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Results 41–60 of 200 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alister Jack

Scotland: “Scotland’s Right to Choose” (8 Jan 2020)

Alister Jack: I will answer these questions together. There is no independence of thought in the questions. The Prime Minister has received the First Minister’s correspondence, which contains the Scottish Government publication, and he will respond in due course.

Scotland: “Scotland’s Right to Choose” (8 Jan 2020)

Alister Jack: Some 45% of Scots voted for the SNP in the 2019 election, and 45% of Scots voted for independence in 2014. The numbers simply have not changed. Further, in 2014 the independence referendum came on the back of something called the Edinburgh agreement, which was signed by Alex Salmond and Nicola Sturgeon, the then deputy leader. The Edinburgh agreement stated that both parties would respect...

Scotland: “Scotland’s Right to Choose” (8 Jan 2020)

Alister Jack: What we are respecting is the democratic outcome of referendums, which the SNP does not respect. The referendum in 2016 was a United Kingdom referendum, and we voted to leave the European Union. We are respecting that. Under the Sewel convention, we have provision for what is known as “not normal”. This is a constitutional matter. Constitutional matters are reserved, and they are not...

Scotland: “Scotland’s Right to Choose” (8 Jan 2020)

Alister Jack: It was a referendum three years ago. We are speaking for the majority of Scots. The majority of voters voted in 2016 to leave the European Union. We are respecting that decision, whereas the SNP is not respecting it and wants to tear up the United Kingdom.

Scotland: “Scotland’s Right to Choose” (8 Jan 2020)

Alister Jack: The First Minister has asked for the right to set and decide the context for future referendums. We are very clear that constitutional matters are reserved. It would be completely wrong for us to hand over those powers to the Scottish Parliament because we would end up with a series of neverendums, which would be bad for the Scottish economy and bad for Scottish jobs. It would reduce tax...

Scotland: “Scotland’s Right to Choose” (8 Jan 2020)

Alister Jack: First, on austerity, the Scottish Government’s own independence figures show that there would be a £12.6 billion hole in the Scottish finances, which would mean real austerity. On when the time will be right, both Nicola Sturgeon and Alex Salmond said at the time of the referendum that it was a once-in-a-generation, once-in-a-lifetime decision. I do not feel that either a generation or a...

Scotland: “Scotland’s Right to Choose” (8 Jan 2020)

Alister Jack: May I start by thanking my predecessor for his four years as Secretary of State for Scotland and, prior to that, five years as Under-Secretary and four years as a shadow spokesman? In all, he spent 13 years as a spokesman on Scottish affairs in this House, and I think the last person to do so for that length of time was Willie Ross under Harold Wilson. I thank him for all the hard work and...

Scotland: “Scotland’s Right to Choose” (8 Jan 2020)

Alister Jack: Yes.

Scotland: “Scotland’s Right to Choose” (8 Jan 2020)

Alister Jack: My right hon. Friend makes a good point. What Scotland needs now is a period of peace and tranquillity, not division and rancour. We need to take the opportunities that Brexit will bring us, not least on the common fisheries policy and other great trade deals, and make 2020 a year of optimism and growth.

Scotland: “Scotland’s Right to Choose” (8 Jan 2020)

Alister Jack: Yes, my hon. Friend makes a good point. Today’s The Herald highlights the fact that accident and emergency waiting times have deteriorated in Scotland to a record low, with record numbers of patients now waiting more than 12 hours to be treated.

Scotland: Growth Deal (8 Jan 2020)

Alister Jack: To date, the UK Government have committed over £1.4 billion in Scotland through the city region and growth deal programme, which will be rolled out to all the other regions of Scotland very shortly.

Scotland: Growth Deal (8 Jan 2020)

Alister Jack: I do agree, and that is just one example of how Scotland benefits from being in a strong United Kingdom. Another example is the Union dividend, which is worth more than £2,000 per annum to every man, woman and child in Scotland. I should add that the Prime Minister has announced a further £300 million to complete the growth deals throughout all the regions of Scotland, as well as Wales and...

Scotland: Growth Deal (8 Jan 2020)

Alister Jack: The hon Gentleman makes a good point. Were separation to happen, for an independent Scotland to join the European Union, under the Maastricht criteria its fiscal deficit would have to be 3% of GDP or less. That simply is not the case—Scotland’s fiscal deficit currently runs at more than 7%—so as things stand the economics are pure fantasy.

Scotland: Growth Deal (8 Jan 2020)

Alister Jack: My hon. Friend will not be surprised that I missed the end of his question because our Prime Minister was being cheered by colleagues. I think that my hon. Friend asked me to commit to the delivery of the borderlands growth deal. We have announced the quantum and we will have the heads of terms very soon.

Scotland: Growth Deal (8 Jan 2020)

Alister Jack: I am happy to speak to the hon. Lady outside the Chamber about her concerns.

Scotland: Growth Deal (8 Jan 2020)

Alister Jack: The right hon. Gentleman raises a very good point. Previously, these deals have been done on a per capita basis, but we recognise that the islands is a huge geographical area and that per capita would bring a very low outcome. We are in discussions with the Treasury about raising the quantum.

Business of the House (Today): UK’s Withdrawal from the EU (14 Feb 2019)

Alister Jack: The clock is ticking down, both in this debate and towards 29 March, and it is imperative for the House to focus on delivering a successful Brexit, which is successful for jobs, trade and the economy. Despite what we might hear from the other side of the House, I believe that we must deliver a successful Brexit for Scotland. Despite all that we may hear, many organisations in Scotland...

Business of the House (Today): UK’s Withdrawal from the EU (14 Feb 2019)

Alister Jack: My hon. Friend very clearly makes the point that we did not vote for the status quo. It is quite clear: 17.4 million people voted to leave. Does he agree with me that the inevitable outcome, if we do not have a deal, is no deal? That is not the status quo.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Leaving the EU: Support for Businesses based in Scotland (12 Feb 2019)

Alister Jack: How will the Government’s industrial strategy support the Scottish economy?

Counter-Terrorism and Border Security Bill: Obtaining or viewing material over the internet (22 Jan 2019)

Alister Jack: What conversations has the Minister had with social media companies to try to get terrorist material removed from the internet?


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