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Treasury: Levelling Up Across the UK (17 May 2022)

Stephen Flynn: The UK Government’s own website states that levelling up is a moral, social and economic programme right across Government, so can I ask the Minister where is the moral argument in people not being able to feed their kids? Where is the social argument in people not being able to heat their homes? And where on earth is the economic argument in people having no money in their pockets?

Prime Minister’s Visit to India (26 Apr 2022)

Stephen Flynn: The Prime Minister secured no new commitments on human rights and no immediate concessions on Scottish whisky, and did not change the Indian Government’s stance on the war in Ukraine. Is it not safe to say that the only thing he succeeded in last week was getting 4,000 miles away from his Back-Benchers?

Cop26: Tackling Climate Change (20 Apr 2022)

Stephen Flynn: Of course as we urgently seek to combat climate change it is vital that we do so in a just and fair way, particularly for communities in the north-east of Scotland. Bearing that in mind, does the Minister agree that his Government should do three things: fund the Acorn carbon capture and underground storage project; match fund the Scottish Government’s £500 million just transition fund;...

Energy Security Strategy (19 Apr 2022)

Stephen Flynn: The Secretary of State has said that his energy strategy would “drive down bills for British people”. By how much?

Easter Recess: Government Update (19 Apr 2022)

Stephen Flynn: Does the Prime Minister believe that a Prime Minister of the United Kingdom who openly treats the public like they are mugs is a help or a hindrance to the cause of Scottish independence?

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Price Increase in April 2022 (29 Mar 2022)

Stephen Flynn: Aside from saying that he drives an ageing VW Golf, the Secretary of State is using every excuse possible to try to defend the indefensible. In just a matter of days, the energy price cap will increase by some 700 quid; in just a matter of months, it is anticipated that it will increase by a further £1,000. The Government’s response is 150 quid off council tax and £200 that they say is...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Energy Price Increase in April 2022 (29 Mar 2022)

Stephen Flynn: The Secretary of State does himself no favours by attempting to invent policies that are simply not reflective of the SNP’s position at this moment in time—but this discussion is about energy bills. If someone lives in the north of Scotland, their energy bill standing charge will increase by some 83%; if they live in the south of Scotland, it will increase by 100%; but if they live here...

DWP Estate: Office Closures (17 Mar 2022)

Stephen Flynn: I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens) for securing this urgent question. Ebury House in my constituency has been earmarked for closure. Will the Minister agree to meet me urgently to discuss what impact this will have on staff, and can he provide a cast-iron guarantee to this House and to my constituents that the services they receive will not be impacted?

Cost of Living Increases (16 Mar 2022)

Stephen Flynn: I mentioned earlier, and indeed the Minister will be aware, that energy prices for households are rising 14 times faster than any pay rise they may receive if they happen to be in work. What does she say to that? How is that a good thing for consumers?

Cost of Living Increases (16 Mar 2022)

Stephen Flynn: I beg to move, That this House warns that households will soon be suffering the worst income squeeze since the 1970s; notes The Institute for Fiscal Studies analysis that households are on course to be £800 worse off; calls on the Government to scrap VAT on energy bills, implement a windfall tax on companies which are benefitting from significantly increased profits as a result of impacts...

Cost of Living Increases (16 Mar 2022)

Stephen Flynn: Absolutely; my hon. Friend is a doughty champion on these causes and makes his point extremely well, and it would be remiss of the Government not to listen to him. He is right to touch on that, as we all are right to touch on the cost of living crisis, because it is a crisis: it is a crisis for households up and down the country. What we need from the Government in a time of crisis is a...

Cost of Living Increases (16 Mar 2022)

Stephen Flynn: I welcome the right hon. Gentleman’s intervention and he is absolutely right. The Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change is present and I am sure he will address those remarks if he comes to the Dispatch Box later, as I see that he will. It is not just the money towards the council tax rebate that the Government have put forward, of course, because they have gone so much...

Cost of Living Increases (16 Mar 2022)

Stephen Flynn: Absolutely—I could not agree more wholeheartedly with my hon. Friend on that. He makes an extremely important point, which he has been making for many months, and it is time the Government listened and took action in that regard.

Cost of Living Increases (16 Mar 2022)

Stephen Flynn: The right hon. Gentleman makes an interesting point. Of course, he will be cognisant of the fact that when the oil and gas comes out of the ground it goes into the hands of multinational countries. Do we want to be in a situation in which that gas benefits us here, rather than those abroad? Absolutely. Should we be importing from Russia? Absolutely not, and the Government have been right to...

Cost of Living Increases (16 Mar 2022)

Stephen Flynn: It is interesting to hear that we are short of gas when I regularly hear the opposite from the Minister for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change. That is the important point: Government Members can try to disagree with their own Government on these matters, but in real terms we are self-sufficient. Scotland is self-sufficient when it comes to oil and gas, but we can and must go so much...

Cost of Living Increases (16 Mar 2022)

Stephen Flynn: Yes, absolutely. The reason why we are in the current situation is that the Government have not planned ahead. They have chosen to sit on their seat when they should have been looking to where we could go in future. I hope the Minister will address that point when he sums up the debate.

Cost of Living Increases (16 Mar 2022)

Stephen Flynn: Absolutely. As I understand it, the Treasury currently believes it is going to take in excess of £3 billion in relation to oil and gas in particular. Every single pound and penny of that £3 billion should be directed towards the provision of support for families up and down the country. It is on that support that I wish to briefly reflect. We know the Government have gone nowhere near far...

Scotland: Transition to Net Zero (16 Mar 2022)

Stephen Flynn: You have to admire the brass neck of the Secretary of State, because it is his Government who have failed to deliver carbon capture and underground storage in Scotland, it is his Government who have failed to match fund the Scottish Government’s just transition fund, and it is his Government who oversee Scotland paying the highest electricity transmission charges in the entirety of Europe....

Multi-hospital NHS Trusts: Transportation: Large Solar Farms — [Sir Charles Walker in the Chair] (9 Mar 2022)

Stephen Flynn: It would be remiss of me not to start by congratulating the hon. Member for Bassetlaw (Brendan Clarke-Smith) on securing this important debate, and all his colleagues on their impassioned views. I am not sure I necessarily agree with everything they said, particularly about some of the planning aspects, but I will leave that to the Minister to address, especially as planning is devolved....

Russian Oil Import Ban (9 Mar 2022)

Stephen Flynn: I think it is safe to say that we in this Chamber all broadly support the statement that the Secretary of State has made and, while there will be arguments about the potential speed of the transition, we cannot escape the sheer scale of what has been announced today. This is a seismic shift in UK, US and indeed European energy policy. However, we also cannot be blind to the fact that there...


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