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Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review of relief for first-time buyers (21 Feb 2018)

Colin Clark: The autumn Budget was a triumph for Scotland, and a vindication of the constructive approach of the Scottish Conservatives. I hope that members of the Scottish National party, and other Scottish MPs, will feel able to welcome and embrace it. Unfortunately, however, SNP Members appear to have learnt little. They created the mess over VAT for the police and fire services, and this Conservative...

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review of relief for first-time buyers (21 Feb 2018)

Colin Clark: That is exactly what we are doing, and, as the hon. Gentleman well knows, that is exactly what the Scottish Conservative MPs pressed for from the Treasury.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review of relief for first-time buyers (21 Feb 2018)

Colin Clark: I am afraid that there is photographic evidence, which my good friends Twittered at the time—not that I do Twitter—[Hon. Members: “Tweet!”] I mean tweet. There is photographic evidence that we most certainly did meet the Chancellor to discuss the measure.

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review of relief for first-time buyers (21 Feb 2018)

Colin Clark: No. The hon. Gentleman has had his go. The nationalists made a conscious decision. They were not short-changed, they were not unaware, and the money was not “stolen”. They must accept that culpability for the lost millions lies squarely with them. If they want to raise the money, they should take the responsibility and raise it themselves. I only hope that they do not do so by...

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Colin Clark: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Palestinian Children and Israeli Military Detention (7 Feb 2018)

Colin Clark: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Agriculture Gcse (7 Feb 2018)

Colin Clark: I am old enough to remember when there was an O-grade, or an O-level, in agricultural science in Scotland—I am substantially older than my hon. Friend the Member for Angus (Kirstene Hair), who is far too young to remember it. An agriculture GCSE has to be about food production and what the countryside is really about, as opposed to the countryside as a national park. The best thing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (5 Feb 2018)

Colin Clark: What assessment she has made of the effectiveness of universal credit in helping people into work.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (5 Feb 2018)

Colin Clark: Constituents in Gordon will face longer waiting times for payments due to the Scottish Government’s policy of fortnightly payment. What support can my right hon. Friend offer the devolved Administration in Edinburgh to help reduce those times?

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Agriculture — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (1 Feb 2018)

Colin Clark: It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Tiverton and Honiton (Neil Parish), and to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bone. I refer hon. Members to the register of interests: I am an active farmer and a recipient of single farm payment. Many people have referred to the speech at the Oxford conference, which was described in Farmers Weekly as “one of the most important...

Backbench Business: Leaving the EU: Agriculture — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (1 Feb 2018)

Colin Clark: Does the hon. Lady accept that produce has never been so affordable or abundant, and that it may be more of a reflection on society that teenagers do not eat enough fresh produce, rather than what she suggests?

Leaving the EU: Chemicals Regulation — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (1 Feb 2018)

Colin Clark: It is a privilege to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Evans. I am afraid that I may have to leave early to travel back to the frozen north. I appreciate your indulgence in that. I congratulate my colleagues on the Environmental Audit Committee on producing the report. I have become a devoted environmentalist since serving with my colleagues on the Committee. I am a farmer, and partly an...

Leaving the EU: Chemicals Regulation — [Mr Nigel Evans in the Chair] (1 Feb 2018)

Colin Clark: That is a very interesting point. The UK and Norway are obviously the two biggest oil and gas producers, by a long way. UK regulation has set EU regulation for the last 40 years; and interestingly, the EU is currently trying to put through regulation that Norway will not accept, because it feels that its regulation is already higher. I am therefore very optimistic that the oil and gas...

Exiting the European Union: Farmers (1 Feb 2018)

Colin Clark: What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on support for farmers after the UK leaves the EU.

Exiting the European Union: Farmers (1 Feb 2018)

Colin Clark: EU rules on farming have been “one size fits all”. Does my hon. Friend agree that after Brexit we will be able to create farming policy, regulations and frameworks that work better for all parts of the United Kingdom?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (31 Jan 2018)

Colin Clark: The Government’s policy on tax has made the UK one of the most competitive places to do business, as was confirmed by the recent growth figures. Does my right hon. Friend agree, therefore, that raising tax would damage the UK economy, as we have seen in Scotland, where growth has fallen behind the rest of the UK?

Backbench Business: Erasmus Plus Programme: Youth and Sport — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (30 Jan 2018)

Colin Clark: Scottish universities have benefited greatly from the Erasmus Plus scheme; Edinburgh University sends several hundred students a year, Aberdeen University sends 200 and receives 250 and Robert Gordon University concentrates on technology. The programme is not exclusive to EU countries. Will my hon. Friend confirm that the UK will continue to participate in the programme after Brexit?

Rail Services (Bedfordshire): Democracy in Hong Kong (23 Jan 2018)

Colin Clark: It is an honour to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Streeter. Scotland has had strong links with Hong Kong historically and commercially, in politics, science and modern trade. There can be no doubt that over the last 20 years Hong Kong has thrived as a result of its proximity to China, while enjoying access to financial markets around the world. Scottish universities, including Aberdeen and...

NHS Blood Cancer Care (17 Jan 2018)

Colin Clark: It is an honour to serve under you, Mr Wilson. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Crawley (Henry Smith) on bringing the debate to the House. He mentioned the devolved Governments, and I would like to speak about my own part of the country. In 2015 in the Grampian NHS Board area, which includes my constituency of Gordon, there were 265 new diagnoses of leukaemia, lymphoma or...

Gatwick Airport: Growth and Noise Mitigation (10 Jan 2018)

Colin Clark: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. I will just say how important the south-east airports are to the regional airports and how important economically the south-east airports are to Aberdeen. I know that he will visit the north-east soon, so today I will highlight the heliport at Aberdeen. During his campaigning on noise, I would also like him to emphasise the issue of...


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