Delivery Charges (Scotland)

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:05 pm on 20th December 2017.

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Photo of Drew Hendry Drew Hendry Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) 5:05 pm, 20th December 2017

It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Ms Dorries. I, too, congratulate Douglas Ross on securing this important debate. It is worth noting that he acknowledged the work of his predecessor, Angus Robertson, and, through his constituent, of Richard Lochhead MSP, who has worked very hard on the issue.

Mr Carmichael rightly described this as market failure. My hon. Friend Patricia Gibson talked about the long-running nature of this issue and the failure of action by the UK Government. It has been going on too long. I hope the Minister is paying attention; we need this sorted out now.

My hon. Friend Brendan O'Hara mentioned the long-running campaign by Richard Lochhead and many others. He spoke about being deluged with examples, which is a common experience for anyone who has tackled this issue. To be inundated with requests for help over sharp and unfair practices is all too common. It should not be the case.

Hugh Gaffney rightly said that it is time to end this rip-off. It is time to get it done, not to wait any longer. Let us just get something done about it. Jamie Stone was right about the problem, but this is not an issue that the Scottish Government can directly deal with. This is a reserved matter for the UK Government and it is important that they take action.