The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland supports the Secretary of State in promoting the best interests of Scotland within a stronger United Kingdom. It ensures Scottish interests are fully and effectively represented at the heart of the UK Government, and the UK Government’s responsibilities are fully and effectively represented in Scotland.
Oral Answers to Questions is a regularly scheduled appearance where the Secretary of State and junior minister will answer at the Dispatch Box questions from backbench MPsOther Commons Chamber appearances can be:
Westminster Hall debates are performed in response to backbench MPs or e-petitions asking for a Minister to address a detailed issue
Written Statements are made when a current event is not sufficiently significant to require an Oral Statement, but the House is required to be informed.
|May. 20||Oral Questions||Oral Answers to Questions|
|Jun. 04||Urgent Questions||Victims of the Troubles: Payment Scheme|
|Feb. 04||Written Statements||Contingencies Fund Advance|
|Nov. 13||Westminster Hall||Referendum on Scottish Independence|
|Mar. 17||Adjournment Debate||St Patrick’s Day|
Scotland Office has not tabled any Bills during the current Session.
6 May 2020
|Scotland Office||Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 (Information-sharing and Scottish Child Payment) (Consequential Provision and Modifications) Order 2020 Parliamentary Status - Legislation||Made negative procedure|
|In consequence of the range of information necessary for the proper administration of social security functions, this Order provides a mechanism for the sharing of information relevant to devolved Scottish social security functions between Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (“HMRC”) and the Scottish Ministers. It also amends social security legislation in Great Britain as a consequence of the making of regulations under section 79 of the Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018 (asp 9) to provide for a top-up payment (“the Scottish Child Payment”) to be made in respect of various reserved benefits.|
5 May 2020
1 Sep 2020
|Scotland Office||Scottish National Investment Bank Act 2020 (Consequential Provision) Order 2020 Parliamentary Status - Legislation||Made negative procedure|
|This Order makes provision consequential on the Scottish National Investment Bank Act 2020. The Order disapplies section 22(3)(a) of the Companies Act 2006 in relation to the Scottish National Investment Bank p.l.c. (“the Bank”), a company established in accordance with the Scottish National Investment Bank Act 2020.|
Select Committees are a formally established cross-party group of backbench MPs tasked with holding a Government department to account.
At any time there will be number of ongoing investigations into the work of the Department, or issues which fall within the oversight of the Department. Witnesses can be summoned from within the Government and outside to assist in these inquiries, and the Select Committee will occasionally publish formal reports of their findings.
|Jun. 22||Scottish Secretary Alistair Jack marks 2020 Armed Forces Week||News and Communications|
|Jun. 17||Scottish GDP figures||News and Communications|
|Jun. 16||Alister Jack responds to June 2020 Labour Market figures||News and Communications|
Written Questions are submitted by Members of Parliament and the House of Lords to receive information or updates from a Department.
Departments are required to respond in a timely fashion and provide a response or requested information. Written Questions can compel detailed and specific information to be produced, and are frequently used as the source of news stories about the work of a Department.
|2 Jul 2020, 2:54 p.m.||Coronavirus: Scotland||Wendy Chamberlain|
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many meetings of the Economic Operations Committee he has attended since the start of the covid-19 outbreak.
Answer (Mr Alister Jack)
The Economic and Business Ministerial Implementation Group was set up in March to consider the economic and business impact and response, including supply chain resilience. It was chaired by the Chancellor, with the Business Secretary as deputy chair, and attended by other Ministers and officials. Given the operationally sensitive nature of the information discussed, it is not appropriate to disclose the additional information requested.