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Chilcot Inquiry and Parliamentary Accountability (30 Nov 2016)

Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh: ...discussions differed from the information that the Prime Minister presented to the House? I welcomed the maiden speech of the hon. Member for Witney (Robert Courts), who spoke with great eloquence and some good humour, and gave us a whirlwind tour of his constituency. He rightly paid tribute to the work of the organisations that exist there. I welcome him to the House. The right hon....

Sustainable Development Goals — [Graham Stringer in the Chair] (24 Nov 2016)

Patrick Grady: Absolutely. Tax treaties were touched on briefly. I think I heard double taxation talked about in the Chamber earlier today, and our hon. Friend the Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (Roger Mullin) will be seeking to build on his predecessor’s reputation with his private Member’s Bill, the Double Taxation Treaties (Developing Countries) Bill, in a couple of weeks’ time. The report...

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Minor and consequential amendments (22 Nov 2016)

As this brings us to the end of the Committee, I pay tribute to the Chair and co-Chair for their expeditious and authoritative chairing of our proceedings, and to the many members of the House authorities that have facilitated our consideration of the Bill. They include the Clerks of the Public Bill Office, the Doorkeepers, Hansard and many others. I am grateful for the constructive approach...

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Commencement (22 Nov 2016)

Richard Arkless: I add my thanks to you, Mrs Main, and congratulate you on your splendid chairing today. We got through the Bill at a rate of knots, and like other Members, I am delighted to be leaving before 3.30 pm, thanks to you. I do not wish to inflate the ego of the Minister any further, given the compliments that he has had from all sides. Suffice it to say that with the second name Wallace, I wonder...

Public Bill Committee: Criminal Finances Bill: Whistleblowing in relation to failure to prevent the facilitation of tax evasion (22 Nov 2016)

Ben Wallace: I am grateful to the hon. Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath for his contribution. New clause 19 would require a review of arrangements to facilitate whistleblowing in the banking and financial sectors. Whistleblowing can play an important part in bringing wrongdoing to light. The Government value the contribution of whistleblowers and believe they should be able to highlight wrongdoing...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: UKRI report: international specialist employees (21 Nov 2016)

Carol Monaghan: I will speak to amendments 55 and 56. I will start with amendment 56, which is in my name and that of my hon. Friend the Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (Roger Mullin). The proposals in the Bill to reform the UK research councils have implications for higher education in Scotland, and we have concerns about the potential consequences for Scotland’s research base. The SNP tabled an...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Duty to monitor and report on financial sustainability (21 Nov 2016)

Jo Johnson: Higher education institutions are private and autonomous bodies that are self-organising. It is of course important that they provide a framework of governance that enables students to learn well in their institutions, and I am sure that that will include a healthy dialogue with their staff and employees. It is not for the Government to mandate particular forms of relations, given that these...

Petition - Post Office Closure in Tonbridge: Maxwellisation Process (17 Nov 2016)

Phillip Lee: I congratulate the hon. Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (Roger Mullin) on securing the debate. When the Government decide that an inquiry is needed to investigate a matter of public concern, they will generally begin by asking whether it should be held under the Inquiries Act 2005 and use the Inquiry Rules 2006. Inquiries can be non-statutory, as was the case for the Iraq inquiry....

Immigration Rules (International Students) — [Mr James Gray in the Chair] (16 Nov 2016)

Angela Crawley: Indeed. I thank my hon. Friend for his comment. I will come to the West of Scotland University. Our advantage is that we are a world-leading country and we have world-leading institutions. I call on the Government to make the necessary practical changes and to look at the pilot scheme, the tier 2 visa, the work study visa and so on, and to consider how much more there is to be gained from...

Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments Bill: Prevention of fraud and abuse of small donations scheme (15 Nov 2016)

Jane Ellison: I will say a little about that. As other hon. Members have said, there was movement on this during the passage of the original legislation. The figure is reasonable and strikes a sensible balance. A ratio of 1:10 is an easy one for those administering this to remember. If hon. Members accept that the matching rule is sensible in principle, I am prepared to say that it is something we would...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Topical Questions (14 Nov 2016)

Martyn Day: None of the amendments to the Higher Education and Research Bill that were tabled by my hon. Friends the Members for Glasgow North West (Carol Monaghan) and for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath (Roger Mullin) were accepted by the Government in Committee. What guarantees can the Minister give members of the Scottish research community that they will be fully represented in UK Research and Innovation?

Criminal Finances Bill (25 Oct 2016)

Brandon Lewis: I thank right hon. and hon. Members for this informed and valuable debate. We have heard strong and important contributions, and there has been support from both sides of the House for the principles behind the Bill. We will have interesting and strong discussions in Committee. As my hon. Friend the Minister for Security emphasised at the start of the debate, there can be no doubt about the...

BHS: Industrial Strategy (20 Oct 2016)

Roger Mullin: ...Lothian (George Kerevan). As he was talking, I wrote down the following: “Until I read my hon. Friend’s book, I will remain in some sympathy with the hon. Member for Bedford (Richard Fuller) and my hon. Friend the Member for Aberdeen North (Kirsty Blackman).” One problem, as I see it, with nearly every other contribution, except that of my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh West...

Rights of EU Nationals (19 Oct 2016)

Robin Walker: I congratulate the Scottish National party on securing the debate. We have been dealing with a very important issue: the status of EU nationals living in the UK following the EU referendum and the decision of the British people to leave the EU. I am very glad that Parliament has had a chance to debate the issue in detail, and I commend the hon. and learned Member for Edinburgh South West...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: Access to support for students recognised as needed protection (18 Oct 2016)

Jo Johnson: I also thank the hon. Member for Sheffield Central for tabling this new clause, which relates to access to support for students recognised as needing protection. I agree with the hon. Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath and recognise his commitment to this issue. It is one that is already addressed, however, within the student support regulations. I am pleased to say that those who come to...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: Balanced funding and advice from UKRI (18 Oct 2016)

Gordon Marsden: I beg to move amendment 329, in clause 95, page 57, line 4, leave out “reasonable”. This amendment seeks to establish what a reasonable balance between Quality Related funding and project-specific funding is and to clarify how the dual support system will be protected by this legislation. The amendment might seem perverse, but it is a mechanism to explore with the Government what a...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: UKRI’s research and innovation strategy (18 Oct 2016)

Gordon Marsden: ...consulted with as part of UKRI’s strategy. Although the amendment is probing, it is important, not only in terms of the practical arrangements that must characterise the relationship between UKRI and its nine councils but in terms of the signal—or lack of signal, if the Government do not move down this road—that it is in danger of sending to the academic community and the learned...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: UK research and innovation functions (18 Oct 2016)

Gordon Marsden: I wish to elaborate on my Scottish colleague’s comments, first by saying that you are my favourite Chair of all time, Mr Hanson, and not just for Tuesday—at least until someone else comes along and makes me a better offer. Amendment 326 would allow Research England to co-ordinate with its devolved counterparts. I am very much in tune with the sentiments just expressed by the hon....

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: The Councils of UKRI (18 Oct 2016)

Gordon Marsden: We now move on to some of the meat of an area which has developed quite a head of steam: the relationship between UKRI and the councils. We have previously talked today about some of the ways in which UKRI might devolve its powers, and the Minister has been helpful regarding the councils, but the devil is always in the detail of parliamentary scrutiny. There is considerable disquiet about...

Public Bill Committee: Higher Education and Research Bill: United Kingdom Research and Innovation (18 Oct 2016)

Gordon Marsden: ...some observations on the amendments tabled by SNP Members. I have mentioned Hamlet without the prince once, so I will not do it again, but I entirely share the puzzlement of the hon. Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath that the Bill, and indeed the White Paper, have been drafted with scant recognition of the knock-on effect and implications of what may be extremely valuable new...


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