All 17 results for in the 'Westminster Hall debates' speaker:Alister Jack

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...

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...

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...

Puppy Smuggling (1 Nov 2017)

Alister Jack: Does my hon. Friend agree that while the legislation may be fit for purpose for breeding puppies, it is not for their transportation?

Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

Alister Jack: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

Alister Jack: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

Alister Jack: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Alister Jack: Will the hon. Lady give way?

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Alister Jack: The wrecking ball was not the Brexit referendum; in Scotland, where the hon. Lady and I live, the wrecking ball was the independence referendum. Law firms went out of business, conveyancing stopped, the housing market slowed dramatically and businesses stopped moving to and investing in Scotland. I know people who were planning to come to open branches of their business who stopped...

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Alister Jack: My hon. Friend makes a valid point. When businesses look to relocate, they pay attention to corporation tax, but they also think about the tax that their employees will pay. Does he agree that it is a mistake for Nicola Sturgeon to make Scotland the most overtaxed society in the United Kingdom?

Foreign Direct Investment 2016-17 — [James Gray in the Chair] (12 Sep 2017)

Alister Jack: Although foreign direct investment into Scotland has been increasing, the Scottish National party’s constant pursuit of a second independence referendum creates economic uncertainty, and businesses are loth to go into such an environment. Does my hon. Friend agree that if the SNP were to drop that desire, we would see more inward investment into Scotland?


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