Canlyniadau 141–160 o 614 ar gyfer speaker:Alyn Smith

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill: After Clause 16 - Environmental protection (12 Meh 2023)

Alyn Smith: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker. I would be perfectly happy to summarise the Bill in one word, if you would allow me some unparliamentary language, but I will be brief. The SNP’s position on the Bill is well rehearsed. We regret this piece of legislation. We do not think it is necessary. We do not like what it is trying to achieve, because we think targeting laws on the basis of where they...

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (24 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: Finally, we have a substantive point about the Bill. I want this House to give the normal legislative scrutiny to subsequent changes to the law, wherever they come from. This Bill hands considerable extra power to the Government to do that over retained EU law, without that scrutiny. We support the measures on the devolved Administrations and the future sifting committee not because they...

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (24 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: That is a fair point. My interpretation of the amendment is that it should be in the devolved areas; otherwise, I do not think it makes any logical sense. I do not think members of the devolved Administrations should be able to withhold consent to other areas being passed. That is a reasonable position that I think we can agree on, and I invite colleagues to do so.

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (24 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: The hon. Gentleman makes an interesting point. I have to say that I do not agree with him. The intention of the amendment is clearly about protecting the devolved settlement. It does do that, and that is certainly the SNP’s interpretation of it. We do not have Members in the Lords, but if there was scope for redrafting that provision, we would be open to it. Our position, however, is that...

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (24 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: In a spirit of intellectual honesty, I will take that point on board. I hope their lordships will, too, because I suspect that this is not the end of the discussion. For today, we will support the amendment to make it clear that we want to defend the devolved settlement from a power grab. I suspect we will come back to this matter, and I am genuinely grateful for those constructive points....

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (24 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: It is a mixed pleasure to speak in this debate for the Scottish National party, it is safe to say, but it is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Stone (Sir William Cash). Much as we disagree on some things, I did not realise we were both Eurovision fans; perhaps we can organise a viewing party next year, as I have an outfit he would look fabulous in. [Interruption.] It will not be a...

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (24 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: I will choose my words: the hon. Member is right in what he says, but he misses the point that we have left the EU and that did not apply from that point onwards. What he says was correct about two years ago, but what I am saying is correct now. It is open to this Parliament to revoke any piece of legislation wherever it came from. This Bill is borne of malice rather than being a constructive...

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (24 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: Can anybody explain to me what additional power, focus or agenda this Bill gives to the power that exists already by this Parliament being sovereign—that is not my worldview, but it is the worldview of many Members? I do not see this as necessary.

Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill (24 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: It helps me get to the second page of my speech, as I was going to say that not only is the Bill unnecessary, but it is bad law. It is open in the normal way for Government to amend legislation, but that would be subject to the normal scrutiny. Another reason why we dislike the Bill is that it bypasses that scrutiny.

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Homes for Ukraine Scheme (24 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, if his Department will extend the Homes for Ukraine scheme beyond its current timescales.

Written Answers — Home Office: Passports: Educational Visits (23 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of the use of collective passports for school visits to the UK.

Written Answers — Ministry of Defence: Defence: UK Relations with EU (19 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is his policy to increase defence cooperation with the EU outside of the UK's cooperation obligations to EU countries under NATO.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Passports: Educational Visits (19 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on the potential merits of introducing collective passports for educational groups visiting the UK.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: EU Countries: Electricity Interconnectors (18 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has held discussions with the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero on the installation of additional interconnectors to EU countries, including in the North Sea.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: EU Countries: Overseas students (18 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had discussions with the (a) Home Secretary and (b) Secretary of State for Education on improving access to UK universities for students from EU countries.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: EU Countries: Overseas students (18 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether he has had discussions with the Secretary of State for (a) Education and (b) the Home Department on reducing (i) barriers and (ii) costs of obtaining visas for EU students studying at UK universities.

Written Answers — Treasury: Revenue and Customs: Standards (18 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what HMRC's target response times are for (a) public enquiries and (b) Member of Parliament enquiries; and if he will provide details of performance against those targets for each of the last six months.

Scotland: Promoting Scotland Overseas (17 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: What recent steps he has taken with the Scottish Government to promote Scotland overseas.

Scotland: Promoting Scotland Overseas (17 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: Promoting Scotland and the UK abroad is not about flags and anthems; it is about finding common cause with allies and working on common problems. The EU’s North Seas Energy Cooperation forum is a world-leading gathering of 10 coastal states around the North sea, including Norway, which is not in the EU, and Luxembourg, which does not have a coastline, and they are all agreed on trying to...

Written Answers — Department for Energy Security and Net Zero: North Seas Energy Cooperation (16 Mai 2023)

Alyn Smith: To ask the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, whether it is his Department’s policy to seek closer collaboration with the North Seas Energy Cooperation beyond the terms of the NSEC-UK Memorandum of Understanding, published on 18 December 2022.


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