Results 1–20 of 535 for speaker:David Duguid

Energy Security (29 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: The Secretary of State will be aware of analysis from the Climate Change Committee that states that we will not get to net zero in this country without carbon capture and storage. I therefore welcome his commitment to helping to liberate private investment in carbon capture and storage and other technologies. The Scottish cluster alone is poised to have billions of dollars-worth of...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Topical Questions (29 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: I welcome the Government’s recent doubling of the alternative fuel payment and yesterday’s written communication from the Minister confirming that the majority of households eligible for those payments will receive their £200 automatically as a credit on their electricity bill. Can he reassure constituents in Banff and Buchan who are dependent on heating oil in particular that those...

Transport: Spaceflight Sector (24 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: What recent steps his Department has taken to support the spaceflight sector.

Transport: Spaceflight Sector (24 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: I welcome all the new Ministers to their place and join the Secretary of State in congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for St Austell and Newquay (Steve Double) on the work being done in Cornwall. That is another example, along with the SaxaVord spaceport in Shetland, of the UK Government covering the whole country in glory. SaxaVord spaceport has just completed the construction of the...

Scottish Referendum Legislation: Supreme Court Decision (23 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: I, too, welcome the unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court and respect that judgment, as other Members have said. As my right hon. Friend has pointed out, current polling and past election results do not show a majority of voters in Scotland favouring independence-supporting parties. Does he agree that there is no evidence that the democratic mandate has changed since 2014?

Scottish Referendum Legislation: Supreme Court Decision (23 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: I, too, welcome the unanimous ruling by the Supreme Court and respect that judgment, as other Members have said. As my right hon. Friend has pointed out, current polling and past election results do not show a majority of voters in Scotland favouring independence-supporting parties. Does he agree that there is no evidence that the democratic mandate has changed since 2014?

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: My hon. Friend gives a good example of why we need to stay together as a Union. On this Back British Farming Day, does NFU Cymru agree with the National Farmers Union of Scotland that keeping the integrity of the internal market of the United Kingdom is far more important than any other external market?

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: rose—

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: If the hon. Gentleman is looking just for that quote, to edit it for the purposes of having a video clip, I am happy to oblige. But just as an independent or separate Scotland could possibly succeed, would he also argue that an independent England, an independent Wales or an independent Northern Ireland would succeed as well, but not nearly as much as a United Kingdom?

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: rose—

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: I could not agree more with the hon. Member for Edinburgh West (Christine Jardine), who said that nobody would disagree with the hon. Gentleman’s assertion other than for the fact that the people of Scotland have repeatedly—or have when it counted—voted to stay in our United Kingdom. Being in the UK is better. [Interruption.] Let us all agree that Scotland is great. Scotland is...

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: That doesn’t make sense.

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: I seek clarification about what the hon. Gentleman is actually asking. Is he saying that by removing Scotland from the United Kingdom, Scotland’s deficit will no longer exist?

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: I rise reluctantly to speak in this debate because, as will come as little surprise to Members of this House and to people watching, I do not believe Scotland should be separated from the rest of the United Kingdom, nor do I think there should be a referendum on the matter. I do not even believe we should be having this debate today. Of course there are those who disagree with my position,...

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: I have previously debated this issue with SNP Members. Every Member is elected to this House by a plurality of their constituents, but the majority of voters across the whole of Scotland did not vote for the SNP. [Interruption.] SNP Members are indignant in their incredulity. They may have more Members in this House, but that is not how referendums work. The referendum they dearly want would...

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: Before I give way, I remind the hon. Gentleman that these measures were taken by the UK Government.

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: I am not here to speak on behalf of the people of the Republic of Ireland or, indeed, the people of Scotland, unlike the hon. Gentleman. I am here to speak on behalf of my constituents in Banff and Buchan, who I continue to argue have benefited greatly from being part of the United Kingdom.

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: If the hon. Gentleman will forgive me, I will continue listing the many benefits of being in this United Kingdom for the people of Scotland and everyone else. The household support fund, which was launched at the 2021 autumn Budget, provided £500 million from October 2021 to March 2022. It was extended by the 2022 spring statement for the period from April to October this year, and the...

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: I was going to talk about the reversal of the health and social care levy, which will save 2.3 million people in Scotland an average of £285 in 2023-24. I will return to the question of tax coming in, payments going out and the terms of the Union dividend. I will continue with the list, which is not exhaustive. I am listing just some of the highlights of what this UK Government have provided...

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: I think I heard an invitation to join the hon. Gentleman for a pizza one night.


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