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Exiting the European Union: Scottish Food and Drink Sector (27 Apr 2017)

Steven Paterson: What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the effect on the Scottish food and drink sector of the UK leaving the EU.

Exiting the European Union: Scottish Food and Drink Sector (27 Apr 2017)

Steven Paterson: I am grateful for that answer. The Stirling constituency boasts many world-class food and drink companies, such as the Glengoyne and Deanston distilleries and Graham’s the Family Dairy. What assurances can the Minister give me, if any, that during the Brexit negotiations, access to the important EU market for those excellent companies will be maintained and protected?

The Prime Minister Was Asked: Engagements (26 Apr 2017)

Steven Paterson: My constituent, Mr Buchanan, has suffered several serious strokes and requires extensive care. He was deemed to have missed his appointment for an Atos assessment when Atos arrived early for the appointment and his carers had not yet helped him to get up. As a result, his benefits were stopped. Why is the Government’s welfare regime punishing vulnerable people like my constituent?

Business of the House (20 Apr 2017)

Steven Paterson: Yesterday, the Prime Minister said that in the coming election she would be “out there campaigning in every part of the United Kingdom”.—[Official Report, 19 April 2017; Vol. 624, c. 669.] Perhaps there will be a statement on that. May I helpfully suggest that she visit the Stirling constituency, where the presence of a hard-Brexit, hard-right, pro-austerity Prime Minister will do the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: UK Single Market (19 Apr 2017)

Steven Paterson: The value of Scottish exports of food and drink has doubled in the past 10 years, to £5.5 billion in 2016. This week, the chief executive of Scotland Food and Drink, James Withers, said that he was afraid that the consequences of leaving the European Union without a trade deal would result in tariffs. Can the Secretary of State guarantee that the Scottish food and drink sector will not have...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Economic Growth Outside London/South-East (18 Apr 2017)

Steven Paterson: According to the findings of independent analysis, a hard Tory Brexit could cost Scotland 80,000 jobs over 10 years and a 5% drop in GDP. Why have the UK Government failed to produce a comprehensive impact assessment of the effect of a hard Tory Brexit on our economy? Is it the case that, for some reason, now is not the time?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Ship-to-Ship Transfers (30 Mar 2017)

Steven Paterson: What recent discussions he has had with Ministers of the Scottish Government on the devolution of powers on ship-to-ship transfers.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Ship-to-Ship Transfers (30 Mar 2017)

Steven Paterson: I thank the Minister for that positive response. SNP colleagues, the Scottish Government and local communities are unconvinced by the safety of ship-to-ship oil transfers, particularly in the Cromarty firth, which is a European special protection area for bottlenose dolphins. I am pleased that the Minister is prepared to take up the case with Scottish Ministers, and I wonder whether he would...

Article 50 (29 Mar 2017)

Steven Paterson: When will Scotland receive the enhanced powers, including over immigration, that were promised during the EU referendum by the then Secretary of State for Justice?

National Spitfire Project — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (28 Mar 2017)

Steven Paterson: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I congratulate the hon. Member for Southampton, Itchen (Royston Smith) on securing the debate and on his work on this matter. As a piece of engineering excellence, the Spitfire has long been considered in a league of its own. Its speed and agility is legendary, and we just got a flavour of that from the hon. Member for Aldershot...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Leaving the EU: Departmental Policy Implications (27 Mar 2017)

Steven Paterson: What assessment he has made of the policy implications for his Department of the UK leaving the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Leaving the EU: Departmental Policy Implications (27 Mar 2017)

Steven Paterson: Some 472,000 people who have retired to the EU currently get automatic increases in the state pension, but it is unclear whether this Government will strike a deal on that after departure from the EU, if they manage to do so. Can the Minister guarantee today that elderly EU expats will not join the 550,000 retirees whose payments no longer increase in line with the state pension triple lock?

Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (16 Mar 2017)

Steven Paterson: As a new Member in 2015, what struck me about the whole Chilcot experience was the unacceptable delay. As the hon. Gentleman just said, we in this place want to take educated decisions, based on evidence, so for us—and more so for the families of the soldiers who died—the length of time it took to produce the report was unacceptable. He made welcome recommendations about having a stricter...

Royal Assent: Business of the House (16 Mar 2017)

Steven Paterson: Today is the 708th anniversary of Robert the Bruce calling his first Parliament in St Andrews. Of course, he spent a bit of time in my constituency, too. Can we have a debate on Scotland’s distinct parliamentary tradition, given that it is a story that is still being written?

Scottish Devolution and Article 50 (15 Mar 2017)

Steven Paterson: My hon. Friend makes a very good point. Does she share my concerns that, during the passage of the Scotland Act 2016, any amendment proposed by our party, the Scottish National party—which, after all, represents 56 out of 59 Scottish constituencies—was voted down by the UK Government? That does not augur well for the future when it comes to whether the UK Government are prepared to listen...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (13 Mar 2017)

Steven Paterson: According to the National Audit Office, even if the defence estate strategy was implemented in full, we would still have an £8.5 billion budget shortfall caused by the deterioration of the estate. Is the strategy fit for purpose?

Scotland: Demography and Devolution — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (9 Mar 2017)

Steven Paterson: My hon. Friend is making a powerful case on one of the most important points. I have many similar stories. For example, in Tyndrum—it is just next to his constituency and on the edge of my constituency—I met with the staff of the Real Food Café, most of whom are workers who have come from the European Union. They were extremely distressed about what the future held for them and what the...

Scotland: Demography and Devolution — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (9 Mar 2017)

Steven Paterson: It strikes me that we have had debates in the House of Commons recently on boundary changes, during which the Government argued that those changes had to be based upon population. Based on the point that my hon. Friend has just made, does it not signal the failure of the current policy that according to the Government, Scotland’s number of MPs relative to England will be decreased again...

Scotland: Demography and Devolution — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (9 Mar 2017)

Steven Paterson: As my hon. Friend might be aware, in 2015-16, Stirling University had 930 EU students and 1,350 overseas students; 20% of the student population came from overseas. It clarifies how important immigration is to solving the problem not just of the skills base, which he correctly identified, but to the universities’ health in the future. What are his views on that?

Oral Answers to Questions — Electoral Commission Committee: Business of the House (2 Mar 2017)

Steven Paterson: May I associate myself with the many warm tributes to the recently passed Father of the House? The Tory-Labour coalition administration running Stirling Council recently tried to privatise sports service provision in the area and was only forced to back down because of public outrage, having spent a colossal sum of money in pursuit of that policy. May we have a debate on the provision of...


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