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Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Devolution (6 Dec 2017)

Lesley Laird: Let me first thank the Secretary of State and other Members for their condolences, on behalf of Jimmy Hood’s family. On Monday night, the Scottish Tories were herded through the Lobbies and told to trample all over the devolution settlement. Who issued those instructions, the Prime Minister or Ruth Davidson and the Secretary of State?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Leaving the EU: Devolution (6 Dec 2017)

Lesley Laird: I welcome that clarification, but the question was really “Why could the Secretary of State not have presented those amendments the other night?” Throughout Monday’s debate his Scottish colleagues acknowledged that there were deficiencies in the Bill, but were unable to name one. Will the Secretary of State now do what they could not? Will he tell us first what deficiencies...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Scotland (24 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps have been taken by his Department to advertise the flexible payment options for universal credit in Scotland.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Scotland (24 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to allow claimants of universal credit in Scotland to request having the housing element paid directly to a social and private sector landlord at the point of their initial claim instead of after their first payment.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Scotland (24 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to allow claimants of universal credit in Scotland to request to receive payments twice a month at the point of their initial claim instead of after their first payment.

Written Answers — HM Treasury: Child Benefit (24 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who were not contacted directly about the introduction of the high income child benefit charge in 2012.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (20 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how and when claimants will be advised of changes to their benefits when universal credit full service is rolled out to different claimant groups.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (16 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department plans to make an assessment of the effect of the roll-out of universal credit in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (16 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that all eligible claimants who have been on one of the legacy benefits take up universal credit.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Wolverhampton (16 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of new claimants of universal credit in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency in (a) the next six months and (b) each year until 2022.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (15 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to promote awareness of financial assistance available to universal credit claimants awaiting their first full payment.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (15 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the criteria is for claimants of universal credit to receive additional payments while waiting for their initial payment.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Christmas (15 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that claimants waiting for full payment of universal credit over Christmas 2017 are adequately financially supported.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Christmas (15 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure prompt payment of (a) universal credit claims and (b) advanced payment claims over the Christmas period.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (15 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what categories of claimants will be transferred onto the universal credit service in Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath constituency when the full service of universal credit is rolled out in December 2017; and what the dates of those transfers will be.

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: It is a pleasure to respond to this debate and to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Roger. I campaigned in this year’s council elections and the general election, and the mood was clear on Scottish doorsteps: people were fed up with the words “independence” and “referendum”. Who can blame them? We heard all that in the debate. The discussion has been going on...

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: I thank you, Sir Roger, for your intervention and advice. The irony of all of these issues is that the SNP wants Scotland in Europe but not in Britain, while the Conservatives want Scotland in Britain but not in Europe. They are two sides of the same tarnished coin, and people are fast waking up to that. They can see the gap between political rhetoric and the reality of politician’...

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: I will continue, following that non-point of order. Our pledge to introduce a real living wage would provide a boost to the incomes of almost half a million Scots who are currently earning less than the living wage. Such pledges epitomise why Scotland should remain a part of the United Kingdom. They show the difference that a Labour Government in Westminster could make to people’s lives...

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Lesley Laird: Not yet. I wish to make some progress. However, we also accept the need to revisit the distribution of power and wealth across the United Kingdom. Although independence is not the answer, it is clear that the current constitutional settlement is not working. My hon. Friend the Member for East Lothian (Martin Whitfield) said that what we want is devolved Government, which is so important to...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Unemployed People: Flexible Support Fund and Travel Cards (27 Oct 2017)

Lesley Laird: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseekers who have been claiming universal credit or jobseeker's allowance for more than 13 weeks in (a) Scotland and (b) the UK have applied for (i) a jobcentre plus travel discount card and (ii) the Flexible Support Fund.


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