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Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill: EU VAT area and pre-commencement requirements (16 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: Given that there may not be a Third Reading, I will start very briefly with some thank yous. I would like to thank Scott Taylor, one of our researchers. I would also like to thank the work of the Public Bill Office, particularly that of Colin Lee and Gail Poulton, who have been absolutely excellent in their support to all of us who have been here throughout the passage of the Bill. I want to...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Customs Arrangements — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: On goods that are coming in from a third country, how will the Government work out on which bits of a shipment to charge the UK tariff, and on which bits to charge the EU tariff?

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Customs Arrangements — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: On that note, Mr Streeter, I thank you for chairing the debate and congratulate the hon. Member for Wimbledon (Stephen Hammond) on securing it. I also want to mention the fact that there are quite a lot of people in the Public Gallery, which is unusual. It is good for people to see that debate in this place can be respectful and that it can be conducted without shouting as we perhaps do at...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Customs Arrangements — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Customs Arrangements — [Mr Gary Streeter in the Chair] (10 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: To return to the hon. Gentleman’s welcome of the Chequers plan, could he give more detail about that and how he thinks it will actually work? I have concerns that it may not be workable at all.

Treasury Spending: Grants to Devolved Institutions (3 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: I appreciate the chance to have a minute at the end of this debate. On the debate and the way it has been conducted, I appreciate the fact that so many people have taken an interest in the finances that are being granted to the devolved institutions. I really hope that, when it comes to the Budget process later this year, we see the same level of interest. Finally, the change in the process...

Treasury Spending: Grants to Devolved Institutions (3 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Treasury Spending: Grants to Devolved Institutions (3 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: I was very pleased to hear the hon. Gentleman mention the Aberdeen city region deal. I was a huge supporter of it. Indeed, I initiated an Adjournment debate on that very subject during my first few weeks as an MP. Does he not recognise, however, that the Scottish Government are providing more funds for the deal than the UK Government? Will he push the UK Government to match the Scottish...

Treasury Spending: Grants to Devolved Institutions (3 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: I thank the Backbench Business Committee for agreeing to schedule this debate, and I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow South (Stewart Malcolm McDonald) for making the application and all the Members from across the House who agreed to back it. My hon. Friend is unwell today, which is why I am here in his place; I hope that Members understand. As the House would expect, I shall...

Treasury Spending: Grants to Devolved Institutions (3 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: I agree. What we should be doing in this debate, and what I will try to do in this debate, is to lay out what the real-terms cuts actually are. We cannot have constant fudge from the UK Government, whether on the Wales budget or on the Scotland budget. We need to be accurate about how much is being cut from these budgets. Scotland’s fiscal resource budget has seen a cut of 9.1% over...

Treasury Spending: Grants to Devolved Institutions (3 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: I do not give a stuff how much Donald Trump has invested in Scotland, because he is separating families, and that far outweighs any good that he has done with the investment that he has made.

Treasury Spending: Grants to Devolved Institutions (3 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: I am pleased that the Scottish Government are receiving the financial transactions money. However, the UK Government cannot say that this is money that can be spent on day-to-day spending, because it cannot. The Resolution Foundation has specifically said that it cannot be spent in that way.

Treasury Spending: Grants to Devolved Institutions (3 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: I will not give way, because I want to make some progress. That money cannot be spent on day-to-day services such as our NHS. On the NHS, our Scottish Government have invested an additional £550 million in health and social care. We have increased the health and sport budget by 9.6% in real terms between 2010-11 and 2018-19. In addition, our NHS Scotland staff will be offered a 9% pay...

Treasury Spending: Grants to Devolved Institutions (3 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: Many people took advantage of the right to buy, because it was the rule that they could do so. I do not think that people should be allowed to do that, which is why I have supported the Scottish Government’s move. I will not criticise the UK Government for doing this south of the border, but I urge them to look at what is happening in Scotland—particularly with council housing,...

Treasury Spending: Grants to Devolved Institutions (3 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: The Labour party was in charge in Holyrood before and could have cancelled the right to buy then, but it sadly did not. Unfortunately, we are trying to undo the legacy of Margaret Thatcher, who put in place the right to buy. We are trying to undo the legacy of the decimation of our council housing stock. The reality is that we can only build houses so quickly, and we are doing our very best....

Treasury Spending: Grants to Devolved Institutions (3 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: Of the homes that the Scottish Government are building, 35,000 are for social rent. The reality is that the Scottish Government have put in place a huge number of schemes to allow first-time buyers to get into the housing market, including joint purchase schemes, whereby people go into joint purchases with the Scottish Government. These measures have been incredibly successful in ensuring...

Treasury Spending: Grants to Devolved Institutions (3 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: I am very sad that the hon. Gentleman does not recognise that £160 million of EU funding should have come to Scotland. It is important that Members across the House push for this money to come. It is also really important that it is guaranteed in future years as well and not lost now and therefore lost in future years. It is very important that we get that money. [Interruption.] The...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Leaving the EU: Agricultural Sector (3 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: Given that over 18% of Scotland’s international exports are food and drink related—our top export—this is an important question for people in Scotland. The EU’s average applied most-favoured-nation tariff for agricultural products is 11.1%, but it is different for individual products: 170% on oils, 157% on fruit and veg, and 152% on beverages and tobacco. How many...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Leaving the EU: Agricultural Sector (3 Jul 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: People in Scotland are used to the UK Government making empty assurances, but the reality is that farmers cannot make plans on the strength of such assurances. Scottish farmers should have received over 80% of the convergence uplift moneys that the UK was given by the EU, but the UK Government have slashed that, passing only 16% on to Scottish farmers. Given the UK Government’s track...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Personal Independence Payment (26 Jun 2018)

Kirsty Blackman: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether any errors have been identified recently in the calculation of entitlement to benefits consequential on entitlement to personal independence payment.


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