Canlyniadau 81–100 o 1253 ar gyfer speaker:Alister Jack

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Scotland Office: Public Expenditure (30 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: None. The Scotland Office does not devolve any spending to England. The government has set itself a mission that, by 2030, every part of England that wants one will have a devolution deal, with powers at or approaching the highest level of devolution, with a simplified, long-term funding settlement. At Spring Budget, the government announced the trailblazer devolution deals with the Greater...

Scotland: Devolution in Scotland (29 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: With devolved powers, the Scottish Government can tailor policy in areas such as health, education and justice, as well as in tax and welfare through additional powers in the Scotland Act 2016. The UK Government are working with local government and local partners to deliver on their needs and wishes. That is real devolution in action.

Scotland: Devolution in Scotland (29 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: It is very straightforward. We understand that there will be environmental engagement overseas by the Scottish Government, and that is a devolved matter. What we have tried get a grip on is the Scottish Government travelling overseas, meeting Ministers, discussing reserved areas such as constitutional affairs and foreign affairs, and straying away from the portfolio of matters that are...

Scotland: Devolution in Scotland (29 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: If the Scottish Government want more people to settle in Scotland—and immigration is at a record high—they need to build more housing, have lower taxes and better public services, and make Scotland more attractive to people.

Scotland: Devolution in Scotland (29 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: I absolutely agree with my right hon. Friend. The A75, along with the A77, came up as a vital route in the Union connectivity review by Lord Hendy of Richmond Hill—Sir Peter Hendy as he was at the time. We are finally working with the Scottish Government, and the UK Government are funding a feasibility study for the upgrade of the A75. I am delighted that progress is being made.

Scotland: Devolution in Scotland (29 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: My hon. Friend is right. Everyone forgets that the Scottish Government get up every day and go to work to destroy devolution and the United Kingdom. The defenders of devolution and the strengtheners of the United Kingdom are this Government.

Scotland: Devolution in Scotland (29 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: First of all, it is a very worrying time for those whose jobs are at risk at the Grangemouth refinery. This morning, the Under-Secretary of State for Scotland, my hon. Friend the Member for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk (John Lamont), and a Minister from the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero met Neil Gray from the Scottish Government, and yesterday my hon. Friend had a meeting...

Scotland: Devolution in Scotland (29 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: As the hon. Gentleman will know, the Director of Public Prosecutions in England is appointed by a panel, which removes the risk of perceived interference by Government. Many learned friends have expressed their concerns to me about the structure in Scotland and the closeness between the judiciary and the Government, and I find their concerns understandable. It is vital that the public...

Scotland: Devolution in Scotland (29 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: I am not entirely sure what I have done that has been a failure, to be honest. This Government protect devolution and the settlement. If he is referring to the section 35 order that I used, that was in the Scotland Act 1998 and was voted for at the time by SNP MPs. It is there to protect devolution when a devolved Administration legislates on Great Britain or UK matters.

Scotland: Employment Law: Devolution (29 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: 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.

Scotland: Employment Law: Devolution (29 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: 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.

Scotland: Employment Law: Devolution (29 Tach 2023)

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

Scotland: Scottish Work Visa Scheme (29 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: The United Kingdom Government have introduced a single, flexible immigration system that works in the interest of the whole United Kingdom. A separate visa system would create an economic migration border between Scotland and the rest of the UK, which would be harmful for employers and far less attractive for workers.

Scotland: Scottish Work Visa Scheme (29 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: Because we have a specific Scottish occupation list for shortages, which gives us flexibility. The salary rate is set at £20,960. We believe that the best way is for stakeholder bodies to make representations to the Home Office to add to the shortage occupation list.

Scotland: Scottish Work Visa Scheme (29 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: Argyll and Bute is a beautiful part of the United Kingdom, but what it lacks is infrastructure, public services and affordable housing, because the Scottish Government have failed in all those areas. What it also has, with the rest of Scotland, is the problem of being the highest-taxed part of the United Kingdom. That is the problem the Scottish Government have to address.

Scotland: Scottish Work Visa Scheme (29 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: I think the hon. Lady lives in a parallel universe. We have the highest net migration to the UK since records began, far higher than when we were in the EU. As I say, if we want to attract people to Scotland, we must stop making it the highest-taxed part of the United Kingdom.

Scotland: Scottish Work Visa Scheme (29 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: Absolutely. We are one United Kingdom. We have no physical border. It is important that we treat immigration equally across the whole United Kingdom and give everyone equal opportunity.

Scotland: Scottish Work Visa Scheme (29 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: I point the hon. Gentleman to the seasonal agricultural workers scheme. That is 45,000 people, with the ability to flex it up to 55,000. Those people come to work in a flexible system across the United Kingdom, and it has proved to be a huge success.

Scotland: Scottish Work Visa Scheme (29 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: It is good that the hon. Gentleman’s lines are written by Mike Russell. That is an old one, and not a very good one. The reality is that Scotland is the most taxed part of the United Kingdom, which is not attractive for people to work there. We have the highest ever net migration. If the Scottish Government focus more on good public services, good infrastructure and lower taxation,...

Scotland: Promoting Scotland's Interests Abroad (29 Tach 2023)

Alister Jack: The UK Government work tirelessly to promote Scottish interests around the world through our extensive diplomatic network, forging business links, and generating trade and investment. Our response to the Scottish Affairs Committee’s recent inquiry on Scotland’s international promotion highlights the extensive efforts we undertake to achieve this.


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