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Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (5 Jul 2018)

Gerard Killen: I have written to the Secretary of State about my constituent who had no access to a toilet on a bus replacement service or at any of the stops along the route between Salford and Preston. She is a pregnant woman, and she was forced to wet herself and then sit on the floor of the train from Preston to Glasgow because it was overcrowded and delayed. Does the Secretary of State believe that she...

Opposition Day - [15TH Allotted Day, 1ST Part]Opposition Day: Claim of Right for Scotland (4 Jul 2018)

Gerard Killen: The right hon. Gentleman is talking about the words of Nicola Sturgeon, and I just wanted to draw his attention to her words at the SNP’s Aberdeen conference in 2015, when she said: “To propose another referendum in the next parliament without strong evidence that a significant number of those who voted No have changed their minds would be wrong and we won’t do it. It would...

Counter-Daesh Update (3 Jul 2018)

Gerard Killen: The Secretary of State will be aware of reports of a number of private conversations and correspondence between himself and the Prime Minister that have been leaked to the press. Can he shed any light on how these have come into the public domain? Has he instituted a leak inquiry? If so, who will be leading on it and when will it report its findings to the House?

LGBT Action Plan (3 Jul 2018)

Gerard Killen: There is a lot to welcome in this action plan. I am alarmed by the statistic that two in three respondents feel they cannot hold their partner’s hand but, of course, 100% of people in same-sex relationships in Northern Ireland cannot get married. I welcome the funding and support for Commonwealth nations, but what practical support can the Minister offer people in Northern Ireland to...

Scottish Economy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (27 Jun 2018)

Gerard Killen: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Scottish Economy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (27 Jun 2018)

Gerard Killen: I beg to move, That this House has considered the future of the Scottish economy. It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mrs Main, and to bring such an important and timely debate to the House. I am pleased to see so many colleagues here, although I am disappointed that the Under-Secretary of State for Wales is the only Government Minister who could join us. I know the Government...

Scottish Economy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (27 Jun 2018)

Gerard Killen: I must point out that this is a debate about the Scottish economy, so I am not sure whether the presence of the Minister, albeit welcome, is an indication of diary conflicts, or that we are all the same in the eyes of the UK Government. It would have been nice to see someone from the Scotland Office or perhaps a Treasury Minister here to answer the debate. It has been 10 years since the...

Scottish Economy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (27 Jun 2018)

Gerard Killen: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his point. We have a serious issue with how we expect to finance public spending in Scotland, and I will come on to that later. Unfortunately, the story is the same when we turn to productivity. While the productivity puzzle on these islands has been a problem for both Scotland and the rest of the UK, the most recent figures show that in Scotland the puzzle is...

Scottish Economy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (27 Jun 2018)

Gerard Killen: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his comments; I know we have very different views on tax and spend, and I do not think we will resolve them here. To add to all that, Scotland is more unequal than ever. The wealth disparity means that the average household would need to save every penny of their income for 43 years to enter the top 10% of wealthiest Scots. A failure to increase wages, build...

Scottish Economy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (27 Jun 2018)

Gerard Killen: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his comments; he is obviously not paying very close attention in the Chamber. The UK Governments have very clear red lines drawn all over the place, and none of them seem to reach any kind of consensus. [Interruption.]

Scottish Economy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (27 Jun 2018)

Gerard Killen: Thank you, Mrs Main. The Labour party position is quite clearly putting jobs and the economy first. If the hon. Member for Airdrie and Shotts (Neil Gray) intends to contribute to this debate, perhaps he can explain why it is very important for Scotland’s economy to remain in the European Union, but his party wants to take us out of the United Kingdom. That is something I would find...

Scottish Economy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (27 Jun 2018)

Gerard Killen: The hon. Gentleman will of course realise that we are in the UK Parliament. Scotland has two Governments, and I am talking about Labour’s vision for both. [Interruption.]

Scottish Economy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (27 Jun 2018)

Gerard Killen: Perhaps the hon. Lady will tell us in her remarks how her party intends to change employment law, if it is devolved to the Scottish Parliament. Scotland suffers from under-investment. While the Scottish Government have produced many investment packages, they are often too small, too numerous and too unfocused to deliver the outcomes they are set up to achieve. Those are not my words but the...

Scottish Economy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (27 Jun 2018)

Gerard Killen: It is nice to see that both the hon. Lady and her favourite pantomime villains have turned up to continue the set-to that we often see in the Chamber. I am here to make a speech on what I believe is right for the Scottish economy. She will clearly disagree on several areas, and she can set those out in her remarks. As always for SNP Members, independence is the answer, no matter the question....

Scottish Economy — [Mrs Anne Main in the Chair] (27 Jun 2018)

Gerard Killen: Thank you, Mrs Main. While we invest in a productive workforce, we must also attract talent to fill those spaces. All of Scotland’s population growth from 2016 to 2041 will derive from inward migration, as deaths will outnumber births in each year. Brexit therefore presents a risk, as it could reduce inward migration from the EU. However, even without Brexit, population growth is too...

UK Intergovernmental Co-operation — [Phil Wilson in the Chair] (20 Jun 2018)

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.

Backbench Business: Mortgage Interest — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (19 Jun 2018)

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?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Sewel Convention (14 Jun 2018)

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...

Exiting the European Union: Customs Arrangements (14 Jun 2018)

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.

Exiting the European Union: Customs Arrangements (14 Jun 2018)

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?


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