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European Union Referendum Bill (9 Jun 2015)

Drew Hendry: It is a pleasure to follow the excellent speech of the hon. Member for Sutton and Cheam (Paul Scully). This is an opportunity for me to make my maiden speech, and I would like to congratulate my colleagues who have already spoken, who have set a very high standard. My predecessor was Danny Alexander, who first took his seat in 2005, when my constituency in its current form as Inverness,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: High Speed 2 (11 Jun 2015)

Drew Hendry: First, I welcome the Secretary of State back to his departmental position. I am sure we will find many areas of common interest and purpose within this portfolio to assist people in Scotland and across the UK. On HS2, what meetings has the Secretary of State had with the Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, Mr Keith Brown MSP, the Scottish Government Minister for Transport?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: High Speed 2 (11 Jun 2015)

Drew Hendry: With respect to the Secretary of State’s keenness to make progress, may I urge him to meet the Scottish Government Minister as a matter of urgency? Will he confirm that he will undertake to do so?

Business of the House (Today): High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill: Instruction (No. 3) (23 Jun 2015)

Drew Hendry: As we have heard from the Minister, high-speed rail will have a great economic impact along the route between London and the west midlands. An infrastructure project of such a size and scale will also have the knock-on effect of changing communities. There are many people and many views on route choices to consider, and we have heard today about some of the impacts. Changes will also happen...

Business of the House (Today): High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill: Instruction (No. 3) (23 Jun 2015)

Drew Hendry: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. Notwithstanding that, I think there are points—especially in local and national economies—that have to be developed through participation. We heard earlier that projects that have been designed can be improved, and the Minister said we need to avoid minor errors; he covered that earlier in terms of the report. We also need to avoid major errors, so I ask him...

Business of the House (Today): High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill: Instruction (No. 3) (23 Jun 2015)

Drew Hendry: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I accept that mild rebuke.

Business of the House (Today): Use of the Chamber (Youth Parliament) (23 Jun 2015)

Drew Hendry: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that one way to call out those people who are trying to court favour is to give the vote to 16 and 17-year-olds? Then they can make their own decision.

Business of the House (Today): Use of the Chamber (Youth Parliament) (23 Jun 2015)

Drew Hendry: The hon. Gentleman is incredibly generous to let me intervene twice. Does he agree that if the public pay for a facility, they should get maximum access to it, and that we should be allowing people to use the public buildings they have paid for?

Bills Presented — Local Area Referendum (Disposal of School Playing Fields): Clause 16 — Tax on carriage of passengers by air (29 Jun 2015)

Drew Hendry: The hon. Gentleman is making a point about cross-border competition. Does he agree that there is another point about the longer-term sustainability of airports outwith that area, such as Inverness and Dundee? They need additional support and would benefit from the reinvestment in Scotland of the revenue generated by additional passenger traffic.

Scotland Bill: Clause 19 — Disability, industrial injuries and carer’s benefits (30 Jun 2015)

Drew Hendry: On whether or not people should suffer a further sanction, I want to ask the hon. Gentleman about circumstances encountered by one of my constituents. He was sanctioned for not turning up to an appointment with the Department for Work and Pensions, but his letter had been sent to the wrong street, albeit the same number, and he was not aware of the appointment. Does the hon. Gentleman agree...

Scotland Bill: Clause 24 — Universal credit: costs of claimants who rent accommodation (30 Jun 2015)

Drew Hendry: Is the right hon. Gentleman aware that parts of the United Kingdom are already more unattractive because of decisions on welfare spending? The bedroom tax is one example. In the highlands, there are some 70 communities with no one or two-bedroom properties on the social register for people to move to. How can it possibly be fair for that principle to apply across the UK, when the people who...

City Deal Funding (Aberdeen) (30 Jun 2015)

Drew Hendry: I had the pleasure of working with Aberdeen as part of the Scottish Cities Alliance. Many of the organisations my hon. Friend mentions have been critical in pulling together the project for Aberdeen. As a representative of the other most northerly city in Scotland, Inverness, the links between Inverness and Aberdeen are very clear. The generation of employment and our ability to retain and...

City Deal Funding (Aberdeen) (30 Jun 2015)

Drew Hendry: Thank you for your advice, Mr Deputy Speaker. Does my hon. Friend agree that this is an opportunity for the UK Government to demonstrate a commitment to the cities and regions in our area, which is the most northerly part of Scotland and the UK?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Davies Commission Report (1 Jul 2015)

Drew Hendry: I thank the Secretary of State for the early sight of the airports commission report and confirm that there are no problems on the Scottish National party Benches with this. I thank Sir Howard and his team for their work. The report, while continuing to keep Gatwick as a “viable option”, provides a clear direction. All those involved would expect clarity from the Secretary of State on his...

Business of the House: English Votes on English Laws (2 Jul 2015)

Drew Hendry: Will the Leader of the House answer this question on the specifics of voting in this House and not try to dodge the issue? He says in his statement: “The key difference is that our plans provide for an English veto at different stages in the process.” Does he not recognise the rank hypocrisy of this position when his MPs flooded in to veto the proposals of Scotland’s MPs on the Scotland...

Bills Presented — Bat Habitats Regulation Bill: Clause 31 — Crown Estate (6 Jul 2015)

Drew Hendry: The Crown Estate is public land and its commissioners are a statutory corporation, and the Crown Estate revenues are paid directly to the UK Government Treasury. It has no direct role in paying for the Queen or the royal household. Does the hon. Gentleman not agree that that is contrary to the position he is trying to put forward?

Bills Presented — Bat Habitats Regulation Bill: Clause 31 — Crown Estate (6 Jul 2015)

Drew Hendry: Does the hon. Gentleman not agree, however, that, as the Chancellor himself has said, there are other mechanisms for paying? The Crown Estate just happens to be one such mechanism.

Bills Presented — Bat Habitats Regulation Bill: Clause 31 — Crown Estate (6 Jul 2015)

Drew Hendry: I rise to support new clause 57. The transfer of the Crown Estate in Scotland and its assets was a key commitment agreed to by the cross-party Smith commission, and I know that the Secretary of State will be keen to deliver it in full. The Heads of Agreement stated, in paragraph 32: “Responsibility for the management of the Crown Estate’s economic assets in Scotland, and the revenue...


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