Results 1–20 of 359 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Kirsty Blackman

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: This is the first time that I have taken part in the annual fishing debate, and I am delighted to have this opportunity to sum up for the Scottish National party. Although I was born in Aberdeen and have lived most of my life there, before I was five I lived in Gamrie, which is also known as Gardenstown, near Banff in the north-east of Scotland. That little community has historically been...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I thank the right hon. Gentleman for his comments. I have heard that pretty insubstantial information has been provided, particularly on the numbers. I was concerned to note that the UK Government have made a call for evidence on trade remedies. They want information from companies, organisations and sectors about which trade remedies are important to their sector. The UK Government do not...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I was slightly not expecting to be called to speak then. I am very glad that I have been—honestly. It is good to have the opportunity to speak in this debate, particularly on the financial aspects of the Bill. Given the rumours that we heard last week in the press about the divorce bill, which have not yet been substantiated by the UK Government, this is a good time to be having this...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I absolutely agree. If the incredibly inadequate estimates procedure were used, an awful lot of my constituents would say to me, “Why did you not talk about this?”, and I would have to say, “Because it didn’t happen to be picked by the Liaison Committee and therefore we had to talk about something else and couldn’t vote on specifically amending this...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I absolutely agree with the hon. Gentleman, with whom I used to serve on the Scottish Affairs Committee. This does need to be as transparent as possible. Every bit of money that is agreed between the UK Government and the EU as part of the withdrawal settlement needs to be itemised. We need to know what the UK is agreeing to pay for and the timescale over which we will be paying it.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Withdrawal Agreement Payment to the European Union (6 Dec 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I absolutely agree. I will come on to the more indirect costs in a moment, but first I want to mention one more thing in relation to direct costs. There is still ongoing uncertainty about the replacements, or possible replacements, for EU structural funds—for example, the Horizon 2020 money, the social fund and the common agricultural policy payments. We have a level of certainty on...

Work, Health and Disability (30 Nov 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I thank the Secretary of State for advance notice of the statement. The SNP is extremely disappointed in the statement and the Command Paper that have been produced today. We believe that the UK Government, as a priority, need to reverse the cuts they have made to these benefits and need to scrap the freeze on benefits, because they are harming people. Mencap has released a statement that...

Exiting the Eu: Costs (29 Nov 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I thank the hon. Member for Nottingham East (Mr Leslie) for bringing this matter to the House. There would be no newspaper rumours about the sum if the Government actually told us what the sum was. Nobody voted for this disastrous, disorganised EU exit. People voted for £350 million a week for the NHS, not to spend £40 billion or £50 billion just to be worse off. Our public...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Low-paid Workers: Wage Growth (28 Nov 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: The gender pay gap has fallen by only 0.4% in the past five years. If that trend continues, it will take 113 years for women to be on an equal footing. Why is the Chancellor not doing more for women who are paid less than men?

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Low-paid Workers: Wage Growth (28 Nov 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: Sorry, Mr Speaker; I had intended to ask my second question during topical questions.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (28 Nov 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: In the Budget, more than £1 billion of the so-called extra money for Scotland was in the form of financial transaction money—that is money that the Scottish Government have to pay back. The block grant for spending on frontline services is down £230 million in real terms. How can the Chancellor suggest that a £230 million reduction for Scotland is a good deal for our country?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: How does the hon. Gentleman feel about his neighbouring city of Dundee no longer being able to be a European city of culture because this Government are dragging us out of the European Union?

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: It is an honour to speak on behalf of the Scottish National party on this second day of debate on the second 2017 Budget. This Budget is no better than the last one. The UK Government are in chaos. Cabinet infighting means that they are hamstrung and unable to take even the most basic decisions. Brexit, and the likely economic fall-out, is set to have a dramatic impact on the household...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: Not long ago, Murdo Fraser, a Scottish Conservative MSP, said in the Scottish Parliament that Scotland should not have the money paid back because it was the SNP’s fault for centralising the services. The Scottish Tories supported that centralisation—it was in their manifesto. The Chancellor has agreed that the VAT was unfair and that it was taking money from front-line public...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I will not push it any further than that. The other thing that the SNP has been calling for—the Scottish Tories have so far been unwilling to do so, it seems—is £190 million convergence uplift that is owed to our farmers. That money should go to Scottish farmers and we will continue to push for that. If the UK Government were not in such...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: You know what, Madam Deputy Speaker? I was just about to talk about the Scottish land and buildings transaction tax. I was just about to talk about the fact that it is way more progressive than the position put forward by the UK Government. Before I get on to that, however, I want to make it clear that the Scottish Government are investing £3 billion in affordable housing. Fifty thousand...

Budget Resolutions - Income Tax (Charge) (23 Nov 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: Is the Secretary of State aware that the IFS has just issued a press release saying that workers are now facing two lost decades of earnings growth?

Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Nov 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: My thoughts are with my many constituents who have friends and family in Nigeria.

Duties of Customs (20 Nov 2017)

Kirsty Blackman: I am loth to interrupt the hon. Gentleman’s excellent speech, but I am slightly concerned that he keeps talking about the views of experts. We know that Government Members are not keen on the view of experts. Does he think they might listen this time?


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