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Zimbabwe (15 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: I thank the hon. Member for Vauxhall (Kate Hoey) for raising this important issue. Does the Foreign Secretary agree that democracy and respect for human rights and the rule of law are the best way to guarantee secure and sustainable development? Does he also agree with me about the importance of the role that the NGO sector will have to play in the future of Zimbabwe—and also...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (15 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: The Prime Minister is aware that BiFab, a firm that supplies the energy sector, might enter administration, which would put 1,400 jobs in Fife, Lewis and elsewhere in Scotland under threat. Will she work with BiFab, its workforce, the Scottish Government and Fife Council to do all they can? What specific action can she take?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Interpretation of retained EU law during transitional period (14 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: I am loth to interrupt my hon. and learned Friend, who is making a powerful case for legal certainty, but does she agree that a wide range of industries and other organisations will need legal certainty, certainly around freedom of movement, such as our education sector and food and drink sector? Does she also share my concerns about the reports that have come from the Financial Times this...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: It is an absolute privilege to follow the right hon. and learned Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke). I welcome the applause from those on the Labour Benches. [Interruption.] Yes, some of them. Over the weekend, we passed the halfway mark between the EU referendum and actually leaving the European Union. It is difficult to argue that over those 500-plus days we have spent that time well, that...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: The hon. Lady makes an excellent and principled intervention. To double down on that, I will quote the leader of the Scottish Conservatives. The problem is that I cannot quote her directly; I will have to paraphrase what she said, because if I read out the quote, I would be held to be out of order in this place. She called into question the veracity of claims on costs in terms of the EU, and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: If only the Government had seen the hon. Gentleman’s talents, he could have been in government implementing these changes. When it comes to increasing funding for the NHS, I look forward very much to the conversations that he and I will have as we pass through the same Lobby in an effort to get the health funding that was promised by people who are now in government.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: The hon. Gentleman makes an excellent point, as he always does on these matters, even though he and I may not agree on much. Ruth Davidson and I do not often agree on much either, but she was right that we deserve the truth. This place deserves accountability over the promises that have been made. I wonder whether the Minister, who is in his place and who made those promises as part of Vote...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: I will give way to the hon. Lady, and then to the Minister.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: The hon. Lady makes a good point. I will take an intervention from the Minister, since I mentioned him, and then I will make progress with my speech.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: The Minister is trying to absolve himself of responsibility for spending on the health service. If only he had done that before the EU referendum. If only he had stopped people putting it on the side of a bus. It is extraordinary, because those Vote Leavers are Ministers now. They are in the posts that they wanted, and they need to take a bit of responsibility and deliver on their promises....

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: I will not give way at the moment; I will make some progress, as I promised I would. This is the question: in any future referendum on any issue, are we all free to say whatever we like, because nobody will be held to account for what has been said?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: Not at the moment, because I made a promise. Surely Members from all parts of the House must recognise the damage that has been done to politics as a whole by the empty promises that were made by Vote Leave. Frankly, that is one of the many reasons why this Bill deserves to fall. The right hon. Member for Birkenhead (Frank Field) made a good point about compromise. In a Parliament of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: This is extraordinary, isn’t it? Something the Scottish Government had the decency to do before the independence referendum was to produce a 670-page White Paper. There are Members in the Chamber—I am looking at the hon. Member for Edinburgh West (Christine Jardine)—who did not agree with it. She campaigned for a no vote, and I respect her for doing so, but we had the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Date of exit from the European Union (14 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: I thank the hon. Lady for her intervention. Hon. Members on both sides of the House would do well to listen carefully to her words. Northern Ireland has been vastly overlooked and it continues to be overlooked, and the hon. Lady makes an excellent point. One thing that concerns me and should concern Members on both sides of the House is that we have a no deal scenario, with Ministers playing...

Counter-Daesh Update: Points of Order (7 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. Earlier today, during the urgent question on the Brexit sectoral analysis, the hon. Member for Edinburgh South (Ian Murray), who is aware that I was going to make this point of order, said, quite rightly, that the Secretary of State for Scotland had said at Scotland Office questions that the sectoral analysis of the impact on the economy of Scotland...

Counter-Daesh Update (7 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: I thank the Foreign Secretary for early sight of his statement. First, on Syria, Scottish National party Members obviously welcome any reversals of Daesh, and we welcome the short-term humanitarian help that is being provided to the people of Syria. The Foreign Secretary will be aware that there must be long-term consolidation, so what long-term funds have been set aside for restructuring in...

Israel: Meetings (7 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: I share the astonishment of the hon. Member for Edmonton (Kate Osamor) that the Secretary of State is not here to defend herself. It would appear that the Government have such little credibility left that Ministers are now freelancing on foreign policy. I wonder if the Minister will answer these questions. Will he confirm whether the Chancellor was briefed about the outrageous development...

Exiting the Eu: Sectoral Analysis (7 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: It is absolutely astonishing that more than 500 days on from the referendum these documents are not yet prepared. If the Government are scrabbling them together in three weeks’ time, woe betide us all. Have they been shared with the devolved Administrations, as the Secretary of State intimated to the Committee? Can the Minister confirm what other assessments have been made about the...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Horizon 2020 Programme (7 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: The Minister is right to highlight that Scottish universities are world-beating. In my constituency, the University of St Andrews receives £38 million of research funding that relies on our partnerships with the European Union and European institutions. What reassurances can he provide about plans post-2020, so that those partnerships will be able to continue?

European Economic Area: Uk Membership (6 Nov 2017)

Stephen Gethins: I thank the hon. Member for Aberavon (Stephen Kinnock) for securing the debate. He knows that I do not agree with absolutely everything that he said in his speech, but he has provided Parliament with a valuable service, and we should be grateful to him and to the other Members who secured the debate. I believe that we should stay in the customs union and the single market, although I know...


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