Future of the Scottish economy – Gerard Killen.
Gerard Killen: I congratulate the hon. Member on securing this debate. Although what he says about nationalism is true, does he agree that at the other end of this equation his party is currently also using this situation to aid its best interests? What we are seeing here is a fight between two of Scotland’s Governments, which serve two political parties and not the people of Scotland.
Gerard Killen: Does the Minister not accept that the issue is with the timescales and the lack of notice? Have the Government learned no lessons from the changes to the state pension age? What assessment has been made of the number of women affected by those changes who are also affected by this change?
Gerard Killen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2018 to Question 150254, what estimate she has made of number of face-to-face interviews which have taken place as a result of a claimant forgetting all of their their universal credit online login details.
Gerard Killen: Tuesday was a low point in a long-running shambles for the devolution settlement. I have a lot of time for the Secretary of State, as I find him very constructive, but he is supposed to be Scotland’s voice in the Cabinet and his contradictions at the ballot box show that he has no idea what is going on. How long does he think he will be able to carry on while the Government are clearly...
Gerard Killen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2018 to Question 150775 on Asylum: LGBT People, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the experimental statistics on asylum claims on the basis of sexual orientation; and whether his Department has plans to include those statistics in future regular statistical releases.
Gerard Killen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 11 June 2018 to Question 150775 on Asylum: LGBT People, which (a) stakeholders (b) organisations and (c) individuals his Department consulted on the new instruction on Gender Identity and Expression that will replace the instructions on Gender Identity and handling asylum claims where a Gender Recognition...
Gerard Killen: What discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on future customs arrangements as part of the UK’s negotiations to leave the EU.
Gerard Killen: Can the Minister tell us how many times the Government’s two working groups on future customs arrangements have met, and how close are they to finally reaching a conclusion between the Government’s two unworkable and undesirable customs options?
Gerard Killen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate she has made of the numbers of universal credit claimants who have attended a face-to-face interview in a job centre to remind them of or reset their universal credit online login details.
Gerard Killen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 21 May 2018 to Question 905453 on Food Banks, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of commissioning independent research to analyse the factors which lead to food bank use.
Gerard Killen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of LGBT people seeking asylum from persecution overseas were successful in their application; and whether he has any plans to review the guidelines of such applications.
Gerard Killen: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to replicate in legislation the opinion of European Court of Justice ruling C-673/16 on same sex spousal rights after the UK leaves the EU.
Gerard Killen: I thank the Chair of the Select Committee for his thorough account of what I think was an excellent report, save for the disappointing lack of input from the UK Government. Does he agree that it will be difficult for the reprieved branches to meet any meaningful increase in use, owing to restricted opening times, to a lack of a full range of services and to targets for customers to be moved...
Gerard Killen: The hon. Gentleman is talking about the Scottish Government’s assistance for small businesses. In my area, three businesses have had to close as a result of the treatment they have received from landlords, the most recent being The Big Coffee Cup. Does he not think that it is regrettable in Scotland that there is no statutory or common law right for a commercial lease to be renewed?...
Gerard Killen: Does my hon. Friend agree that another issue for high streets is that the banks have been leaving? Many retailers tell me that having an ATM beside their business makes all the difference to their takings. Does my hon. Friend think that the Government, as the majority shareholder in RBS, should step up to the mark and take action on branch closures?
Gerard Killen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the average length of time taken for a complaint in relation to the equalisation of the state pension age to be (a) received and referred to be Independent Case Examiners Office (b) allocated to a case manager and (c) investigated by the case manager and a response issued to the complainant.
Gerard Killen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27 February 2018 to Question 128375 on universal credit: internet, and the oral contribution of the Prime Minister in response to the hon. Member for Rutherglen and Hamilton West on 7 February 2018, Official Report, column 1489, what progress she has made on the establishment of an online password reset function...
Gerard Killen: To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether she has taken steps to assess public opinion towards different potential border checks between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after the UK leaves the EU.
Gerard Killen: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if the Government will commission independent research to assess trends in the number of people (a) signposted and (b) referred to food banks in areas where full service universal credit has been rolled out.