Gerard Killen: I echo the Secretary of State’s comments about Jimmy Hood, who will be sadly missed by all on this side of the House.
Gerard Killen: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, will he give a commitment to refund all VAT paid by Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service to date.
Gerard Killen: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the danger of clause 11 is that it seeks to replace Scotland’s relationship with the EU with Scotland’s relationship with the UK? It is important for the Government to set the tone on how they intend to proceed on an equal basis with the devolved Governments.
Gerard Killen: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Gerard Killen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what financial assistance is available to unemployed claimants of universal credit and jobseekers allowance who are unable to use public transport and are required to attend job centre appointments.
Gerard Killen: This is a “nothing has changed” Budget from an out-of-touch Government enabled by Members opposite who have no idea of the reality of people’s lives. In the midst of it all has been a battle between the SNP and the Scottish Conservatives to claim credit for the Chancellor’s climbdown on the VAT charges imposed on Scotland’s emergency services. As ever, the...
Gerard Killen: To ask the Prime Minister, what recent discussions she has had with the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party on (a) the advancement of equal marriage rights for same-sex couples living in Northern Ireland and (b) the recognition in Northern Ireland of the relationship status of same-sex couples married elsewhere in the UK.
Gerard Killen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department has carried out an equality impact assessment on the move from implicit to explicit consent for third-party agencies assisting universal credit claimants.
Gerard Killen: What assessment she has made of the effect of the Autumn Budget 2017 on BAME women.
Gerard Killen: Does the Minister accept the figures contained in the “Intersecting Inequalities” report by the Women’s Budget Group and the Runnymede Trust, showing the disproportionate impact of tax and benefit changes on women from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and will the Government issue an official response?
Gerard Killen: I thank my hon. Friend for being generous in taking interventions. I speak to many of my constituents about that unfairness in the state pension age increases. Does my hon. Friend agree that what compounds the unfairness is that many of those women, when they were in work, did highly physically demanding, low-paid work and they had to fight just to be paid equally for that work?
Gerard Killen: Does the right hon. Gentleman agree that if we were to accept demands for a second independence referendum from the Scottish National party and it was successful in that referendum, it would set a precedent to revisit that decision in a third referendum for Scotland to go back into the United Kingdom? What precedent would that set for the future constitution of the UK?
Gerard Killen: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?
Gerard Killen: Does the hon. Gentleman agree with me that, with the combination of Brexit and the devolution of increased powers over tax and income bands to Scotland, it is exactly the wrong time for HMRC to consider scaling back its operations?
Gerard Killen: When I received an email asking whether there were any countries about which I would like more information before the debate, I thought to myself, “Where do I begin?” I do not wish to talk down the progress that has been made, because we have made great progress, but the world is still a much smaller and more dangerous place for LGBTI people, whether we like it or not. In more...
Gerard Killen: I agree completely with my hon. Friend’s points, and I will come on to talk about LGBT rights elsewhere in the UK. The TIE campaign found that teachers often do not know what they are allowed to talk about in schools and do not feel adequately trained to tackle LGBTI issues. The TIE campaign seeks to change that, and I welcome the excellent work it has done and continues to do. Just...
Gerard Killen: I absolutely agree with the hon. and learned Lady. The DUP would also do well to look east towards Scotland and to the example that we are setting there. It is a short journey from Glasgow to Belfast, but what a change in rights we see when we make that journey. The cost of the agreement that held this Government together was £1 billion. Why were LGBTI rights and equality for all UK...
Gerard Killen: To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, what the Government's policy is on ensuring non-EU nationals who are partners of UK nationals and became resident in the UK under EU freedom of movement laws can continue to live in the UK after the UK leaves the EU.
Gerard Killen: To ask the Minister for Women and Equalities, pursuant to the Answer of 12 October 2017 to Question 901069, whether the Government has plans to develop and implement best practice guidelines to ensure local providers account for sexual-gender identity within service provision.
Gerard Killen: This month, universal credit will be rolled out in full across South Lanarkshire, which includes my constituency. In October 2015, when I served as a South Lanarkshire councillor, universal credit was first introduced for newly unemployed single claimants. By the end of that year, 48% of council tenants in receipt of universal credit were in arrears, with a total of £65,000 outstanding....