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Results 121–140 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

Banking Sector: Fraudulent Accounts — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (5 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: I commend my right hon. Friend on securing this debate. She mentions the credit card industry. She will be aware that the protections afforded to people using credit cards are far greater than those afforded to people using debit cards or making online transfers. Does she agree that those protections should be extended to forms of banking other than just credit cards?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: I will come to that. That is going to happen anyway—by legislative consent motion. Clause 11 preserves the current devolution settlement. Holyrood will not be stopped from doing anything that it can do now, and nor will it automatically become able to do anything that our current EU membership stops it from doing. This is simple and easy to understand, and it provides a solid basis for the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: That is correct—that is what we are negotiating about. The 111 powers are already devolved at implementation level. That exists at the moment. The question is about where the frameworks sit in respect of the powers that come back from the EU. We have to look at our internal market and how we would better run our country. On issues such as food standards, it makes complete sense for us to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: The United Kingdom voted to leave and we respect that democratic decision. Earlier, the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete Wishart) said that the councils of Scotland were confused, that there was a lot for them to look at and that every council voted against. In 2014, I remember that 28 of 32 councils voted to stay in the United Kingdom. Hon. Members should respect that, just...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: I am going to make some progress. By the time we reach Report, I hope we will have a better idea about what common frameworks are needed and how Scotland’s two Governments, in Westminster and Holyrood, will work together to implement them. That is the clarity that Scottish businesses want and need. Almost two-thirds of Scotland’s exports go to the rest of the United Kingdom. I represent...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: On 23 June last year, I voted, like more than 1 million Scots and more than 17 million Britons, to leave the European Union. I did not take that decision lightly; the caricature of leave voters as romantic zealots with no regard for our economy could not be further from the truth. Brexit is a practical decision, and I believe that the United Kingdom will be better off, and less exposed to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: I will make some progress, if I may. Voting remain was a leap of faith that I could not take. I am not here to call for chaos; in fact, it is crucial to the short-term success of Brexit that we disengage from the EU with as little disruption as possible. That is why I support the Government’s plan for a time-limited implementation period after exit day. It is also why I support the Bill,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Alister Jack: Can the right hon. Gentleman please tell me one of the 109 powers that is not already implemented at a devolved level?

Rural Communities in Scotland: Broadband — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Alister Jack: Returning to a point my hon. Friend made a moment ago, my constituency of Dumfries and Galloway is in the bottom 30 of constituencies in the UK. We have done a broadband survey and had over 300 responses. When we speak to people directly, it is undoubtedly the case that they think the Scottish Government are focusing on the central belt, and they want the UK Government to put the money...

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Leaving the EU: Immigration Rules (20 Nov 2017)

Alister Jack: What discussions she has had with Cabinet colleagues on the economic effect of changes to immigration rules after the UK leaves the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Home Department: Leaving the EU: Immigration Rules (20 Nov 2017)

Alister Jack: I refer the House to my entry in the Register of Members’ Financial Interests. Will the Home Secretary confirm to dairy farmers and other businesses in Dumfries and Galloway that they will still be able to hire migrant labourers on long-term contracts after Brexit?

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Alister Jack: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Bailey. Today’s debate is on two opposing petitions: one that argues in favour of another Scottish independence referendum and one that argues against. I am proud that the people of Dumfries and Galloway, whom I represent, voted by a factor of four to one in favour of the latter. For those of us who live in Scotland, these petitions are...

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Alister Jack: I shall make some progress first. That message resonated with Scots right across the country, quite simply because people are fed up with Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP putting their obsession with our constitution ahead of governing in the interests of Scotland. Today’s debate is not about whether Scottish independence would be a good thing; I argue strongly that it would not be. It is...

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Alister Jack: Yes, I do agree—[Laughter]—as hon. Members will not be surprised to hear. Before becoming a Member of Parliament, I spent 30 years working in business, and I can tell hon. Members from my own experience and from speaking to many businessmen and women across Scotland that the business community will not thank anyone if Scotland is dragged into another divisive referendum, creating...

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Alister Jack: All I will say to that is that if I had my way, we would wait even longer. For that reason, I shall conclude by paraphrasing the former SNP Member for Hamilton: stop the grandstanding, Scotland wants to get on.

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Alister Jack: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Alister Jack: The hon. Gentleman mentions the new Under-Secretary of State moving from Perth and Kinross to that job. Does he think that it is appropriate for the former Member for Gordon to move to RT?

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Alister Jack: If that is what the SNP genuinely believes, why did it hold a vote in the Scottish Parliament on a second independence referendum when opinion polls showed that less than 50% of people were in favour of having one? Of course, that was an Achilles heel for the SNP going into the last general election.

Puppy Smuggling (1 Nov 2017)

Alister Jack: I draw to the hon. Lady’s attention that the problem is not just in Europe or Lithuania, but very much in southern Ireland. Only this summer, a father and son drowned off the coast of Galloway with a boat full of puppies, smuggling them across the Irish sea. Does she acknowledge that we must pay attention to southern Ireland and the puppy farms? Those farms operate on an agricultural basis,...

Puppy Smuggling (1 Nov 2017)

Alister Jack: My hon. Friend raises prosecutions. A £500 fine was recently handed out in my constituency, yet huge amounts of money are made out of this industry. Under Operation Delphin, which has been operating at the port of Cairnryan in my constituency, more than 500 puppies have been seized and returned to puppy farms in southern Ireland in the past year. Does he welcome that huge success, and the...


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