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Infrastructure Procurement (19 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: The hon. Member is absolutely right. A proper budget-setting process should mean looking at needs, and then deciding what funding is required to suit those needs and what the aspirations are. Instead, at every Budget, we are supposed to doff our cap and be grateful that increased spend in England gives some crumbs to Scotland. That is not proper planning. Again, an independent country that...

Infrastructure Procurement (19 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: I absolutely agree. It goes back to the fact that an independent country making its own decisions would plan strategically and be able to borrow money accordingly. Quite often, borrowing for infrastructure leads to the kind of circular reinvestment in job creation that is a win-win. If we look at roads, we see that it was the SNP that finally delivered a continuous motorway between Edinburgh...

Infrastructure Procurement (19 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: Absolutely. I have long said that when oil was discovered in the north-east of Scotland and the Port of Nigg was developed as a strategic port, any normal country would then have invested in the infrastructure in between. That is when the A9 should have been dualled—when the oil and gas revenues were piling in, and we were using the north-east of Scotland to facilitate that. There should...

Infrastructure Procurement (19 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: Absolutely. I do not need to tell anybody from the highlands and islands here that so much European money was actually used for transport upgrades for roads and causeways. Again, that was reliant on European money, because it simply was not coming north from Westminster. To touch briefly on defence procurement, we have the ongoing shambles with Ajax, with a £5.5 billion fixed price contract...

Infrastructure Procurement (19 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: Absolutely. An overarching strategy again goes back to linking needs and outcomes, and to identifying budgets. It also sends a clear signal to investors and contractors of what is in the pipeline of work, and people can actually gear up and plan ahead accordingly. One other thing about Scotland is having, through all this work, a strategic transport development plan, and then the Tories...

Infrastructure Procurement (19 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I thought you were forewarning Members in this Chamber that they would have to listen to me. Clearly, infrastructure investment and procurement is a critical Government function. Done correctly, it gives us improved transport connectivity, new housing, vital services such as water and sewerage, telecoms and the correct energy infrastructure needed to keep the...

Infrastructure Procurement (19 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: I agree with the hon. Member wholeheartedly. The Faroese have to be commended for the work that they have done on transport connectivity. There are certainly some lessons that Transport Scotland can learn from that. Perhaps we need to be bolder going forward in terms of what transport connectivity looks like in Scotland. I shall briefly return to the ferries. It is quite clear from what I...

Infrastructure Procurement (19 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: I wholeheartedly agree with my hon. Friend. It is almost like, when we look back historically, the oil and gas revenues paid for HS1 and the channel tunnel, but at the time we were assured that there would be a spur up the east coast and a spur up the west coast of high-speed rail. Now, all these decades later, we still do not have the promised spine, but as he rightly says London and...

Infrastructure Procurement (19 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: I wholeheartedly agree. I go back to my opening remarks about HS2: the whole premise of it going to Scotland was to encourage people not to fly and to get the train. Now the competition is going the other way; they will be incentivised to fly because the journey times will be longer. It is absolutely crazy. My hon. Friend the Member for Angus (Dave Doogan) touched on the fact that the costs...

Infrastructure Procurement (19 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: Again—no surprise—I wholeheartedly agree with my hon. Friend. It is classic “penny wise, pound foolish” all the time, particularly when it comes to nuclear. The Government are kidding themselves about nuclear, because they still estimate that Sizewell C will cost only £20 billion. We already know that Hinkley, which is the model for Sizewell C, is costing nearly £50 billion, so why...

Infrastructure Procurement (19 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: That is a fair point. There is always a rural premium, and people living in rural areas suffer disproportionately when it comes to infrastructure, upgrades, energy efficiency and heating their homes. I have long argued, particularly in relation to the roll-out of energy efficiency schemes such as ECO4, that the Government really need to consider a rural programme. Otherwise, all that happens...

Written Answers — Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Aviation: Carbon Emissions (14 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of prioritising sustainable aviation fuel when securing non-recyclable municipal solid waste as a feedstock, in the context of the number of available near-term options for decarbonising the aviation sector.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Gaza: Genocide Convention (12 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, if he will take steps to help ensure the Israeli government's compliance with the provisional measures set forth by the International Court of Justice in the case concerning Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide in the Gaza Strip (South Africa v. Israel).

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Western Sahara: Self-determination of States (12 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department is taking steps to help support self-determination for people in Western Sahara.

Written Answers — Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: Energy: Prices (12 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, what assessment she has made of the impact of different levies for gas and electricity on heating bills.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Overseas Trade: Morocco ( 9 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what value of goods was (a) imported from and (b) exported to the Kingdom of Morocco in (i) 2021, (ii) 2022 and (iii) 2023.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: UNRWA: Finance ( 8 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether he has made an assessment of the consistency of (a) the decision to pause future funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East and (b) paragraph 80 of the International Court of Justice's Order relating to the case of the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: UNRWA: Finance ( 8 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that pauses in the funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) do not exacerbate the humanitarian situation in Gaza.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: UNRWA: Finance ( 8 Feb 2024)

Alan Brown: To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of a reduction in future funding to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) on the effectiveness of international NGOs operating in the occupied Palestinian territory.


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