Results 41–60 of 554 for speaker:David Duguid

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: I am not sure if I picked the right hon. Gentleman up right, but is he accusing the UK Government of not funding tidal energy, when in fact £20 million of contracts for difference were committed, as ringfenced, specifically for tidal stream energy?

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: rose—

Scottish Independence and the Scottish Economy (2 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: I genuinely thank the right hon. Gentleman for allowing me to intervene on the point he was making about an independent Scotland being in the EU—a point he made previously. Does he agree with his leader in Holyrood, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, when she admitted that there could be hard borders and passport controls between Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom?

Avian Influenza (1 Nov 2022)

David Duguid: I welcome the statement from my right hon. Friend, particularly on the measures relating to compensation earlier in the process, which will be most welcome, not least because, as he will be aware, one recent outbreak of avian flu in Scotland has been in my constituency in recent days. The shadow Minister rightly says that the disease knows no borders, so may I ask the Minister what...

Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill: New Clause 1 - The Genetic Technology Authority (31 Oct 2022)

David Duguid: A UK-wide approach would be preferred by food producers and farmers right across the country. Can the Minister confirm that the invitation is still open to the devolved Administrations, such as the Scottish Government, to help progress this technology on a UK-wide basis?

Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill: New Clause 1 - The Genetic Technology Authority (31 Oct 2022)

David Duguid: The hon. Member will be aware of the expression of disappointment from Martin Kennedy, president of NFU Scotland, that the Scottish Government have not become more involved in a UK-wide approach to this matter. None the less, she is absolutely right to say that this is a devolved competency. Does she agree that the UK Government have done nothing but be positive in terms of inviting the...

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Innovation and Spaceflight: Scotland (12 Oct 2022)

David Duguid: The UK Government is working closely with colleagues in the Scottish Government, and with innovation and enterprise agencies, to maximise the opportunities offered by launch from Scotland - and ensure the benefits are shared across the UK. Scotland Office Ministers attended the Farnborough Airshow in July, meeting with a number of industry stakeholders with a large footprint in Scotland,...

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Ports: Disease Control (12 Oct 2022)

David Duguid: Through the Port Infrastructure Fund, the UK Government has provided over £600,000 to Cairnryan and Loch Ryan to build the infrastructure needed for customs and biosecurity checks. And while biosecurity is the responsibility of the Scottish Government, our two Governments work together to ensure that biosecurity is maintained.

Scotland: Cost of Living (12 Oct 2022)

David Duguid: The Government fully recognise that families, households and businesses are worried about rising costs. That is why we have taken decisive action to get families and businesses through this winter and next, and we are focused on growing the economy to raise living standards for everyone.

Scotland: Cost of Living (12 Oct 2022)

David Duguid: The UK, like Europe and other countries around the world, has been forced to respond decisively to the challenges posed by high energy prices resulting from, among other things, Russia’s weaponisation of energy markets. Because of action taken by this Government, the most vulnerable households will get at least £1,200—some much more—of cost of living support this year on top of the...

Scotland: Cost of Living (12 Oct 2022)

David Duguid: Again, it will come as no surprise that I do not totally agree with everything that an hon. Member said. The hon. Lady asked about raising benefits in line with inflation. The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions is looking at that—as she would do on an annual basis in any case—and will announce in due course the decision on benefits uprating.

Scotland: Cost of Living (12 Oct 2022)

David Duguid: The hon. Lady makes excellent points. On making representations to my ministerial colleagues, having been in this post for a very short time, I have not quite got there yet, but these discussions are happening. Under the agreed fiscal framework, the Scottish Government, through the levers that they have, will receive an estimated £340 million of additional funding as a result of just the...

Scotland: Cost of Living (12 Oct 2022)

David Duguid: The hon. Gentleman is probably aware that the Government have committed to reversing the planned corporation tax increase from 19%, so it is staying at 19%, which will attract businesses to Scotland and across the rest of the United Kingdom. It is often missed that the Government have delivered on top of the recently announced energy price guarantee. It means that typical households receiving...

Scotland: Cost of Living (12 Oct 2022)

David Duguid: I welcome the hon. Gentleman to his place instead of the shadow Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Edinburgh South (Ian Murray). As I said, the energy support put in place means that a typical household will not pay more than £2,500. That is on top of the additional benefits that were announced earlier this year and more recently and which will make sure that many households, including...

Scotland: Cost of Living (12 Oct 2022)

David Duguid: The hon. Member is absolutely correct to point out the Scottish Government’s commitment, made back in 2017, to have created a nationalised energy company in Scotland by now. That has not happened, and quite frankly I do not think that it should. I do not think that Labour’s plans should be implemented either.

Scotland: Cost of Living (12 Oct 2022)

David Duguid: On top of the already record increased block grant of £41 billion that the Scottish Government have already received, measures announced in the Chancellor’s recent fiscal statement mean hundreds of millions in extra money going to the Scottish Government. As I said to the hon. Member for Glasgow Central (Alison Thewliss), it is for the Scottish Government to decide whether to spend that...

Scotland: Cost of Living (12 Oct 2022)

David Duguid: I must say that I am disappointed that the hon. Member chooses to double down on the hate-filled language of her party leader. I repeat that the Scottish Government have received a record amount of block grant funding—£41 billion—since devolution began, and all the other measures from which people and businesses across Scotland will benefit. Those in the most vulnerable households and on...

Scotland: Domestic Energy Costs (12 Oct 2022)

David Duguid: The Government’s recently announced energy price guarantee will support households with their energy bills across the whole United Kingdom, including in Scotland. This decisive action will save the typical household at least £1,000 a year for the next two years.

Scotland: Domestic Energy Costs (12 Oct 2022)

David Duguid: As I have said, Ministers in the Scotland Office discuss such matters regularly with our colleagues in other Departments. Energy policy is reserved, as I am sure the hon. Member will understand, but we endeavour to work constructively with the Scottish Government on everything that can have an impact on the livelihoods of people and communities in Scotland, as well as businesses.


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