Results 1–20 of 42 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alister Jack

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

Alister Jack: I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend that amending clause 11 is the right thing to do, but the detail of amendment 3 would be mired in judicial review were it to be accepted. For that reason, it is the wrong route to go down.

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill (8 Jan 2018)

Alister Jack: My hon. Friend is generous in giving way. I am sure that he agrees that, given that southern Ireland does 80% of its trade with or through the United Kingdom, it is also in Ireland’s interest that that carries on seamlessly. Like my hon. Friend, I have a port—Cairnryan—in my constituency, and if any of the buses are too much for others to handle, I would love them to be sent...

Delivery Charges (Scotland) (20 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: Does my hon. Friend agree that the picture of delivery charges across the country is inconsistent? When couriers or retailers advertise free delivery to the UK mainland, that should obviously include mainland Scotland and mainland Northern Ireland.

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I will shorten my words accordingly. I would like to congratulate the Chancellor of the Exchequer on proving that he can do a lot of good with what is, at 184 pages, a relatively—I stress the word “relatively”—short Finance Bill. While the Bill is short on sheer word count, it is certainly not short on provisions that will help to make...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: This House made it clear at the time that if the Scottish Government went ahead with the centralisation, they would not be able to reclaim the VAT. It is no good the SNP having a grievance and looking back to claim that £140 million when Budgets are clearly forward-looking and we have to be responsible for the public finances. However, we have now sorted that problem out.

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: Clearly I agree. I would like my hon. Friend the Member for Stirling (Stephen Kerr) not to make too many more interventions, however. He is very keen on them, but we have to crack on. That centralising dogma cost those services £140 million. The hon. Member for Kilmarnock and Loudoun (Alan Brown) referred to that money as having been stolen, but I can assure him that it was not stolen...

Banking Sector: Fraudulent Accounts — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: I commend my right hon. Friend on securing this debate. She mentions the credit card industry. She will be aware that the protections afforded to people using credit cards are far greater than those afforded to people using debit cards or making online transfers. Does she agree that those protections should be extended to forms of banking other than just credit cards?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: I will come to that. That is going to happen anyway—by legislative consent motion. Clause 11 preserves the current devolution settlement. Holyrood will not be stopped from doing anything that it can do now, and nor will it automatically become able to do anything that our current EU membership stops it from doing. This is simple and easy to understand, and it provides a solid basis for...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: That is correct—that is what we are negotiating about. The 111 powers are already devolved at implementation level. That exists at the moment. The question is about where the frameworks sit in respect of the powers that come back from the EU. We have to look at our internal market and how we would better run our country. On issues such as food standards, it makes complete sense for us...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: The United Kingdom voted to leave and we respect that democratic decision. Earlier, the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart) said that the councils of Scotland were confused, that there was a lot for them to look at and that every council voted against. In 2014, I remember that 28 of 32 councils voted to stay in the United Kingdom. Hon. Members should respect that, just...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: I am going to make some progress. By the time we reach Report, I hope we will have a better idea about what common frameworks are needed and how Scotland’s two Governments, in Westminster and Holyrood, will work together to implement them. That is the clarity that Scottish businesses want and need. Almost two-thirds of Scotland’s exports go to the rest of the United Kingdom. I...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: On 23 June last year, I voted, like more than 1 million Scots and more than 17 million Britons, to leave the European Union. I did not take that decision lightly; the caricature of leave voters as romantic zealots with no regard for our economy could not be further from the truth. Brexit is a practical decision, and I believe that the United Kingdom will be better off, and less exposed to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: I will make some progress, if I may. Voting remain was a leap of faith that I could not take. I am not here to call for chaos; in fact, it is crucial to the short-term success of Brexit that we disengage from the EU with as little disruption as possible. That is why I support the Government’s plan for a time-limited implementation period after exit day. It is also why I support the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: Can the right hon. Gentleman please tell me one of the 109 powers that is not already implemented at a devolved level?

Rural Communities in Scotland: Broadband — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Alister Jack: Returning to a point my hon. Friend made a moment ago, my constituency of Dumfries and Galloway is in the bottom 30 of constituencies in the UK. We have done a broadband survey and had over 300 responses. When we speak to people directly, it is undoubtedly the case that they think the Scottish Government are focusing on the central belt, and they want the UK Government to put the money...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Leaving the EU: Immigration Rules (20 Nov 2017)

Alister Jack: What discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the economic effect of changes to immigration rules after the UK leaves the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Leaving the EU: Immigration Rules (20 Nov 2017)

Alister Jack: I refer the House to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. Will the Home Secretary confirm to dairy farmers and other businesses in Dumfries and Galloway that they will still be able to hire migrant labourers on long-term contracts after Brexit?

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