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Scotland: Devolved Finances (16 Nov 2022)

Deidre Brock: What assessment his Department has made of the impact of the reduction in the Scottish block grant on devolved finances.

Cost of Living Increases (16 Mar 2022)

Kirsten Oswald: ...pockets of low and middle-income households as quickly as possible, to help them address the inflation that has already taken place and, as my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh North and Leith (Deidre Brock) indicated, the worst that is yet to come. Universal credit is a driver of poverty, including among working people, although the UK Government seem to forget that all too often. The...

Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [Lords]: New Clause 1 - Duty to prepare an Animal Sentience Strategy (14 Mar 2022)

Deidre Brock: ...is responsible for regulating and enforcing that law. However, much of what goes on behind closed doors at animal testing sites in the UK is hidden from view and shrouded in secrecy, as the law blocks access to information about the animals’ treatment during experiments. Section 24 of the 1986 Act makes it a criminal offence for that information to be disclosed. A requirement for the...

Laboratory Animals: Animal Welfare Act — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (7 Feb 2022)

Martyn Day: ...; and they were raised in the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill debate that took place on 18 January this year. In last month’s debate, my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh North and Leith (Deidre Brock) remarked that there are areas of the Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill that the SNP believes must be strengthened. Conspicuously, one of those areas is scientific procedures involving...

Trade and Agriculture Commission: Role in International Trade Deals — [Hannah Bardell in the Chair] (21 Jul 2021)

Deidre Brock: ...impact on Scotland’s fragile rural and coastal economies, the devolved Administrations will get little or no say in trade deals. In fact, we have seen determined efforts by the UK Government to block any involvement of the devolved Administrations. That is in marked contrast to, say, the territories and provinces of Canada, whose deep understanding of the needs of their lands and peoples...

Building Safety (29 Jun 2021)

Mike Amesbury: ...faced with an unaffordable bill and has considered taking his own life—real stories. In addition, we heard from the hon. Members for Kensington (Felicity Buchan), for Edinburgh North and Leith (Deidre Brock), for Stoke-on-Trent South (Jack Brereton), for Brighton, Pavilion (Caroline Lucas), for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Jo Gideon), for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Tim Farron), for Strangford...

Agriculture Bill: Clause 4 - Multi-annual financial assistance plans (12 Oct 2020)

Deidre Brock: ...food standards and a report by the Trade and Agriculture Commission would at least do more than that to protect food standards. However, as we see tonight, even that wee bit of protection has been blocked by the Government. All Scottish MPs received a letter signed by dozens of farming, health, environmental and social justice organisations recently pleading with us to support higher food...

United Kingdom Internal Market Bill: Clause 1 - Purpose of Part 1 (22 Sep 2020)

Deidre Brock: ...satisfy less strict regulations in England. She says that “unfettered market access is given priority. EU principles of proportionality and subsidiarity are…excluded.” Also on the chopping block would be the right to differentiate production methods in procurement, so there goes organic farming—even if it survives the drop in exports after the Government’s failure to agree an...

Exiting the European Union (Food and Agriculture) (19 Mar 2019)

Deidre Brock: .... However, here we are in the midst of a Brexit bourach. As the damaging deal remains stuck in the mud, we have a torrent of statutory instruments to process simply to get to the starting block. Existing protections and permissions over food contact materials must continue post- Brexit. No one wants a fall in the standards for containers transporting our food or the machinery processing...

Offences Against the Person Act 1861 (5 Jun 2018)

Christine Jardine: ...consistently for devolution and whose party has campaigned tirelessly for it, I cannot find myself supporting that argument. I listened to what the hon. Member for Edinburgh North and Leith (Deidre Brock) had to say, but then I listened to what the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley (Jess Phillips) said and thought, “If I were one of those women sitting at home listening to us today,...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: EU Withdrawal Negotiations (14 Sep 2017)

Deidre Brock: Once again, the Edinburgh festivals were adversely affected this year by UK Visas and Immigration decisions that blocked performers from attending. Will the Secretary of State make representations to the Brexit Secretary that freedom of movement should be maintained after the UK leaves the EU, so that EU performers do not face the same difficulty getting to the Edinburgh festivals—and other...

Scottish Devolution and Article 50 (15 Mar 2017)

Patrick Grady: My apologies, Mr Gray; nevertheless, the pleasure remains. As my hon. Friend the Member for Edinburgh North and Leith (Deidre Brock) said, the circumstances in which we are having the debate have changed somewhat, following the First Minister’s announcement on Monday about the Scottish Government’s decision to seek a section 30 order. I pay tribute to the ever-ready House of Commons...

Scotland: Demography and Devolution — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (9 Mar 2017)

Pete Wishart: ...for Scotland’s economy and our ability to support and sustain an increasingly elderly population. That is because Scotland is predominantly funded on the basis of its population in the form of a block grant that we receive and is calculated on the percentage-based Barnett formula. Increasingly, the distribution of resources throughout the United Kingdom will be on a per capita basis. The...

Post-study Work Schemes — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (8 Dec 2016)

Deidre Brock: ...an immigration system that is working in the national interest. I have to disagree. With an ageing population and with skills shortages across many sectors, it seems to me that policies that block successful routes for the brightest talent to stay and work are acting very much against our national interest. The Secretary of State for Scotland admitted as much in his evidence to the...

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

Deidre Brock: ...them. The Brexit mess is already causing tremendous uncertainty over future research funding and international collaboration. We need to make certain that changes to governance do not put even more blocks on the road. As my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow North West (Carol Monaghan) said, the Scottish Affairs Committee recently had the privilege of taking evidence from Sir Tim...

European Council: Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill (22 Feb 2016)

Ben Wallace: ...Ireland once and for all. The draft budget measure achieves what was set out in the fresh start agreement, and it will ensure that the Executive cannot consider spending plans that exceed the block grant allocated from the Treasury. Let me respond to some points raised by hon. Members. I join others in sending condolences to the family of Mark Calway, and I hope that my hon. Friend the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Devolution (4 Nov 2015)

Deidre Brock: ...been a creaking and unstable mess, creating unnecessary friction, and will he recommit himself to a more open and transparent process—as he refused to do previously—for the calculation of the block grant to underpin the new fiscal framework?

Backbench Business — [2nd Allotted Day]: Stormont (12 Oct 2015)

Ben Wallace: ...—flexibilities that the constituents of the hon. Member for Bury South (Mr Lewis) in Lancashire and I do not have. We have allowed flexibilities for Northern Ireland with its generous block grant to make accommodation for the troubles and their impact. It is important to see this through. We cannot overlook the brutal murders that took place this year, culminating in the murder of Mr...


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