Canlyniadau 1–20 o 72 ar gyfer speaker:Michael Shanks

Infected Blood Compensation Scheme (21 Mai 2024)

Michael Shanks: Twenty years ago, the late former chair of the Scottish Infected Blood Forum, Philip Dolan, said that, for years, every time we have reached the top of the mountain, the cloud lifts and there is another mountain to climb. I think, from the Minister’s statement today, there is some sense that there might not be another mountain to climb, but there is a need for some transparency,...

Energy Security and Net Zero: Berwick Bank Wind Farm (21 Mai 2024)

Michael Shanks: What discussions she has had with the Scottish Government on the Berwick Bank wind farm project.

Energy Security and Net Zero: Berwick Bank Wind Farm (21 Mai 2024)

Michael Shanks: I thank the Minister for his answer and for the promise that officials will work together, but he will be aware that this is a 4.1 GW renewables project that could be the largest offshore wind farm in the world, delivering over £8 billion to the UK economy. The only reason that it is not eligible for this year’s contract for difference auction is the Scottish Government’s failure to make...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Highway Code (16 Mai 2024)

Michael Shanks: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has made an assessment of the level of public awareness of changes to the highway code made in 2022.

Written Answers — Treasury: Treasury: Correspondence (16 Mai 2024)

Michael Shanks: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to ensure the adequacy of response times for ministerial correspondence.

Royal Bank of Scotland Branch Closures (14 Mai 2024)

Michael Shanks: I wonder if the Minister could look at the statistics, because I think some of the statistics used by the banks have been quite misleading. On the question of banking hubs, we have one in Cambuslang in my constituency, which is a fantastic resource, but it is there because all the banks closed. When the Royal Bank of Scotland in Rutherglen closes, I want to avoid all the other branches...

Royal Bank of Scotland Branch Closures (14 Mai 2024)

Michael Shanks: I thank the hon. Lady for bringing the debate, and for being incredibly generous in giving way so much during a half-hour debate. She has mentioned selective statistics being spun. The Rutherglen branch is also earmarked for closure. I stood outside it and heard, particularly from older people, that they were being told to go into the branch to use the app. This then generated statistics to...

Scotland: Cost of Living ( 1 Mai 2024)

Michael Shanks: I wish Humza Yousaf well for the future, but after his year in office, nobody in Scotland is better off, and that is coupled with our having a Prime Minister who is clinging on to power. Child poverty is up. Life expectancy is falling. NHS waiting lists are up. Drug deaths are up. Homelessness is up. Economic growth has flatlined. Is it not the inescapable truth that Scots have been failed by...

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Armed Conflict: Food Supply (30 Ebr 2024)

Michael Shanks: To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, if he will make an assessment of the implications for his policies of trends in the level of conflicts resulting from global food insecurity.

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (Instructions) (29 Ebr 2024)

Michael Shanks: I start by paying tribute to several people across this House from a number of different parties. When I arrived here last year, I could tell they had already been working hard on this issue, including my right hon. Friend the Member for North Durham (Mr Jones) and the hon. Member for Motherwell and Wishaw (Marion Fellows). There is consensus across the House that this huge injustice must...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (Instructions) (29 Ebr 2024)

Michael Shanks: May I make a bit of progress? I will then give way. There is also the question of the evidence used around corroboration. There are differences in the convictions. More importantly, the hon. Member for Motherwell and Wishaw spoke about one of the organisations involved—the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission, which she rightly said was the body that brought cases for review in...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (Instructions) (29 Ebr 2024)

Michael Shanks: The suggestion of dubious lectures coming from the Scottish National party is slightly misguided. I accept the point that the legislation goes above normal legal precedent, but there is no reason why the Scottish Parliament could not invoke its emergency Bill procedures as it has done in the past, recognising that this is an extraordinary situation.

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (Instructions) (29 Ebr 2024)

Michael Shanks: That is absolutely right. The key point is that there is no question about the Post Office being held to account for the institutional levels of cover-up—

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (Instructions) (29 Ebr 2024)

Michael Shanks: May I just make the point and then I will give way? The Post Office must be held to account for that institutional cover-up, and it is the responsibility of this place and the inquiry to look into that, but the prosecutions in Scotland were taken forward by the Crown Office, which is responsible to the Scottish Parliament. That is the point that I am making about accountability.

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (Instructions) (29 Ebr 2024)

Michael Shanks: I am happy to agree with the hon. Lady about the responsibility of Post Office Ltd—I said that a few moments ago—but the prosecutions based on that Post Office evidence were taken forward by the Crown Office. There is responsibility to go around here. [Interruption.] I will just answer the point, if that is okay. The evidence absolutely came from a flawed system, and Post Office Ltd must...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (Instructions) (29 Ebr 2024)

Michael Shanks: I would share that distaste, but those comments were reflecting what the Lord Advocate has said. I have letters from the Lord Advocate in my hand that repeat that point a number of times. Of course, the Lord Advocate sits around the Cabinet table with, I think—I will need to check—the current First Minister, Humza Yousaf.

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (Instructions) (29 Ebr 2024)

Michael Shanks: No. I have taken a lot of interventions and am going to make a bit of progress. My second point is about timing. I do not accept the SNP’s argument at all that the timing is an issue. I have heard the Minister make the point on a number of occasions that the compensation regime will be available to people who have been exonerated—by whatever means that is—at the moment they are...

Post Office (Horizon System) Offences Bill (Instructions) (29 Ebr 2024)

Michael Shanks: If the SNP is unable to act, there will be no more dithering and there will be no more delays, because Labour will act. For that reason, I will not be supporting the SNP motion.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Unrwa (24 Ebr 2024)

Michael Shanks: To ask the Deputy Foreign Secretary, with reference to the oral contribution of 15 April 2024 by the Prime Minister, Official Report, column 37, whether he plans to publish the interim findings of the UN review into UNRWA .

Petition - Recommendations of the Infected Blood Inquiry (22 Ebr 2024)

Michael Shanks: I rise to present a petition on behalf of those infected and affected by the contaminated blood scandal, in particular my constituent Richard Gilmour, who was infected in 1974 through a blood transfusion. He has had to undergo multiple medical procedures since and says that he is lucky to still be alive. Like all those infected, he suffers chronic fatigue and other symptoms, and he deserves...


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