Results 1–20 of 1253 for speaker:Alister Jack

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Scotland Office: Redundancy Pay (22 May 2024)

Alister Jack: The Scotland Office and Office for the Advocate General can confirm that no redundancy payments have been returned to the department since 2019.

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Scotland Office: Motor Vehicles (21 May 2024)

Alister Jack: The Scotland Office uses vehicles provided by the Government Car Service (GCS). Due to logistical and operational reasons, the type of vehicles deployed at each department can vary on a daily or weekly basis. The GCS fleet currently has 122 vehicles, 58 (48%) of which are vehicles made in Britain.

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Civil Partnerships: Scotland (17 May 2024)

Alister Jack: I have written to the Scottish Government to confirm the UK Government’s in-principle agreement to proceed with this Scotland Act Order. My officials will continue to engage with their Scottish Government counterparts as the Order advances.

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Scotland Office: Food (15 May 2024)

Alister Jack: The Scotland Office does not manage any canteens or restaurants and does not procure any food or drinks for use in canteens or restaurants.

Scotland: Spring Budget 2024 ( 1 May 2024)

Alister Jack: We have again seen calamitous events in Scotland this week. However, I wish Humza Yousaf very well for the future. I always found him to be a very decent man to work with, and there is no doubt that he was dealt a rotten hand. Although I do not want to dwell unduly on the private grief of SNP Members, I very much hope that whoever becomes First Minister will work with us on the issues that...

Scotland: Spring Budget 2024 ( 1 May 2024)

Alister Jack: The hon. Lady’s point would be relevant if that report were not from 2018-19, long before we entered into six tax bands in Scotland, versus three in the rest of the UK. I absolutely do not agree with her.

Scotland: Spring Budget 2024 ( 1 May 2024)

Alister Jack: That is a ridiculous remark. The levelling-up agenda in Scotland has been fantastically successful, and there has been absolutely no austerity. The Scottish Government have received a record block grant of £41 billion, the highest since devolution began. I am surprised that the SNP wants to talk about the Budget, because the Scottish Government’s Budget put taxes up and cut vital public...

Scotland: Spring Budget 2024 ( 1 May 2024)

Alister Jack: In the fiscal framework settlement, we made it very clear and agreed with the Scottish Government that resource funding could be reallocated, if they so wished, from the record block grant into capital funding. That is what has happened. Additionally, they have the ability to borrow £450 million, if required.

Scotland: Spring Budget 2024 ( 1 May 2024)

Alister Jack: My right hon. Friend makes a good point. I am well aware, as are businesses in Dumfries and Galloway, that having six tax bands in Scotland but three in the rest of the UK is not the way to incentivise people to go to work in Scotland or even to relocate their businesses there.

Scotland: Spring Budget 2024 ( 1 May 2024)

Alister Jack: I agree with the hon. Gentleman that the tax burden in Scotland is too high and rising, and people are paying more and getting less. Fortunately, the UK Government have taken the decision to partially offset that, not through income tax cuts but through national insurance cuts, with 4p coming off NI. To pick up on his last point, he was referring to an aspiration that this Government have. We...

Scotland: Spring Budget 2024 ( 1 May 2024)

Alister Jack: We absolutely do not fear an election, whether for Holyrood or a general election. As I watch the nationalists implode again, I say, “Bring it on.” I hear them say the same from a sedentary position. [Interruption.] Bring it on! Chaps and chapesses over there, start polishing up your CVs.

Scotland: Spring Budget 2024 ( 1 May 2024)

Alister Jack: As I have said before, we have a record block grant. It is running over a three-year period and it averages out at £41.6 billion, and then there are Barnett consequentials added to that. This year, that figure is £295 million, based on the spring Budget’s figures.

Scotland: Spring Budget 2024 ( 1 May 2024)

Alister Jack: Of course I do not agree with those figures. Public services in Scotland are in a desperate state. In their recent Budget, the Scottish Government froze council tax, thereby putting more pressure on local authorities to deliver those public services.

Scotland: Defence Spending ( 1 May 2024)

Alister Jack: Scotland Office Ministers have regular discussions with the Ministry of Defence on all matters relating to defence. Defence spending contributes significantly to delivering thousands of high-skilled jobs and investment in Scotland. I welcome the announcement by the Prime Minister that we will increase our defence spending to 2.5% of GDP in response to rising global threats.

Scotland: Defence Spending ( 1 May 2024)

Alister Jack: The short answer is that the increased investment announced by the Prime Minister will be focused on firing up the UK industrial base. The whole United Kingdom will benefit from that, and it will ensure that our armed benefit from the latest technology. Both of those things will bring economic benefits and support jobs across the whole of the United Kingdom, including Scotland. At this time...

Scotland: Defence Spending ( 1 May 2024)

Alister Jack: My hon. Friend is absolutely correct. It is the Conservatives who are trusted to defend the whole of the United Kingdom. The SNP has consistently proposed abandoning our nuclear deterrent, including in its most recent independence paper. The irony is that the SNP wants to be part of the NATO alliance, but not part of a nuclear NATO alliance.

Scotland: Defence Spending ( 1 May 2024)

Alister Jack: The hon. Lady is absolutely right. As the father of a serving soldier, I completely agree with her. I hear from members of the military that they are disappointed with the standard of accommodation. I have raised the issue on a UK-wide basis and discussed it with the Defence Secretary. He said the programme of improvements, which started before last winter, amounts to £400 million of spending.

Scotland: Defence Spending ( 1 May 2024)

Alister Jack: I have visited Faslane, our base on the Clyde. It is an absolutely fantastic facility. We do not comment on matters relating to Faslane. If the hon. Lady has any more specific questions, she should ask them at Defence questions, but regarding our nuclear deterrent and our nuclear facility, we do not comment on things that happen there.

Scotland: Protection of Free Speech ( 1 May 2024)

Alister Jack: This Government are committed to protecting free speech. It is the responsibility of the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament, working with Police Scotland, to ensure that the hate crime legislation is implemented and enforced in a way that protects freedom of speech and has the confidence of people in Scotland.

Scotland: Protection of Free Speech ( 1 May 2024)

Alister Jack: Yes, and Police Scotland already has stretched resources—not least because it has been checking up on the SNP finances for the last three years. My hon. Friend is absolutely right, and we do have concerns that the legislation could have a potential chilling effect on free speech, but it is for the Scottish Government to speak to their own devolved laws. For my part, I believe it is an awful...


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