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Scotland Bill: Part IIA — UK Pensions liability (15 Jun 2015)

Ian Murray: ...1 and include a referendum requirement so that permanency is determined by the Scottish people. Amendments 58 and 59 make similar proposals. Let me touch on some of the other amendments we have debated in this group. My hon. Friend the Member for Nottingham North (Mr Allen), who brings great knowledge to constitutional debates, promoted his amendment expertly, as he always does. We have...

Scotland Bill: Part IIA — UK Pensions liability (15 Jun 2015)

Ian Murray: ...congratulate him. It is a great pleasure to speak in support of our amendments. I could not help noticing that Lionel Richie was in the Gallery earlier, and I hope he enjoyed the first part of our debate as much as we enjoy his music. These days in Committee are important in ensuring that the Smith agreement is delivered in full in both spirit and substance, as we said consistently on...

Scotland Bill: Part IIA — UK Pensions liability (15 Jun 2015)

Ian Murray: I have tremendous respect for the hon. Gentleman, but he is letting himself down by how he is conducting this debate. If he is saying that the Institute for Fiscal Studies is wrong, why has the same figure come out of the Scottish Government’s own accounts?

Scotland Bill: Part IIA — UK Pensions liability (15 Jun 2015)

Ian Murray: ...years, I agree with the right hon. Gentleman. On the complicated nature of the fiscal framework, which I believe he is trying to unpack, does he not agree that the Labour new clause, which will be debated at some point, to set up an independent commission on the costs and implications of full fiscal autonomy provides a much more reasonable and sensible approach?

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Scotland Bill (8 Jun 2015)

Ian Murray: ...new Labour Government was to present a Bill to the House to deliver the referendum that gave us the Scottish Parliament. That was a promise made then and kept then; we should bear that in mind when debating the Bill today. The Labour party is and always will be the party of devolution. “There will be a Scottish Parliament”—the words of the father of Scotland, Donald Dewar. When he...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Scotland Bill (8 Jun 2015)

Ian Murray: I am grateful for that intervention. The Scottish referendum debate demonstrated that when there is a proper constitutional debate, under a framework for proper constitutional debate, the results are there for all to see. The overall position of the constitutional convention that we were proposing in our manifesto would have been the way to take some of these issues forward. Colleagues across...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Scotland Bill (8 Jun 2015)

Ian Murray: I am grateful for my hon. Friend’s intervention, because one key question for the Treasury Minister wrapping up today’s debate will be: if the Government legislate for not increasing VAT, national insurance or income tax, what are they going to increase to cover the £23 billion of promises they made during the general election? I suppose the direct answer to my hon. Friend’s question...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Scotland Bill (8 Jun 2015)

Ian Murray: We are debating the Scotland Bill on Second Reading, and I am making the Labour party’s position clear. We will fight night and day to prevent full fiscal autonomy because it would be bad for the Scottish people. That is our job as a credible Opposition, and we will amend the Bill to make it better for Scotland, regardless of what other parties want to do in this place. If the hon. Lady is...

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Scotland Bill (8 Jun 2015)

Ian Murray: ...and durable devolution settlement to create a fairer, more prosperous Scotland. When this Bill is passed and these new powers make their way to the Scottish Parliament, we look forward to the debate moving on to how the powers will be used, rather than who will use them. That is the real debate and the one that the Scottish Labour party will relish in its historic fight for social justice,...

Bill Presented: Clause 1 — Charge and rates for 2015-16 (25 Mar 2015)

Ian Murray: I am grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way again. She is always incredibly generous, especially in Committee debates on Finance Bills. If the Government are correct in their assertions about tax take and behavioural change—that a 45p rate generates more than a 50p rate and is fairer—does my hon. Friend share my surprise that they object to bringing forward a report that would tell us...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Backbench Business — Shaker Aamer (17 Mar 2015)

Ian Murray: I have listened carefully to the debate and to the Minister’s contribution so far, so I hope I am not pre-empting what he is about to say. He has not yet told us, however—perhaps I have missed the clarity on the matter—what reasons the US has given to the Foreign Office for not releasing Shaker Aamer. What are the reasons behind not processing his release?

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill [Lords]: Secondary ticketing platforms (9 Mar 2015)

Ian Murray: ...clause on the prohibition on cancellation or blacklisting tickets. This will mean that event organisers will not be able to cancel tickets arbitrarily just because they are being resold. When we debated this matter on 12 January—a date that will no doubt be etched on the Minister’s mind—a similar amendment was tabled by the Opposition to protect fans from being unable to sell their...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Members’ Paid Directorships and Consultancies (25 Feb 2015)

Ian Murray: .... I congratulate him on rightly saying that we must restore people’s faith in politics and in this place. The public are demanding that we do just that, and that is why we are having this debate today; it is not because we are jumping on a passing bandwagon. Before I was elected to the House, I ran my own businesses, but as soon as I left the stage in 2010 after the returning officer had...

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Members’ Paid Directorships and Consultancies (25 Feb 2015)

Ian Murray: I will not give way, but I will say more on that point later, because it is being used as a ridiculous smokescreen in this debate, and it is one that the Prime Minister shamefully trumpeted from the Dispatch Box earlier as well. There are not enough hours in the day to do the job of a Member of Parliament, Madam Deputy Speaker, and you do not need to take my word for it. You can take it from...

Business of the House: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (15 Jan 2015)

Ian Murray: It is always a great pleasure to follow my hon. Friend the Member for Hayes and Harlington (John McDonnell)—indeed, I always follow him because he always seems to be called last in these debates. I do not know what he has done to upset someone in this House, but I am sure Santa delivered him some presents last month. He rightly pointed out the concerns about TTIP, and the Minister might...

Business of the House: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (15 Jan 2015)

Ian Murray: ...to a certain degree, but as for the way the campaign has been run by a number of organisations, let me say that they are rightly raising concerns. That is a symptom of the transparency and the debate in this House, and the fact that Members have not been given the information that their constituents are seeking. It is incredibly disappointing that this is the third debate we have had in...

Business of the House: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (15 Jan 2015)

Ian Murray: ...and Middleton (Liz McInnes), who stressed that a lack of scrutiny and transparency had led to widespread suspicions about TTIP, and those have to be addressed. The economic impact of TTIP is debated, but it is important to bear it in mind that it will entirely depend on the final scope of the deal. To a certain extent I agree with the hon. Member for Skipton and Ripon (Julian Smith); we...

Business of the House: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (15 Jan 2015)

Ian Murray: ...is kept fully informed as to the content of those negotiations and the Government’s response to them? Will he keep the public informed and engaged, because it is clear from this afternoon’s debate that the public are not engaged in this process directly by the Government but by other organisations? Will he outline how the business community will stay engaged in this debate and how he...

Business of the House: Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (15 Jan 2015)

Ian Murray: ...been called the Member for Glasgow South, and been very happy to be so. We need more engagement on TTIP in this House and at EU level, and I hope the Government will respond positively to this debate so that everyone can benefit from a robust and effective treaty, and so that the concerns that were exposed this afternoon can be dealt with properly.

Opposition Day — [12th Allotted Day]: Steel Industry (14 Jan 2015)

Ian Murray: I declare my interest as a member of the wonderful Community union; I am very proud to be so. We have had an important and critical debate, sending out a strong message not just to the steel industry that we stand up for steel, but to the Government that more needs to be done. It is a sad indication of the Government’s commitment to this issue that we have heard only one speaker from the...


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