Employment Law: Devolution

Scotland – in the House of Commons am ar 29 Tachwedd 2023.

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Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Scottish National Party, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

If he will have discussions with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of devolving employment law to the Scottish Government.

Photo of Alister Jack Alister Jack The Secretary of State for Scotland

The UK Government have no intention of devolving legislative competence for employment rights to the Scottish Parliament. Employers and employees benefit hugely from a single, simple system where employment rights are the same across Great Britain, whether in Derby or Dundee. We do not see any benefit from changing that arrangement.

Photo of Martyn Day Martyn Day Scottish National Party, Linlithgow and East Falkirk

Devolution of employment law is supported by the Scottish Trades Union Congress, the Trades Union Congress, workers’ rights groups, a majority in the Scottish Parliament and the public. It would benefit workers by having their Governments compete to give them better rights and preventing a race to the bottom. What is not to like? Why will the Secretary of State’s Government not consider it?

Photo of Alister Jack Alister Jack The Secretary of State for Scotland

I refer the hon. Gentleman to my original answer. We believe it is right to have a simple system that works across the United Kingdom, whether one is in Derby or Dundee.

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald Ceidwadwyr, North East Hertfordshire

Does the Secretary of State agree that to have different employment laws either side of the border of the two nations would be a mistake, because it would increase the regulatory burden on companies and deprive British companies of our excellent tribunal system?

Photo of Alister Jack Alister Jack The Secretary of State for Scotland

I completely agree with my right hon. and learned Friend, who absolutely makes the right arguments.