Scotland Office

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.



Secretary of State

 Portrait

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland

Shadow Ministers / Spokeperson
Liberal Democrat
Wendy Chamberlain (LDEM - North East Fife)
Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Scotland)

Labour
Ian Murray (LAB - Edinburgh South)
Shadow Secretary of State for Scotland

Liberal Democrat
Lord Bruce of Bennachie (LDEM - Life peer)
Liberal Democrat Lords Spokesperson (Scotland)

Scottish National Party
Mhairi Black (SNP - Paisley and Renfrewshire South)
Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Scotland)
Junior Shadow Ministers / Deputy Spokesperson
Labour
Liz Twist (LAB - Blaydon)
Shadow Minister (Scotland)
Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State
Lord Offord of Garvel (CON - Life peer)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)
Lord Stewart of Dirleton (CON - Life peer)
Advocate General for Scotland
Iain Stewart (CON - Milton Keynes South)
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)
Scheduled Event
Monday 31st January 2022
14:00
Scottish Affairs Committee - Private Meeting - Select & Joint Committees
31 Jan 2022, 2 p.m.
Defence in Scotland
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Scheduled Event
Monday 31st January 2022
14:30
Scottish Affairs Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
31 Jan 2022, 2:30 p.m.
Defence in Scotland
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Scheduled Event
Tuesday 1st February 2022
14:30
Scottish Affairs Committee - Oral evidence - Select & Joint Committees
1 Feb 2022, 2:30 p.m.
Airports in Scotland
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Scheduled Event
Wednesday 2nd February 2022
11:30
Scotland Office
Oral questions - Main Chamber
2 Feb 2022, 11:30 a.m.
Scotland
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Scheduled Event
Tuesday 8th February 2022
15:45
Scotland Office
Orders and regulations - Grand Committee
8 Feb 2022, 3:45 p.m.
Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2022
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Debates
Tuesday 25th January 2022
Rape Trials
Lords Chamber
Select Committee Docs
Tuesday 1st March 2022
00:00
Call for Evidence
Call For Evidence
Select Committee Inquiry
Thursday 6th January 2022
Hydrogen and carbon capture in Scotland

The Committee will be inquiring into hydrogen and carbon capture in Scotland as a follow up to our renewable energy …

Written Answers
Wednesday 19th January 2022
INTERREG Programme: Scotland
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January 2022 to Question 100496, if …
Secondary Legislation
Thursday 25th November 2021
Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2021
This Order makes provision in consequence of the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 (asp …
Bills
Thursday 28th May 2015
Dept. Publications
Thursday 20th January 2022
17:07
Treaty
None available

Scotland Office Commons Appearances

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 MPs

Other Commons Chamber appearances can be:
  • Urgent Questions where the Speaker has selected a question to which a Minister must reply that day
  • Adjornment Debates a 30 minute debate attended by a Minister that concludes the day in Parliament.
  • Oral Statements informing the Commons of a significant development, where backbench MP's can then question the Minister making the statement.

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.


Bills currently before Parliament

Scotland Office does not have Bills currently before Parliament


Acts of Parliament created in the 2019 Parliament

Scotland Office has not passed any Acts during the 2019 Parliament

Scotland Office - Secondary Legislation

This Order makes provision in consequence of the Redress for Survivors (Historical Child Abuse in Care) (Scotland) Act 2021 (asp 15) (“the 2021 Act”).
This Order makes transitional provisions in consequence of the Environmental Authorisations (Scotland) Regulations 2018 (S.S.I. 2018/219) (“the 2018 Regulations”). The 2018 Regulations introduced a single integrated framework for environmental authorisations in Scotland in relation to radioactive substances, and partially repealed in Scotland the Radioactive Substances Act 1993 (c. 12) (“the 1993 Act”).
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Petitions

e-Petitions are administered by Parliament and allow members of the public to express support for a particular issue.

If an e-petition reaches 10,000 signatures the Government will issue a written response.

If an e-petition reaches 100,000 signatures the petition becomes eligible for a Parliamentary debate (usually Monday 4.30pm in Westminster Hall).

Trending Petitions
Petitions with most signatures
Scotland Office has not participated in any petition debates
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Departmental Select Committee

Scottish Affairs Committee

Commons 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.

Select Committee findings are reported to the Commons, printed, and published on the Parliament website. The government then usually has 60 days to reply to the committee's recommendations.


11 Members of the Scottish Affairs Committee
Pete Wishart Portrait
Pete Wishart (Scottish National Party - Perth and North Perthshire)
Scottish Affairs Committee Chair since 27th January 2020
Liz Twist Portrait
Liz Twist (Labour - Blaydon)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 4th May 2020
John Lamont Portrait
John Lamont (Conservative - Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 4th May 2020
Sally-Ann Hart Portrait
Sally-Ann Hart (Conservative - Hastings and Rye)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 4th May 2020
Jon Cruddas Portrait
Jon Cruddas (Labour - Dagenham and Rainham)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 4th May 2020
Alberto Costa Portrait
Alberto Costa (Conservative - South Leicestershire)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 4th May 2020
Wendy Chamberlain Portrait
Wendy Chamberlain (Liberal Democrat - North East Fife)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 4th May 2020
Deidre Brock Portrait
Deidre Brock (Scottish National Party - Edinburgh North and Leith)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 4th May 2020
Andrew Bowie Portrait
Andrew Bowie (Conservative - West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 4th May 2020
Mhairi Black Portrait
Mhairi Black (Scottish National Party - Paisley and Renfrewshire South)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 4th May 2020
Douglas Ross Portrait
Douglas Ross (Conservative - Moray)
Scottish Affairs Committee Member since 15th June 2020
Scottish Affairs Committee: Upcoming Events
Scottish Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
Defence in Scotland
31 Jan 2022, 2:30 p.m.
At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Professor Trevor Taylor - Director of the Defence, Industries and Society Programme at Royal United Services Institute
Professor Phillips O'Brien - Professor of Strategic Studies at University of St Andrews
At 4.00pm: Oral evidence
Maria Lyle - Director at Royal Air Force Families Federation
Lieutenant General (retd) Sir Andrew Gregory KBE CB DL - Chief Executive at SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity
Collette Musgrave - Chief Executive at Army Families Federation
Sarah Clewes - Chief Executive Officer at Naval Families Federation

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Scottish Affairs Committee - Private Meeting
Defence in Scotland
31 Jan 2022, 2 p.m.
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Scottish Affairs Committee - Oral evidence
Airports in Scotland
1 Feb 2022, 2:30 p.m.
At 3.00pm: Oral evidence
Robert Courts MP - Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department for Transport

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50 most recent Written Questions

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Written Questions can be tabled by MPs and Lords to request specific information information on the work, policy and activities of a Government Department

13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 10 January 2022 to Question 100496, if his Department will publish a list of all independent Managing Authorities responsible for making payments to organisations supported by Interreg in Scotland.

A table is provided which outlines each Managing Authority supporting ongoing Interreg projects in Scotland, organised according to the select Interreg programmes that the UK Government has oversight on.

Managing Authorities (MAs) are responsible for the day-to-day delivery of Interreg, or European Territorial Cohesion, programmes. MAs are normally local or regional authorities based in one of the countries participating in the programme. The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities has insight on the programmes listed in the first column.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
13th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the impact of the proposed reductions in the number of Seasonal Agricultural Worker visa routes from 2023 on the fruit and vegetable industry in Scotland.

The UK Government is extending this visa route until the end of 2024, to allow migrant workers to come to the UK for up to six months to pick both edible and ornamental crops. There will be 30,000 visas available until 2023 when it will begin to taper down, but this will be kept under review with the potential to increase by a further 10,000 if necessary.

We appreciate that growers in Scotland are reliant on workers from overseas, nevertheless the UK Government is committed to the UK becoming a high-skilled, high-wage economy and we are clear that more must be done to attract UK workers into jobs through offering training, career options, wage increases, and to invest in increased automation technology. The extension to the route strikes the right balance of supporting the horticulture sector while it transitions to employing more domestic workers.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
11th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether his Department has held (a) any financial or consultancy contracts and (b) meetings with representatives of (i) Clifford Chance LLP, (ii) FTI Consulting and (iii) Fenchurch Advisory Partners in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.

My Department has not held any financial or consultancy contracts or held meetings with representatives of (i) Clifford Chance LLP, (ii) FTI Consulting or (iii) Fenchurch Advisory Partners in any of the last five years.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
10th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will list the Scotland-based organisations currently in receipt of Interreg Funding from the European Regional Development Fund.

Interreg (or European Territorial Cooperation) programmes are not managed directly by the UK Government, but by independent Managing Authorities who are responsible for making payments to organisations acting as project partners. Each Managing Authority has a regulatory responsibility to publish details of the organisations in receipt of funding.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
6th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the floor area of his Department's estate was in each year from 2010-11 to 2020-21.

The floor area of the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland’s (OSSS) managed estate for the period requested is shown below.

Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland

Year

Holding Floor Area (sqm)

2020-21**

0

2019-20*

767

2018-19

2,613

2017-18

2,613

2016-17

2,613

2015-16

2,613

2014-15

2,653

2013-14

2,653

2012-13

2,653

2011-12

2,653

2010-11

2,653

*The lease of our London office was passed to the Government Property Agency.

**Our Edinburgh office moved to the UK Government Hub in Edinburgh.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
16th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to page 49 of Scotland’s Economic and Fiscal Forecasts, published by the Scottish Fiscal Commission in December 2021, what assessment his Department has made of the reason for the increase in PAYE employees between February 2020 and October 2021 being substantially lower in Scotland than other regions and nations of the UK.

The UK and Scottish economies have proven remarkably resilient during the pandemic, and whilst the pandemic is not over, it proves the UK Government’s Plan for Jobs is working, with latest labour market data showing unemployment is down and the numbers of people on the payroll across Scotland above pre-pandemic levels.

The specific performance of Scotland relative to the rest of the UK in the PAYE data is complex. North Eastern Scotland significantly underperforms on this indicator and this is likely to be as a result of its industrial mix and reliance on the oil and gas sector as the Commission suggests. The Commission’s analysis that the labour market impact of the recent upturn in oil prices is probably not reflected in this data release either is one with which the Scotland Office would agree. Moreover, the North East of Scotland’s PAYE data probably dampens Scottish PAYE activity relative to the UK average and, therefore, this is likely to overstate the level of difference between Scotland and the other regions and nations of the UK.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
5th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what communications he has received from the Scottish Parliament regarding changes to the Scotland Act 1988 relating to the constitutional role of the Lord Advocate.

I have not received any communications from the Scottish Parliament regarding changes to the role of the Lord Advocate.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
4th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on support for Gaelic broadcasting in Scotland in the forthcoming Broadcasting White Paper.

Ministers and officials from this Department are in regular contact with counterparts from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on a range of matters.

The UK Government has a strong record of demonstrating its commitment to minority language broadcasting to ensure that our broadcasting sector services all audiences of the UK nations and regions.

The UK Government has been undertaking a strategic review of public service broadcasting, which includes the important role of minority language broadcasting to audiences such as Gaelic speakers. The conclusions from that review will be set out in the Broadcasting White Paper.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
16th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what progress has been made on negotiations between the Government and the Scottish Government on the Fiscal Framework.

In October 2021, the UK Government reached agreement with the Scottish Government to jointly commission an independent report that will cover the Block Grant Adjustment arrangements. This independent report will inform a broader review of the Scottish Government’s Fiscal Framework later this year.

We are currently working with the Scottish Government to finalise the arrangements for commissioning the independent report.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
14th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on (a) worker shortages in Scotland and (b) the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme.

Ministers from this Department are in regular contact with counterparts from the Home Office on a range of matters affecting Scotland, including labour market issues.

The UK Government recently announced that the Seasonal Agricultural Worker visa route has been extended until the end of 2024, to allow migrant workers to come to the UK for up to six months to pick both edible and ornamental crops.

Further information is available online:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/industry-given-certainty-around-seasonal-workers-but-told-to-focus-on-domestic-workforce

Iain Stewart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)
13th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 18 November 2021 to Question 73993 on Seed Potatoes: Scotland, what new markets his Department has identified for Scottish seed potato exports which were not previously available.

My officials and I fully appreciate the importance of Scotland’s seed potato industry, not only for ware production across the UK but also for export, and its deserved reputation for high quality.

Currently, the Scottish potato sector exports to over 40 countries worldwide, with recent data suggesting that the majority (around 80%) of Scottish seed potato exports already go to countries outside the EU, including Egypt, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey, demonstrating that Scottish seed potato exporters already take advantage of world markets.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment his Department has made of the effect of the (a) Levelling Up Fund and (b) Shared Prosperity Fund on the devolution settlement for Scotland.

We have a responsibility to support economic growth UK-wide. This year the Levelling Up Fund has delivered over £170m to locally championed Scottish projects, with MPs Scotland-wide supporting these applications.

The £2.6bn UK Shared Prosperity Fund will launch next year building on this success to support communities in every corner of our UK.

Iain Stewart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps he is taking to increase the number of apprentices in his Department.

We have, and have had, a number of apprentices in the Department.

We remain committed to apprenticeships as part of a modern employment route into the Civil Service and across the wider economy.

This year we also had a number of diversity interns as part of a wider Civil Service scheme.

Iain Stewart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)
15th Dec 2021
What discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on the impact of energy price rises on Scottish businesses.

I regularly discuss issues of importance to Scotland with Cabinet colleagues, including the impact on businesses of recent global energy price rises.

Energy security is an absolute priority for this Government and we continue to actively monitor market activity and prices.

Iain Stewart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)
15th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of support provided by the Government to people in Scotland affected by Storm Arwen.

One of the main impacts of both Storm Arwen and Storm Barra was disruption to electricity networks.

The UK Government worked closely with local network operators to provide support, particularly to the most vulnerable.

Our fantastic British armed forces responded rapidly to a request from Aberdeenshire Council, and service personnel were deployed door-to-door, providing a lifeline to many.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
10th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether any social events took place between three or more people within his Departmental buildings between (a) 5 November 2020 and 1 December 2020 and (b) 16 December 2020 and 22 February 2021.

This information is not collected. At the time, staff were expected to work from home and undertake meetings remotely, wherever possible.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his Departments total overall spending was in 2020-21.

As reported in the annual report and accounts publication, the Scotland Office and Office of the Advocate General’s spending for 2020-21 was £12.8m.

This does not include the transfer of £43.371 billion of funding to the Scottish Consolidated Fund, the details of which can be found at:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/1002998/Office_of_the_Secretary_of_State_for_Scotland_and_Office_of_the_Advocate_General_for_Scotland_Annual_Report_and_Accounts_2020-2021.pdf

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many staff were employed by his department in 2020-21.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland is a small Ministerial Department, which does not employ staff directly. Those that join, do so on an assignment, loan or secondment from other government Departments, principally the Scottish Government and the Ministry of Justice who remain the employers.

Detailed staffing information is already published annually, within the Staff Report of the Scotland Office Annual Report and Accounts 2020/21 - Scotland Office Annual Report 20/21. Copies are also available from the Library of the House.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
9th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he has received recent communications from the Scottish Government on the role of the Lord Advocate.

I have not received any recent communications from the Scottish Government regarding the role of the Lord Advocate.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on advertising in 2020-21.

In 2020-21, the Office spent a total of £75,681 on advertising.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, (a) how much his Department spent on communications staff and (b) how many communications staff were employed by his Department in 2020-21.

The number of staff working at the Office to deliver the communications functions in 2020-21 was 13.

Expenditure on communications staffing was £906,177 in 2020-21.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
7th Dec 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on communications in 2020-21.

The number of staff working at the Office to deliver the communications functions in 2020-21 was 13.

Expenditure on communications staffing was £906,177 in 2020-21.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
25th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of locating his Department in York.

As part of Budget 2020, the Government committed to relocating 22,000 Civil Service roles from Greater London to locations across the UK, including York, with the Places for Growth Portfolio delivering on this commitment.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland, is a Territorial Office with specific responsibility for representing Scotland. The Office is based in London and Edinburgh. We have no plans to relocate to York.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many senior civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 regions of the UK on (a) 1 March 2019, (b) 1 March 2020, (c) 1 March 2021 and (d) 1 September 2021.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland is a small Ministerial Department which does not employ staff directly. Those that join, do so on an assignment, loan or secondment from other government Departments, principally the Scottish Government and the Ministry of Justice who remain the employers.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland and Office of the Advocate General provide combined headcount reporting through the Office of National Statistics and other Civil Services bodies. Such information is routinely published in National Statistics, Civil Service Statistics, the latest of which, are as at 31 March 2021.

However, due to the small number involved (less than 5) specific information on SCS headcount relating to the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland can only be provided as follows:

Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland

NUTS – Region Scotland/Eastern Scotland/City of Edinburgh

NUTS -Region England/Inner London West /Westminster

31 March 2019

Less than 5

5

31 March 2020

Less than 5

5

31 March 2021

Less than 5

5

30 September 2021

Less than 5

6

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps his Department takes to ensure that at least one official from his Department is present during all (a) meetings and (b) phone calls relating to Government business between Ministers and third parties.

Ministers holding meetings or phone calls on government business are routinely accompanied by a private secretary or other official, in line with the expectations of paragraph 8.14 of the Ministerial Code. Specific procedures are in place for external meetings involving ministers. These are publicly available and can be found in the Guidance on the management of Private Office Papers.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
23rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 23 November 2021 to Question 75126 on UN Climate Conference 2021: Government, how many Ministers in his Department travelled to COP26 by airplane.

No Ministers from the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland travelled to COP26 by airplane.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many civil servants employed by his Department were based in each of the 12 NUTS1 UK regions on (a) 1 March 2021, (b) 1 June 2021 and (c) 1 September 2021.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland is a small Ministerial Department, which does not employ staff directly. Those that join do so on an assignment, loan or secondment from other government Departments, principally the Scottish Government and the Ministry of Justice who remain the employers.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland and Office of the Advocate General provide combined headcount reporting through the Office of National Statistics and other Civil Services bodies. Such information is routinely published in National Statistics, Civil Service Statistics, the latest of which are as at 31 March 2021.

However, specific staffing information relating to the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland is as follows:

Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland

NUTS – Region Scotland/Eastern Scotland/City of Edinburgh

NUTS -Region England/Inner London West /Westminster

30 March 2021

45

38

30 June 2021

45

35

30 September 2021

42

39

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
19th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide details of his Department’s process for recording and retaining minutes from meetings in respect of Government business.

Formal, structured meetings are usually minuted, however, not all meetings need to be minuted. It is expected that the general guidance that departments give to their staff will help officials make judgements as to what meetings need to be minuted, noting their Civil Service Code obligation to ‘keep accurate official records.’

Specific procedures are in place for external meetings involving ministers. These are publicly available and can be found in the Guidance on the management of Private Office Papers.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what additional steps are being taken to protect inmates at HMP Edinburgh with underlying health conditions from covid-19.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland does not hold the relevant information that is being requested. Both public health and prison management are policy matters devolved to the Scottish Government who will be able to provide the information requested.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how often inmates at HMP Edinburgh are tested for covid-19.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland does not hold the relevant information that is being requested. Both public health and prison management are policy matters devolved to the Scottish Government who will be able to provide the information requested.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what covid-19 testing requirements are in place for inmates at HMP Edinburgh as of 12 November 2021.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland does not hold the relevant information that is being requested. Both public health and prison management are policy matters devolved to the Scottish Government who will be able to provide the information requested.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many cases of covid-19 have been identified at HMP Edinburgh since 1 November 2021.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland does not hold the relevant information that is being requested. Both public health and prison management are policy matters devolved to the Scottish Government who will be able to provide the information requested.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many cases of covid-19 were identified at HMP Edinburgh during October 2021.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland does not hold the relevant information that is being requested. Both public health and prison management are policy matters devolved to the Scottish Government who will be able to provide the information requested.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps (a) his Department and (b) HM Prison Service is taking to prevent outbreaks of covid-19 at HMP Edinburgh.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland does not hold the relevant information that is being requested. Both public health and prison management are policy matters devolved to the Scottish Government who will be able to provide the information requested.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many cases of covid-19 have been identified at HMP Edinburgh as of 12 November 2021.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland does not hold the relevant information that is being requested. Both public health and prison management are policy matters devolved to the Scottish Government who will be able to provide the information requested.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with representatives of the Scottish seed potato sector.

My officials and I are in regular contact with a range of stakeholders from the agricultural sector, including representatives of the Scottish seed potato sector.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the impact of leaving the EU on the Scottish seed potato sector; and if he will make a statement.

The UK Government is continuously monitoring the agriculture sector and is in regular contact with EU counterparts to help mitigate trade issues, including in relation to seed potatoes.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of (a) the Northern Ireland Executive and (b) the Government of Ireland on Scottish seed potato exports.

My officials and I are in regular contact with the Northern Ireland Executive on a range of issues including those affecting the agri-food sector, most recently at an Inter-Ministerial Government EFRA meeting.

The UK Government is in regular contact with the Government of Ireland on similar issues.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
12th Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment his Department has made of the contribution to the economy of the Scottish seed potato sector.

My officials and I are in regular contact with counterparts from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Scottish Government on a range of issues of importance to the seed potato sector in Scotland, including assessment of the contribution the sector makes to the economy.

The Scottish potato sector’s output contributes over £208 million to the economy. They are exported to over 40 countries worldwide.

The Scottish horticulture and potato sector accounts for a sixth, nearly 17% of Scottish agricultural output by value, despite using less than 1% of Scottish farmland. Scottish agriculture employs over 67,000 people and generates a gross output of £3.3 billion annually, directly resulting in a contribution of some £1.3 billion to the Scottish economy.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent representations he has received from the Scottish Government on making changes to the Scotland Act 1998 on the role of the Lord Advocate.

I have not received any representations from the Scottish Government to amend the Scotland Act 1998 in this way.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
3rd Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the number of ivory items in the possession of his Department.

We have not made any estimates of the number of ivory items owned by or collated in this Department or institutions owned or managed by the Government.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
1st Nov 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the Written Statement on Contingencies Fund Advance, 29 October 2021, HCWS359, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the £12 billion advance from the Contingencies Fund; and for what reason the advance is required.

As set out in the Written Ministerial Statement on 29 October, the £12 billion contingencies fund advance will meet the Scottish Government’s cash requirement in advance of parliamentary approval at Supplementary Estimates 2021-22, at which point this advance will be repaid. The Scottish Government is operating within its budgets, so this does not represent additional expenditure, but ensures they have the cash they need on top of what was included at Main Estimates.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
3rd Nov 2021
What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Government's representation of (a) Scotland and (b) Scottish interests internationally.

The FCDO provides a range of services to all parts of the UK, such as promoting trade and investment, delivering security and providing consular services. UK policy in this area was set out earlier this year in the Integrated Review. My Department is committed to representing Scottish interests on the world stage as demonstrated by my ministerial colleague, Lord Offord, on his recent visit to Mumbai.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
3rd Nov 2021
What assessment he has made of the potential benefits of the Levelling Up Fund for Scotland.

The chancellor has announced £171,708,259 of UKG investment directly in Scotland under round 1 of the Levelling Up Fund.

From the Inverness Zero Carbon Cultural Regeneration to improvement to the B714 in Ayrshire, these are projects championed by local areas which will make a real difference to communities.

Iain Stewart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)
3rd Nov 2021
What assessment he has made of the effect of the 2021 Budget and Spending Review on people and local communities in Scotland.

The Scottish Government will receive the biggest funding settlement since devolution began in 1998. An extra £4.6 billion a year in Barnett Consequentials on top of the block grant means a record £41 billion a year for the Scottish Government. So, there can be no excuses for underfunded public services in Scotland.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues in (a) the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and (b) HM Treasury on ring-fenced support for Scottish renewable tidal energy in the Contracts for Difference Allocation Round 4 (AR4) process; and will he make a statement.

I regularly discuss issues of importance to Scotland with Cabinet colleagues, including the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and HM Treasury. There is significant potential for Scotland to benefit from the development of tidal stream energy and I recently wrote, in my capacity as a champion of the Scottish renewables sector, urging my Cabinet colleagues in both BEIS and HM Treasury to look closely at a separate allocation to support tidal stream development in the Contracts for Difference Allocation Round 4.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what funding his Department has allocated to Stonewall in each of the last five years; and for what projects.

The Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland has been a member of the Stonewall Diversity Champion Programme since 1 April 2019. The Office pays an annual membership fee of £3,000 per annum.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
22nd Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many of his Department's ministers have been exempted from quarantine in a hotel after returning to the UK from a covid-19 red list country to which they have travelled for the purposes of conducting official business.

No Minister from the Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland has travelled to a country while the country was on the covid-19 red list for the purpose of conducting official business.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
18th Oct 2021
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate he has made of the total value of goods and services traded with Scotland by the rest of the UK; and what proportion that represents of the rest of the UK's exports to all countries including Scotland.

The latest Scottish Quarterly National Accounts estimate that Scottish imports in 2019 from the rest of the UK had a value of over £66 billion, this compares to over £34 billion of imports from the rest of the world.

The Scottish Quarterly National Accounts do not provide estimates on UK international exports. However, the latest UK National accounts estimates total UK international exports for 2019 with a value of £699.3 billion, as published by the ONS. It is important to note that there are methodological differences and the numbers are not comparable for the avoidance of any confusion; the ONS figures for exports do not include sales to Scotland.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland