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backbench business: Infected Blood Inquiry and Compensation Framework — [Dame Angela Eagle in the Chair] (24 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: Does the hon. Lady also support the notion of the interim scheme being extended to families and carers, such as my constituent Justine Gordon-Smith, who cared for her father, Randolph? She has experienced considerable personal trauma, and the same must be true for hundreds and hundreds of families throughout the UK. Does she agree that they deserve to have their problems and the issues they...

Business of the House (24 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: I associate myself with the comments made about violence against women and girls and Islamophobia Awareness Month. Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that the Scottish Parliament cannot legislate for an independence referendum without Westminster’s permission. I make it clear that the Scottish National party fully respects and accepts the Court’s judgment. It should be emphasised,...

Business of the House (24 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: indicated dissent.

Scottish Referendum Legislation: Supreme Court Decision (23 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: Things have changed dramatically since 2014. I remind the shadow Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Edinburgh South (Ian Murray), that in 2019 he said: “a democracy fails to be a democracy if the public are not allowed to change their mind.”—[Official Report, 8 April 2019; Vol. 658, c. 124.] Back in 2012, Alistair Darling said: “Today we are equal partners in the United...

Wales: Bill of Rights: Self-determination for Wales (23 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: If he will make an assessment with Cabinet colleagues of the potential impact of the Bill of Rights on the right for self-determination for Wales.

Wales: Bill of Rights: Self-determination for Wales (23 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: Secretaries of State, previously and just now, have failed to answer the question from the Plaid Cymru leader, the right hon. Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd (Liz Saville Roberts), on this, so I will have another go. The right to self-determination is set out in article 1 of the international covenant on civil and political rights. Will the proposed British Bill of Rights uphold that by...

Cop27 (21 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: I also associate myself with the comments about Alaa Abd el-Fattah. I pay tribute again to the role of the former COP26 President, the right hon. Member for Reading West (Alok Sharma), in the negotiations. Demoting him from the Cabinet sent entirely the wrong message, and I commend the dedication and diligence he brought to the position. The SNP very much welcomes the news of the landmark...

Business of the House (17 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: I associate myself with the Leader of the House’s comments about the appalling decisions of the Iranian Parliament. I could raise the financial statement, but so much of it was trailed beforehand that it feels like old news, so I will leave it until next week’s debates—except to wonder why extra resources need to go towards cracking down on vanishingly small amounts of benefit fraud but...

Electoral Commission Committee: Political Campaigning (17 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: What recent assessment the Committee has made of the potential impact of (a) the Elections Act 2022 and (b) provisions in the Online Safety Bill on the transparency of political campaigning communications.

Electoral Commission Committee: Political Campaigning (17 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: Today, openDemocracy and Who Funds You? released an audit showing that the least transparently funded think-tanks raised more than £14 million in the past two years from mystery donors. Those think-tanks appear across the media, such as on the BBC. They have secured hundreds of meetings with Ministers since 2012, and advised the likes of the former Prime Minister on policy choices that were...

Scotland: Devolved Finances (16 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: What assessment his Department has made of the impact of the reduction in the Scottish block grant on devolved finances.

Scotland: Devolved Finances (16 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: Public sector pay increases are a sensible way for a Government to help their citizens with a cost of living crisis, but the UK Government are denying devolved Governments the ability to do that by cutting devolved budgets. Would a better use of public money not be to shut down the Scotland Office propaganda unit and transfer its budget to the Scottish Government to help fund pay rises for...

Written Answers — Treasury: Public Expenditure: Inflation (15 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential impact of inflation on the budgets of devolved governments.

Treasury: Topical Questions (15 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: Skyrocketing inflation, much of it caused by calamities on the Government Benches, means that the Scottish Government’s annual budget is worth up to £900 million less than it was just a few weeks ago. When will the UK Government devolve more borrowing powers to Scotland, so we can give the extra, desperately needed assistance to those struggling the most in our country?

Australia and New Zealand Trade Deals (14 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: Could the Minister explain, in this middle of his diatribe, exactly what he will say to his constituents in his rural constituency about the contribution of the former Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the right hon. Member for Camborne and Redruth (George Eustice), which contained startling revelations that will not please them?

Australia and New Zealand Trade Deals (14 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: Does the hon. Gentleman seriously think that that is in any way compensation for the loss of freedom of movement, and of the workers that we were getting from Europe, as a result of the disastrous Brexit deal his Government have negotiated?

Australia and New Zealand Trade Deals (14 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: Does the right hon. Gentleman think that this may also reflect the fact that for many years the UK has not needed negotiating teams to go into the negotiating rooms on behalf of the UK to make trade deals, and that that naivety may in part—along with Ministers’ overenthusiasm—have resulted in poor terms in this trade deal?

Cop27 (9 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: President Zelensky has proposed an initiative for “a global platform to assess the impact of military actions on climate and environment”, citing the impact of Russia’s war on Ukraine as an example of war driving deforestation and renewed fossil fuel generation. Will the Prime Minister be supporting Ukraine’s initiative at COP27?

Business of the House (3 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: Last week the Leader of the House asked me a question, Mr Speaker—and I will answer it, now that I have the opportunity. The Leader of the House quoted those anonymous but, of course, completely legit—I will pause for a knowing wink here—sources from the EU who apparently told eager journalists something that we have actually all known for a very long time: that countries applying to...

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: We spend a lot of time in this place talking about the many faults of Westminster Governments and the constitutional arrangements that we and so many of our constituents object to. Indeed, I will be touching on some of those later, but I want to start by talking about the possibilities, the opportunities, that we can explore in an independent Scotland. It is the possibilities suggested by a...


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