Results 1–20 of 39 for speaker:Kirstene Hair

Written Answers — Scotland Office: European City of Culture: Dundee (14 Dec 2017)

Kirstene Hair: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the (a) eligibility of and (b) support for Dundee's bid to be European City of Culture.

Written Answers — Department for Communities and Local Government: Coastal Communities Fund: Golf (13 Dec 2017)

Kirstene Hair: To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether funding from the Coastal Communities Fund can be allocated to golf courses that are at risk from coastal erosion.

Children’s Services — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (12 Dec 2017)

Kirstene Hair: The spend on agency staff has nearly doubled across the UK, not just in Scotland or England and Wales. Does the Minister agree that spending huge sums of money on agencies drains funding, which leads to a poorer quality of services across the board, so something needs to be done to attract more people to that career path?

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (11 Dec 2017)

Kirstene Hair: The Minister may be aware that the Scottish Parliament’s Education and Skills Committee recently voted to block plans to introduce the Scottish Government’s named person policy. Does he agree that that policy is a gross invasion of privacy, totally unnecessary, and diverts vital resources from the most vulnerable? Will he confirm that this Conservative United Kingdom Government...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Welsh Ministers — Power to make consequential and transitional provision (6 Dec 2017)

Kirstene Hair: I echo many of my colleagues when I say that as we leave the European Union, our main goal must be to ensure that we leave in an orderly manner, with minimal disruption to businesses and individuals. Like the rest of the Bill, clause 10 and schedule 2 work to achieve that aim. Quite simply, like clause 11, they make sure that there is no scope for the UK Government or any of the devolved...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (30 Nov 2017)

Kirstene Hair: Montrose port is vital to Angus’s local economy, and good transport links to and from the port are essential for it to flourish further. Will the Secretary of State tell me what communications he has had with Network Rail since his visit to Montrose, regarding progress on negotiations to open a direct link to Montrose port?

Migration Policy and the Economy — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Kirstene Hair: It is a pleasure to speak under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie. I thank my right hon. Friend the Member for Forest of Dean (Mr Harper) for introducing such an important debate on the future of migration after Brexit. Since being elected, I have heard concerns specifically from soft fruit farmers across my constituency about how we will continue to provide for seasonal agricultural labour after...

Migration Policy and the Economy — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (29 Nov 2017)

Kirstene Hair: There have been a number of suggestions about having a separate immigration policy for Scotland and England, but there is of course no border there. Countries like Australia, for example, have separate states with separate immigration policies. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that that creates issues, with leaks of migrants across the states?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (27 Nov 2017)

Kirstene Hair: RM Condor in my constituency of Angus has been home to the elite 45 Commando unit since 1971. Over the last 46 years it has been the lynchpin of the local community, and the base is one of Angus’s major employers. Will the Minister confirm that there are no plans to close RM Condor and that 45 Commando’s place in Angus is secure? Does he agree with me about the extremely reckless...

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Kirstene Hair: I respect the hon. Gentleman recognising the figures from Scotland, which I find equally concerning. Does he agree that the Scottish Government need to get serious about addressing problems in NHS Scotland, specifically in my constituency, where we have extreme staff shortages? There are also problems facing Police Scotland, because those services must be robust to deliver a successful drugs...

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Kirstene Hair: Drug-related deaths are a particular problem in Scotland, as the hon. Gentleman has outlined, including in my constituency, where they are rapidly increasing—at a faster rate than in England and Wales. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the Scottish Government need to get serious about addressing problems in NHS Scotland, such as the staff shortages in Angus, and the problems that...

Rural Communities in Scotland: Broadband — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Kirstene Hair: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth, and I am grateful to my hon. Friend the Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (John Lamont) for providing the opportunity for me to speak in this important debate. Since I was elected in June, my casework has been dominated by yet another Scottish National party Government failure: the delivery of broadband in my...

Rural Communities in Scotland: Broadband — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Kirstene Hair: I want to make some progress. Of course, the situation does not stop SNP representatives from muddying the waters further by talking about superfast availability that realistically only exists on paper. It is incredibly disappointing that SNP Members of the Scottish Parliament misrepresent the situation to their constituents by talking about how more than 90% of premises have access to...

Rural Communities in Scotland: Broadband — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Kirstene Hair: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention; it was a prime example of the SNP Government trying to push the blame on to somebody else. I understand that leopards do not change their spots—again, that was a prime example—so, of course, Members opposite will blame the UK Government and anyone else, just as they did with the botched common agricultural policy payments and the...

Rural Communities in Scotland: Broadband — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Kirstene Hair: I am going to make some progress. What is abundantly clear is that when we scratch the surface—

Rural Communities in Scotland: Broadband — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Kirstene Hair: What is abundantly clear is that when we scratch the surface there is often no regard for the practicalities, and then, when the Scottish Government cannot deliver—yes, you guessed it—the blame lies at someone else’s door. They want all the powers but none of the responsibility. This issue is not just about Government in Edinburgh. It is having a real impact on the...

Rural Communities in Scotland: Broadband — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Kirstene Hair: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. With Scotland’s economy growing at a slower rate than the rest of the UK, it is fundamental that we have basic infrastructure in place. Angus has one of the lowest download speeds in the UK and one of the lowest rates of superfast broadband across our UK. Angus is simply being failed by the Scottish Government. Imagine a business trading across the...

Rural Communities in Scotland: Broadband — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Kirstene Hair: The constituency of the right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber (Ian Blackford)—the SNP Westminster leader—has the slowest average download speed in Scotland. Given that, it is particularly surprising that he does not seem to see fit to attend this debate.

Prime Minister: Engagements (22 Nov 2017)

Kirstene Hair: As the Prime Minister is aware, Scotland is lagging behind the rest of the United Kingdom in the roll-out of superfast broadband. My constituency of Angus is even further behind the poor Scottish average. A huge volume of my casework comes from one of my largest towns, Arbroath, where 20,000 of my constituents reside. It could hardly be deemed a remote area. Will the Prime Minister confirm...


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