Results 101–120 of 493 for speaker:David Duguid

COP26: Devolved Administrations (16 Sep 2021)

David Duguid: Yes, I will take one last intervention before I conclude.

COP26: Devolved Administrations (16 Sep 2021)

David Duguid: Like I said earlier, there will be a net zero committee—[Interruption.] Fundamentally, as the shadow Minister acknowledged, the United Kingdom is the negotiating party, but, as I said—I will refrain from going into detail, because hon. Members are in their places for the following debate—we are committed to getting as much involvement as we can from the devolved Administrations and...

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Ports: Scotland (8 Sep 2021)

David Duguid: The Secretary of State for Scotland holds regular conversations with Cabinet colleagues regarding the implications of the Northern Ireland Protocol. This Government is unequivocal in its commitment to ensuring unfettered access for Northern Ireland goods moving to the rest of the UK and will ensure the required resources are deployed at Scottish ports.

Scotland: Free Trade Agreements: Opportunities for Scotland (8 Sep 2021)

David Duguid: This Government have already struck trade deals with more than 68 countries as well as the EU worth £744 billion a year. This will create new markets for Scotland’s exporters, including our world-leading food and drinks sector. The Department for International Trade team based in Edinburgh is also helping Scottish businesses thrive and grow internationally. Last week, I was delighted to...

Scotland: Free Trade Agreements: Opportunities for Scotland (8 Sep 2021)

David Duguid: I completely agree with my hon. Friend: he is absolutely right. This Government are working hard to strike new trade deals around the world that will benefit key business sectors and consumers across Scotland and across the whole of the UK. We are opening new opportunities for iconic Scottish and British industries to thrive overseas.

Scotland: Free Trade Agreements: Opportunities for Scotland (8 Sep 2021)

David Duguid: On that final point, I could not agree more. It is hugely welcome to see the removal of the 5% tariff on Scotch whisky in the agreement in principle between the UK and Australia. That will help Scottish whisky distillers to continue to expand exports to Australia, which have almost doubled over the last decade, making Australia our eighth largest market by value.

Scotland: Free Trade Agreements: Opportunities for Scotland (8 Sep 2021)

David Duguid: I did not quite catch all of that, but I did catch the words “fishing” and “HGV drivers”. On fishing, I would not be surprised if I talk to many more people in the fishing industry than the hon. Gentleman does, and I will take my advice on the situation in the fishing industry from them, rather than from Opposition Members, or indeed Twitter and the rest of social media. On HGV...

Scotland Act 1998: Role of the Lord Advocate (20 Jul 2021)

David Duguid: I thank the hon. Member for East Lothian (Kenny MacAskill) and congratulate him on calling this Adjournment debate. I know that he and others—he in particular—have taken a keen interest in this subject. I am grateful for the opportunity to hear his views and those of others on this important constitutional issue, particularly in the light of the hon. Member’s former role as Cabinet...

Scotland Act 1998: Role of the Lord Advocate (20 Jul 2021)

David Duguid: I will be coming to that point in a bit more detail later in my response. Although that is possible in theory, I will explain later why in practice the UK Government would choose not to go directly down that route. If the hon. and learned Lady will forgive me, I will come back to that in a minute or two. The context of the role of the Lord Advocate is the Scotland Act 1998, which I will refer...

Scotland Act 1998: Role of the Lord Advocate (20 Jul 2021)

David Duguid: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his timely intervention, because that is kind of the point I was making. Although the UK Government, as I said to the hon. and learned Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry), have the power to bring forward such legislation, in practice we would want to ensure that the Scottish Government have put the proposals to be scrutinised by the Scottish...

Scotland Act 1998: Role of the Lord Advocate (20 Jul 2021)

David Duguid: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention. Of course, what he is referring to is an informal arrangement, and by definition there would be nothing to stop such an informal arrangement if that was agreed by those involved, but again the question is not one for me, as a UK Government Minister, to decide. The UK Government continue to work closely with the Scottish Government on all...

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Question (23 Jun 2021)

David Duguid: We have agreed a deal with the EU which delivers for Scotland and the rest of the UK. Our deal provides Scottish businesses with exceptional access to the EU’s market - It is the first time the EU has ever agreed a zero tariffs, zero quota deal. This provides the right conditions for the Scottish economy to recover from the Covid pandemic and flourish in the future.

Scotland: Covid-19: Guidance on International Travel (23 Jun 2021)

David Duguid: I and other UK Government Ministers are in regular contact with the Scottish Government and other devolved Administrations to try to secure the harmonisation particularly of covid-19 guidance when it comes to regulations on international travel, while at the same time of course respecting devolved competence in matters such as public health.

Scotland: Covid-19: Guidance on International Travel (23 Jun 2021)

David Duguid: I thank the hon. Lady for her question, which is pertinent not just for golf tourism but for whisky tourism and tourism in general across Scotland. The UK Government are committed to full alignment with the devolved Administrations, because we recognise the importance of such alignment for public compliance, as well as for business confidence and for tourism. We share the data, and we have...

Scotland: Covid-19: Guidance on International Travel (23 Jun 2021)

David Duguid: My hon. Friend and I share a lot in common, not least the regular use of Aberdeen airport, to which he refers, and the fact that we both have wives who were not born in this country and unfortunately have not been able to visit their families for the last year and a half. That aside, on the specific issue about easyJet and the flight to Manchester, it has made a commercial decision,...

Scotland: Covid-19: Guidance on International Travel (23 Jun 2021)

David Duguid: What I regret, particularly considering the hon. Gentleman’s constituency, is that the Scottish Government did not, despite the repeated calls from the oil and gas industry, from MSPs, and from MPs who, like him, represent constituencies in the north-east of Scotland, give the same allowance for oil and gas workers from amber list countries that was allowed to them by the rest of the UK.

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Fishing Support Fund: Scotland (29 Apr 2021)

David Duguid: My officials and I are in regular contact with counterparts from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on a range of issues of importance to the seafood sector in Scotland, including the establishment of the UK Government's new £100 million support fund. We will provide further information after 6 May.

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Television Licences: Scotland (28 Apr 2021)

David Duguid: The Government remains deeply disappointed with the BBC’s decision to restrict the over-75 licence fee concession to only those in receipt of pension credit. We recognise the value of free TV licences for over-75s in Scotland and the rest of the UK and believe they should be funded by the BBC.

Written Answers — Scotland Office: UN Climate Conference 2021 (28 Apr 2021)

David Duguid: Scotland Office Ministers are in regular discussions with Ministerial colleagues and the Scottish Government on the preparations for COP26 in Glasgow. My Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State met the COP President last month and Scotland Office Ministers attended the COP26 Devolved Administration Ministerial Group.

Scotland: Cop26 (28 Apr 2021)

David Duguid: I have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues, as well as industry stakeholders, on the opportunities that COP26 offers across Scotland. The COP26 devolved Administration ministerial group brings together the COP26 President, territorial Secretaries of State and devolved Administration Ministers to support the delivery of an inclusive and welcoming COP26 summit that is representative...


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