Results 1–20 of 754 for speaker:Alister Jack

Scotland: UK Shared Prosperity Fund (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: Rangers, that great British football club, are in Seville tonight for the Europa league final. I hope that the whole House, including the hon. Member for Edinburgh South (Ian Murray), who is an avid Hearts fan, and the right hon. Member for Ross, Skye and Lochaber (Ian Blackford), who is an avid Hibs fan, will join me in wishing them a famous victory. All areas in Scotland will receive an...

Scotland: UK Shared Prosperity Fund (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: The UK shared prosperity fund is a central pillar of our ambitious levelling-up agenda for places across Scotland and provides £212 million of new funding for local investment. Local partners have far greater flexibility than before. They can invest in priority areas and target funds where they are needed. Allocations are being made on a needs-based assessment, including a specifically...

Scotland: UK Shared Prosperity Fund (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: I seek to correct the hon. Lady: the funding is tapered with UK structural funds. EU structural funds and UK structural funds are tapered. We paid into EU funds, and the EU is still paying into Scotland and the rest of the United Kingdom, but the advantage of Brexit is that we now have control over that money and can decide how we spend it. The amount of money in total has not been reduced in...

Scotland: UK Shared Prosperity Fund (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: Discussions with EMEC are ongoing between my office, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities. We are making progress, but there is further progress to be made. To that end, I am happy to offer a face-to-face meeting with EMEC.

Scotland: Future Defence Policy and the Armed Forces (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: I have regular discussions with Cabinet colleagues and the Ministry of Defence. The integrated review sets out the Government’s ambitions for defence and foreign policy over the next decade. British armed forces personnel in Scotland play a crucial role in defending the whole of the United Kingdom and our allies, and will continue to do so.

Scotland: Future Defence Policy and the Armed Forces (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: The benefits are enormous. Scotland plays a crucial role in the defence of the UK and our NATO allies. The UK strategic bases in Scotland, RAF Lossiemouth and the UK’s nuclear deterrent at Faslane, serve to make the whole of the United Kingdom safer. The economic benefits for Scotland as a result of MOD investment are significant. MOD expenditure with industry and commerce in the last year...

Scotland: Future Defence Policy and the Armed Forces (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: The hon. Gentleman mentions SMEs. The bulk of the spending—literally billions of pounds, worth thousands of jobs—is with British Aerospace and Babcock.

Scotland: Future Defence Policy and the Armed Forces (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: I think my hon. Friend refers to ferries, and he is absolutely right. I think the ferries float. They just cannot seem to finish them or make them work, or find anything that gets close to resembling a ferry.

Scotland: Future Defence Policy and the Armed Forces (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: Recruitment remains healthy for young Scots, both as regulars and reservists. I am sure the new recruits in Scotland are absolutely buoyed by the First Minister’s new love of the nuclear alliance that is NATO.

Scotland: Improving Union Connectivity (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: The UK Government are carefully considering the recommendations set out in Sir Peter Hendy’s Union connectivity review. My hon. Friend Baroness Vere, the Minister responsible for Union connectivity, has discussed the UCR recommendations with Graeme Dey MSP, the former Scottish Government Transport Minister. Sadly, Mr Dey has since stepped down for health reasons. In February, we first...

Scotland: Improving Union Connectivity (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: Yes, and to clarify my hon. Friend’s point, the Scottish Government did refuse to engage with the Union connectivity review, in the form of Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson telling his civil servants not to communicate with Sir Peter Hendy, so my hon. Friend makes a very good point. Scottish National party MPs are only too keen to tell us when the Scottish Government are doing well, how...

Scotland: Improving Union Connectivity (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: High Speed 2 will transform rail travel in this country. It will build opportunity and boost the economy through national regeneration and the widespread creation of jobs. HS2 will go to Preston from the moment that it opens for operation. That means that facilities at Preston will be upgraded, including a new platform that will also see a direct HS2 service from Birmingham, increasing the...

Scotland: Improving Union Connectivity (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: The hon. Lady and I share exactly the same ambition: faster rail to York, which will mean faster rail to Scotland.

Scotland: Improving Union Connectivity (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: The Prime Minister has welcomed—indeed, intends to accept—the proposals for the creation of UKNET, a strategic transport network spanning the entire United Kingdom. The funding that the UK Government have set aside will put us on the right path to developing the best infrastructure investment options to strengthen our main transport arteries for people and businesses across the United...

Scotland: Improving Union Connectivity (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: I notice that my hon. Friend was being rudely interrupted, but what I think I picked up was that the A68 from Darlington to Midlothian is of great importance to cross-border transport connectivity between England and Scotland. I extend my congratulations to Durham County Council for its success in the levelling-up fund. The rerouting of the A68 at Toft Hill will create a new 1.6 km bypass...

Scotland: Improving Union Connectivity (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: Sir Peter Hendy noted in his final report that “devolution has been good for transport”. However, he identified that it has none the less led to “a gap in UK-wide strategic transport planning that has resulted in cross-border schemes…seeming to be a lower priority than other schemes which may provide greater local benefit.” Through the implementation of UKNET, we are committed to...

Scotland: Improving Union Connectivity (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: The hon. Gentleman misses the very important point that Ms Gilruth is the Transport Minister. We want Scotland’s two Governments to work together, and we believe that if the Scottish Government engage with us, we can work on ways to improve the highways for everyone.

Scotland: Improving Union Connectivity (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: That is absolutely our intention. I visited Belfast recently to have discussions about connectivity and how we can upgrade the A77 and the A75, and we now want to work with the Scottish Government to achieve that and many other improvements.

Written Answers — Scotland Office: UK Shared Prosperity Fund: Scotland (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: The Scotland Office is in regular contact with colleagues across UK Government and Scottish Government on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK’s ambitious Levelling Up mission. It puts £212 million of new funding for local investment directly into the hands of local partners, who have far greater flexibility to invest in priority areas...

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Shipbuilding: Scotland (18 May 2022)

Alister Jack: The National Shipbuilding Strategy encourages exports, the uptake of green technology, and support to increase shipyard’s productivity and competitiveness. The National Shipbuilding Office (NSO), which is closely engaged with the shipbuilding enterprise in Scotland, has a clear focus on maximising UK content wherever possible. I was also pleased to see that the NSO plans to open an office...


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