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Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (17 Jan 2018)

Stephen Gethins: If she will make a statement on her departmental responsibilities.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: Topical Questions (17 Jan 2018)

Stephen Gethins: We obviously work closely with our EU partners on the delivery of international aid. As the Secretary of State makes her plans for working with the EU after we leave, is she working on the assumption that Turkey will be a member state?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Stephen Gethins: I will speak to amendment 6 in my name and that of hon. Friends and colleagues. It is crucial in protecting the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly. I am grateful for the cross-party support, but most of all I want to acknowledge the officials in the Welsh Assembly Government and in the Scottish Government who worked together to produce good amendments...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Stephen Gethins: I am going to make some progress. On 6 December, the Secretary of State for Scotland was asked by MPs across this House about the amendments to clause 11. He said: “The answer is that it will happen on Report”— the stage we are at now. He added: “We have been very clear about this”— terribly clear it would seem— “The Committee stage is about...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Stephen Gethins: As usual, my hon. Friend makes a very good point. I want to make it clear that the points I make about the House of Lords have no bearing on its Members’ personal characteristics. Rather, I am referring to the anti-democratic situation in which we find ourselves. I presume that we are now in a situation in which a Scotland Office Minister, appointed after losing an election, will...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Stephen Gethins: I will. I know that the Minister wants to respond and pick up on some of the points that have been raised, but as I represent the governing party of Scotland, I would also like to make some points on where we are with this—

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Stephen Gethins: I should like to thank the Speaker for his guidance on that—

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Stephen Gethins: Thank you, Mr Speaker. Let me make these points. What accountability is there on the promises that were made during the EU referendum? The Secretary of State for Scotland told us that we would have a “powers bonanza”, but there has been nothing. The Environment Secretary said that we would get powers over immigration, but there has been no accountability over that. The Foreign...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Bilateral Relationships (9 Jan 2018)

Stephen Gethins: May I take the opportunity to congratulate the Foreign Secretary on surviving yesterday’s Downing Street dither? It would appear that Toby Young is the only person to have lost his job. The Foreign Affairs Committee was told that there were to be cuts to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s work in Asia, Africa and the Americas, as the Minister mentioned earlier. What impact does...

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: EU Bilateral Relationships (9 Jan 2018)

Stephen Gethins: I thank the Minister for his response. It is good to hear that he does not believe the cuts elsewhere in the world will have an impact. However, with an increasing number of people thinking that the Government are handling their negotiations with the EU badly, and given that such a view is shared in many capitals around the world, does he agree that the appointment of a no-deal Minister is...

Russian Interference in Uk Politics (21 Dec 2017)

Stephen Gethins: I thank the Minister for his generosity in giving way. On that productive relationship and cultural exchanges—he may not be able to answer this question just now, but he can write to me or ask the Foreign Secretary to write to me—will he guarantee funding for organisations such as the British Council, which is doing remarkable work in places such as Russia?

Russian Interference in Uk Politics (21 Dec 2017)

Stephen Gethins: I did not want to intervene again, but I feel obliged to do so. The Minister refers to a former Member of Parliament, but current Conservative Members are getting paid for appearances on RT. Does he think that that should be cracked down on?

Russian Interference in Uk Politics (21 Dec 2017)

Stephen Gethins: This has been a fascinating debate and this is an opportune time for it; I thank the right hon. Member for Carshalton and Wallington (Tom Brake) for securing it. It is also opportune to reflect on the fact that we are not the first to experience this. I had the great fortune a number of years ago, before I was an MP, to work in the former Soviet Union, and to have worked in Tbilisi for...

Russian Interference in Uk Politics (21 Dec 2017)

Stephen Gethins: As always, the hon. Gentleman has a fine recollection of the facts and makes an excellent point. It is important to state that Russia is one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a journalist. It is worth putting on the record the extraordinary bravery of journalists going right back to those who covered the conflicts in Chechnya, Dagestan, Ingushetia and North Ossetia, as well as over...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Stephen Gethins: Will the hon. Lady give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Stephen Gethins: Will the hon. Lady give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Stephen Gethins: rose—

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Stephen Gethins: The Minister is being very generous. It would be very useful to Members on the SNP Benches if, during his speech, he set out even in principle some of the amendments that were promised by the Secretary of State for Scotland.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Stephen Gethins: My hon. Friend makes an excellent point, and I agree. Having had a look at these assessments, I am not entirely sure what the fuss is about. As we undergo the biggest economic and constitutional upheaval since the end of the war, we have a flimsy report covering 39 industries, not 51, as I was told more than a year ago. The information I have seen would be pretty accessible to the public, and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Customs duties (20 Dec 2017)

Stephen Gethins: The right hon. Gentleman makes a good point. Huge efforts have gone into covering up these assessments and the fact that this is a flimsy job indeed. The point I was making again highlights why we need to protect our place in the single market. That is the primary concern for businesses that benefit from it, and it was not on the ballot. Vote leave did make a number of promises, one of them...


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