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Results 1–20 of 752 for speaker:Douglas Ross

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Children: Poverty (8 Jan 2020)

Douglas Ross: This Office has regular discussions with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on a range of issues. The Hon. Lady will know, the Scottish Government also controls a number of powers to tackle poverty, and I believe that it is important that Scotland’s two Governments work together to address the critical issue of child poverty.

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Devolution: Scotland (8 Jan 2020)

Douglas Ross: The UK Government is committed to having a constructive relationship with the Scottish Government. We continue to develop proposals for a package of reforms as part of the review on intergovernmental relations.

Scotland: Fishing (8 Jan 2020)

Douglas Ross: This is my first opportunity to say what a privilege it is to have been re-elected as the Member of Parliament for Moray, representing my home area, and to now work in the Scotland Office. May I also wish you a very happy new year, Mr Speaker? As we say in Scotland, lang may yer lum reek. Leaving the European Union will afford the fishing industry in Scotland, and across the United Kingdom,...

Scotland: Fishing (8 Jan 2020)

Douglas Ross: I accept that for many years, the fishing industry has not offered attractive job opportunities for young people in Scotland or across the UK. I strongly believe that when we leave the European Union, there is a bright future for this industry. I hope that that will encourage more people to look to fishing as an area where they can have a successful career. My hon. Friend has been a great...

Scotland: Fishing (8 Jan 2020)

Douglas Ross: To prove what will happen, I encourage the hon. Gentleman to wait for question 8 from the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon), which is about exactly that. I will answer that point then, and I hope that the hon. Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Angus Brendan MacNeil) will be encouraged by the response.

Scotland: Block Grant (8 Jan 2020)

Douglas Ross: Ministers and officials have regular discussions with the Scottish Government on many issues, including the block grant. The latest spending round gave the biggest funding settlement for the Scottish Government in a decade, with an extra £1.2 billion to help grow the economy and invest in our vital public services across Scotland.

Scotland: Block Grant (8 Jan 2020)

Douglas Ross: I can reassure my right hon. Friend that Scotland will receive fair funding thanks to the block grant and the Barnett formula, and that will continue. On city and growth deals, we are already investing £1.4 billion across Scotland and we are committed to a deal in every part of the country, including in my own area of Moray, where we agreed to £32.5 million from the UK Government matched by...

Scotland: Block Grant (8 Jan 2020)

Douglas Ross: Let me begin by welcoming the hon. Lady to her position as shadow Secretary of State for Scotland, following the reshuffle by the Scottish National party recently, and paying tribute to the hon. Member for Edinburgh East for the work he did in that role previous to her. The Chancellor made it clear to the new SNP shadow Chancellor that there is nothing to prevent the Scottish Government from...

Scotland: Block Grant (8 Jan 2020)

Douglas Ross: The hon. Lady is asking for “us” to be allowed to get on with the job, but the “us” is the SNP Scottish Government in Holyrood, who are letting down our health service and education service, and overseeing cuts to local government, which are affecting every local authority in Scotland. Perhaps this is not about the amount of money that Scotland gets from this UK Government, which is...

Scotland: Block Grant (8 Jan 2020)

Douglas Ross: I hope that some certainty was given by the Chancellor of the Exchequer yesterday, when he gave the commitment and the understanding that there is nothing to prevent the Scottish Parliament from passing a budget before the UK Parliament does. We shared the estimates on tax and the welfare block grant with the Scottish Government in December last year, and we will continue to engage with them...

Scotland: Block Grant (8 Jan 2020)

Douglas Ross: As the Chancellor of the Exchequer takes his seat, I am sure he is listening to these discussions, and he answered the points made by the SNP representative yesterday. Before I first entered this place, I was a local councillor for 10 years on Moray Council, so I know the council’s important role in setting its budget. In recent years, that has been made more difficult by the greater cuts...

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Ministry of Defence: Harrow East (4 Nov 2019)

Douglas Ross: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on the local economy in Moray constituency of (a) spending and (b) investment by (i) his Department and (ii) the armed forces since 2015.

Prime Minister: Engagements (23 Oct 2019)

Douglas Ross: Last week saw damaging US tariffs applied to many iconic Moray products such as single malt Scotch whisky and shortbread. These industries have nothing to do with the dispute between the US and the EU, so what are the Government and the Prime Minister doing to get those tariffs removed as quickly as possible?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (22 Oct 2019)

Douglas Ross: I recently visited Orbex in Forres, which is heavily involved in the new spaceport at Sutherland and is seen as a sector leader with its new innovative launch vehicle. Will the Minister outline what support the UK Government can give to companies such as Orbex, which plans to bring 250 high-quality jobs to the region?

International Trade: Scotch Whisky Tariffs (17 Oct 2019)

Douglas Ross: The Secretary of State is aware that my constituency is severely affected by a number of the tariffs applied by the US. What will she be doing in the next 12 hours to at least delay these tariffs being implemented? If they are, unfortunately, implemented, what can be done to get them removed as quickly as possible?

Debate on the Address: [1st Day] (14 Oct 2019)

Douglas Ross: The right hon. Gentleman has asked Members of this House to call out misbehaviour. Does misbehaviour include the leader of the SNP saying that the SNP wants to radically reform welfare but does not want the powers transferred from this House to Holyrood? Does it include the leader of the SNP saying that Scotland’s crime figures are better, when serious and violent crime is at its highest...

Us Tariffs: Scotch Whisky (7 Oct 2019)

Douglas Ross: Mr Speaker, as you know from my application for an urgent question on this subject today, my constituency is severely affected by the announcements from the US last week. Moray is home to 40% of all Scotch whisky distilleries, as well as a sector that has not been mentioned so far: the biscuit industry. Some 50% of biscuits exported to the US are Scottish shortbread. Moray is home to Walkers...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Moray Growth Deal (1 Oct 2019)

Douglas Ross: What recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the Moray growth deal.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Moray Growth Deal (1 Oct 2019)

Douglas Ross: The £32.5 million investment that the Minister has just mentioned, which was also matched by the Scottish Government, made the Moray growth deal the highest funded per head of population anywhere in the country. The next key milestone will be the signing of the heads of terms, so can he update us on the progress made towards that?

Thomas Cook (25 Sep 2019)

Douglas Ross: Moray had two Thomas Cook branches prior to the collapse—one in Buckie and one in Elgin. I have been in discussions with the Business Secretary over the last few days, but can the Secretary of State reiterate what the Government are doing to support, advise and help former employees of this company, not only in high streets across Moray and the United Kingdom but abroad?


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