolson: What discussions he has had with his new US counterpart on US-UK defence relations.
John Nicolson: The new American President supports the torture of prisoners of war. We do not and neither does the new Secretary of Defence. May I ask the Secretary of State not to reiterate the Government’s position, but instead tell us why he thinks a proponent of torture is an appropriate recipient of a state visit?
John Nicolson: If she will make an assessment of the potential merits of applying different immigration rules to Scotland and other constituent parts of the UK.
John Nicolson: Does the Secretary of State not understand that Scotland needs more immigrants? Given that, why does she not give us the power to choose our own targets, for our own needs, for our own country?
John Nicolson: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, how many sub-post offices have been closed for more than four weeks in the last year.
John Nicolson: The Minister talks of merit. Channel 4 has 13 board members. Ten of them are men. All of them are white. Will he explain to the House why he and the Secretary of State blocked the sole black candidate, who was described as outstanding by Ofcom?
John Nicolson: What recent progress has been made on the Government’s plan to replace the Human Rights Act 1998.
John Nicolson: In the light of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities finding that cuts to benefits meet the threshold for human rights violations, instead of replacing the Human Rights Act, should not the Secretary of State focus on ensuring the protection of rights to which the Government are already committed?
John Nicolson: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the nature and content is of the files removed from the National Archive relating to the events of June 1984 at the Golden Temple at Amritsar.
John Nicolson: Does the hon. Lady share my enormous concern—it sounds as though she does—with that scrounger tone? My father was the manager of the largest social security office in Scotland, and he always said that the problem was not people claiming what they were not entitled to; it was all the people who did not claim what they were entitled to because of the sense of shame and the narrative...
John Nicolson: Does the right hon. Lady not agree that the point raised by the right hon. Member for Don Valley (Caroline Flint) is a matter for criminal law, and has nothing whatsoever to do with transgender equality?