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

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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
Tuesday 5th July 2022
10:00
Scottish Affairs Committee - Private Meeting - Select & Joint Committees
5 Jul 2022, 10 a.m.
Access to cash in Scotland
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Scheduled Event
Wednesday 14th September 2022
11:30
Scotland Office
Oral questions - Main Chamber
14 Sep 2022, 11:30 a.m.
Scotland
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Debates
Thursday 16th June 2022
Select Committee Docs
Monday 4th July 2022
18:36
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 29th June 2022
Genetic Engineering: Scotland
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential …
Secondary Legislation
Wednesday 13th September 2017
Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2018
The Order makes provision in consequence of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (“the 2016 Act”).
Bills
Thursday 28th May 2015
Dept. Publications
Tuesday 28th June 2022
15:58
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.

Most Recent Commons Appearances by Category
May. 18
Oral Questions
Jun. 19
Urgent Questions
Jun. 07
Westminster Hall
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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

The Order makes provision in consequence of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2016 (“the 2016 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).

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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 - Private Meeting
Access to cash in Scotland
5 Jul 2022, 10 a.m.
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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

21st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential merits of allowing gene editing in Scotland.

It is the UK Government's ambition for the whole of the UK to benefit from the cutting edge technology that the development of gene edited plants offers.

Agriculture and the legislation of gene edited plants is a devolved matter and the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill currently extends to England only. However, we are keen that all parts of the UK have the ability to unlock the potential of these technologies and are having ongoing discussions on the proposed policy changes with the Devolved Administrations. We have also invited them to join us in bringing forward this legislation and this invitation remains open as the Bill continues its passage through Parliament.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
29th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make an assessment of the effect on Scotland of the state of democracy in the UK.

The United Kingdom is a family of nations that embodies parliamentary democracy.

The Scottish Parliament is one of the most powerful devolved parliaments in the world and the UK Government will continue to respect and uphold the current devolution settlement.

Iain Stewart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)
29th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will make an assessment of the effect on Scotland of the state of democracy in the UK.

The United Kingdom is a family of nations that embodies parliamentary democracy.

The Scottish Parliament is one of the most powerful devolved parliaments in the world and the UK Government will continue to respect and uphold the current devolution settlement.

Iain Stewart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)
29th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will have discussions with the (a) Chancellor of the Exchequer and (b) Scottish Government on the impact of the outbreak of covid-19 on fiscal deficits in (i) the UK and (ii) Scotland.

The UK Government supported businesses and households throughout the global pandemic and the British Business Bank loan scheme alone saved up to 500,000 businesses and 2.9 million jobs UK-wide alone.

We have taken action last year and returned the public finances to a sustainable path, and the Government is on track to meet its fiscal rules.

Iain Stewart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)
29th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent steps his Department has taken to help support the Scottish economy.

The Scotland Office works closely with colleagues across the UK Government.

This included the Covid support which has seen us exit the pandemic with record low unemployment and the fiscal firepower to address the cost of living challenge.

We are now focused on economic growth, high-quality job creation and the transition to net zero.

Iain Stewart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)
22nd Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on external consultants in each of the last five years.

My Department has not incurred any expenditure on external consultants in any of the last five years.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
13th Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on its allocation of £20 million towards a potential independence referendum in 2023.

The UK Government is clear that now is not the time to talk about another referendum. Instead, our engagement with the Scottish Government needs to be focused on the collective challenges we face - that means, for example, tackling the cost of living, supporting the resettlement of Ukrainian refugees and growing our economy.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
1st Jun 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent in total on external recruitment consultants in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021; how many full time equivalent posts were filled as a result of that expenditure; and how many of those posts were filled by people recruited from outside the civil service.

The Scotland Office is a small Ministerial Department which does not employ any 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.

Over the period in question, the Scotland Office did not incur any expenditure on recruitment consultants and as such the remaining questions are not applicable.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
19th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to improve the mental wellbeing of veterans.

The UK Government remains fully committed to improving the mental wellbeing of veterans, which is a key part of our Veterans’ Strategy. My Department works closely with the wider UK Government, the Scottish Government, the Scottish Veterans Commissioner and the Office of Veterans’ Affairs on this matter.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, pursuant to the Answer of 8 March 2022 to Question 132400, on civil service staff networks, what information he holds on (a) FTE staff time and (b) budgets available to recognised staff groups within his Department in each of the last three years.

The Scotland Office has a People Group, which supports the delivery of the Departmental People Strategy and the Civil Service People Survey.

(a) Information on FTE staff time is not collected;

(b) The People Group is not allocated a budget.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
16th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the Answer of 8 March 2022 to Question 132400 on civil service staff networks, what recognised staff groups have been running in his Department over the last three years.

The Scotland Office has a People Group, which supports the delivery of the Departmental People Strategy and the Civil Service People Survey.

(a) Information on FTE staff time is not collected;

(b) The People Group is not allocated a budget.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the progress on proposals for the Eastern high voltage subsea cable from Scotland to England.

I fully support the development of the Eastern High Voltage Direct Current Link.

The UK Government maintains engagement with SSEN Transmission, Scottish Power Transmission and National Grid Electricity Transmission - as well as Ofgem - on this important project.

Iain Stewart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on providing additional support to Scottish businesses.

We have regular discussions with the Scottish Government. The Chancellor boosted small business growth by increasing the Employment Allowance with small business owners saving over £250 from the changes to National Insurance thresholds. We call on the Scottish Government to focus on support for business through an agenda for growth as set out by this government in the Queen’s Speech.

Iain Stewart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with (a) Cabinet colleagues and (b) the Scottish Government on the potential impact of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund on regional inequality in Scotland.

The Scotland Office is in regular contact with colleagues across UK Government and Scottish Government on the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK’s ambitious Levelling Up mission. It puts £212 million of new funding for local investment directly into the hands of local partners, who have far greater flexibility to invest in priority areas and to target funds where needed.

Allocations for each Local Authority in Scotland were made using a needs-based assessment, including a specifically tailored proportion for rural areas in Scotland.

Local leaders are empowered to design their own investment plans in line with the levelling up missions. We are determined to boost productivity, pay, jobs and living standards across the whole of the UK.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
11th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent assessment his Department has made of the impact of the UK National Shipbuilding Strategy on Scotland’s shipbuilding sector.

The National Shipbuilding Strategy encourages exports, the uptake of green technology, and support to increase shipyard’s productivity and competitiveness. The National Shipbuilding Office (NSO), which is closely engaged with the shipbuilding enterprise in Scotland, has a clear focus on maximising UK content wherever possible. I was also pleased to see that the NSO plans to open an office at Queen Elizabeth House, the UKG hub in Edinburgh to ensure there is a direct link to the shipbuilding enterprise in Scotland.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the potential economic impact of the two proposed new freeports in Scotland.

Colleagues across Cabinet are delighted that the UK and Scottish Governments have made a landmark agreement to establish two new Freeports in Scotland.

With up to £52 million of UK government funding, freeports will support regeneration of communities across Scotland by creating higher quality, better-paid jobs whilst helping achieve our Net Zero agenda.

This builds on the UK Government's plan to level up the whole of the UK.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on tackling Islamophobia in Scotland.

Tackling Islamophobia is a matter of devolved competence in Scotland


The UK Government is committed to eradicating anti-Muslim hatred and all forms of religious prejudice, and I know that the Scottish Government shares that commitment.

Rachel Maclean
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)
10th May 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he has received representations on the potential merits of varying the role of the Lord Advocate and the consequent necessary changes to the Scotland Act since the Scottish Parliamentary elections in 2021.

I have not received any representations from the Scottish Government, Parliamentary or legal bodies, or other bodies on this matter since the Scottish Parliamentary elections in 2021. I note that the hon Gentleman has asked a number of Parliamentary questions on this matter.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
25th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps his Department is taking to contribute to efforts to reduce carbon emissions.

The Scotland Office is committed to reducing emissions and energy consumption to reduce costs. Greenhouse gas emissions are published annually in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Reports.

The Government's recently published British Energy Security Strategy will protect the UK from price spikes in the future by accelerating our move towards cleaner, cheaper, home-grown energy.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
22nd Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of rail links between Scotland and Southport.

I have regular discussions with the Secretary of State for Transport on a number of different issues, including the quality of transport links throughout the United Kingdom. The recently concluded Union Connectivity Review (UCR) assessed transport connectivity between the four nations of the UK, and the Government response to the UCR will be published later this year.

I recently met with my hon Friend to discuss how reopening the Burscough Curves could increase connectivity between Southport and Scotland, and I am committed to working with him and the Secretary of State for Transport on this proposal.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
19th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many communications staff are employed by his Department (a) full time, (b) part time and (c) on flexible working arrangements as of 19 April 2022.

The Department does not employ staff directly. All the department's staff are employed by the Scottish Government, Ministry of Justice, or other UK Government departments.

The number of staff working at the department as of 19 April 2022 to deliver the communications functions was 12. Categories with numbers less than 5 cannot be provided, as this would make individuals potentially identifiable.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
20th Apr 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on communications staff in (a) 2019-20, (b) 2020-21 and (c) 2021-22.

Departmental spend on communications staff for 2019-20 was £870,159, for 2020-21 it was £906,177, and for 2021-22 it was £944,645.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
22nd Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps his Department is taking to support workers at the Dawnfresh site in Uddingston who are waiting to receive support from the Redundancy Payment Scheme.

My office engages regularly with other Government Departments at official and Ministerial level.

Jobcentre Plus, working with Skills Development Scotland’s ‘Partnership Action for Continuing Employment’, has deployed their Rapid Response Service to the Dawnfresh site at Uddingston. This is to give access to Jobcentre Plus’ services to those affected, ensuring full support, by both of Scotland’s Governments, is available to all those affected.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
15th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the impact of increased homeworking during the covid-19 outbreak on his Department’s carbon footprint.

The Government monitors and reports on its greenhouse gas emissions - information on this is published in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Report.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
17th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what progress has been made in the building of new business units in Coldstream as part of the Borderlands Growth Deal.

We are continuing to work at pace with the Borderlands partners to agree project business cases. Business Infrastructure falls within the Scottish Government investment in Borderlands. However, I can advise that progress is being made between SG and partners and it is anticipated that the Coldstream business infrastructure project could draw down Deal funding in 2022/23.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
16th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if his Department will take steps to encourage higher education institutions in Scotland adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism.

There is no place in our society, including within higher education (HE), for antisemitism. The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) definition is an important tool in tackling antisemitism. Adopting the widely recognised definition sends a strong signal that HE providers take these issues seriously.

HE in Scotland is devolved and responsibility for policy, for the most part, rests with the Scottish Government. The decision on adoption of the definition rests with individual providers. However, the UK Government has urged HE providers in England to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition of antisemitism and ensure the HE is a genuinely fulfilling and welcoming experience. I am sure that many HE providers in Scotland will also choose to adopt the definition and I would support them in doing that.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
14th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps his Department is taking to measure its carbon footprint.

Greenhouse gas emissions are published annually in the Greening Government Commitments Annual Reports.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
11th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether his Department has published a plan setting out the steps it plans to take to transition to net zero emissions.

The Scotland Office is committed to reducing emissions and energy consumption wherever possible, as part of the UK’s transition to net zero. The Government’s current targets to make progress on reducing emissions have been published, as part of the Greening Government Commitments.

The Government published the Net Zero Strategy in October 2021, which sets out policies and proposals for decarbonising all sectors of the UK economy to meet our net zero target by 2050.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
11th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether his Department has implemented a training programme to provide civil servants with skills to support its transition to net zero.

The new Government Curriculum will include modules on the implications of Net Zero, climate change and wider environmental issues for government. In the first phase, the Government Skills & Curriculum Unit (GSCU) is working with other Departments (including BEIS, DEFRA and FCDO) to create an awareness level training resource for all civil servants. This will be piloted from April 2022. In the next phases, GSCU will look at tailored provision for specific Functions and Professions, and will signpost the training and other resources on Net Zero, which are already being provided internally at practitioner and expert levels by government Departments.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
10th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether a senior official in his Department has responsibility for departmental sustainability.

The Government is committed to making its estate and operations more sustainable and resilient through the Greening Government Commitments. We report on these commitments every quarter. In the Scotland Office, this is led by senior officials.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
8th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps the Government is taking to help ensure that organisations in Scotland are able to participate in its programmes to expand tree planting.

Forestry is a devolved area of responsibility. However, the UK Government continually engages with the Scottish Government to realise our high ambitions for increasing planting across the UK. We are confident that we are on track to meet the UK-wide target of planting 30,000ha per year by the end of this Parliament.

All of the administrations play a part in delivering the programme and to share best practice and work together on cross-border projects. In fact, Scottish Forestry is leading the review of the UK Forestry Standard, which sets out the UK’s approach to sustainable forest management, and the report is due for publication in late 2022.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
9th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the progress of the Places for Growth programme.

The Scotland Office has frequent conversations with our Cabinet colleagues, and I am pleased with the progress made so far relating to the Places for Growth agenda with 1,524 Civil Service roles committed for relocation to Scotland, including senior and policy roles and an increased Ministerial presence in our Scotland hubs.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
7th Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on support for sustainable fishing and fisheries science in Scotland.

My office engages regularly with other Government Departments at official and Ministerial level.

Through the Scottish Seafood Industry Action Group, Ministers discuss a wide range of issues that are of interest to the fishing industry, with the Industry itself.

Sustainable fishing underpins our approach to managing our fish stocks, the advice we get from the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) has guided our decisions on Total Allowable Catch during the recent fisheries negotiations.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
1st Mar 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, if he will provide a list of (a) professional staff networks and (b) social clubs operating within his Department; and if he will provide the (i) budgets and (ii) FTE staff time allocated to each group within each of the last three years.

The Scotland Office does not operate any professional staff networks or social clubs.

The Scotland Office does not employ any 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. Scotland Office colleagues have access to the staff networks and social clubs of their employing departments.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
22nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the process for the Scottish Government to exercise their power to top up reserved benefits; and whether he has had discussions with the Scottish Government on the potential merits of expediting that process.

The Scottish Government is accountable for exercising its power to top up reserved benefits. Section 24 of the Scotland Act 2016 enables the Scottish Government to introduce discretionary top‐up payments to people in Scotland who are entitled to a reserved benefit.

The Scotland Office, DWP and the Scottish Government have dedicated work programmes to implement the relevant changes following the devolution of welfare powers introduced by the Scotland Act 2016. As my ministerial colleague the Minister for Pensions has previously set out, we work closely together and officials hold regular discussions. In addition, discussions are held at ministerial level through the regular Joint Ministerial Working Group on Welfare and bilateral meetings between the relevant Scotland Office, DWP and Scottish Government ministers take place as required.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether the UK Government's Warm Homes Discount will continue to apply in full to individuals and organisations in Scotland after 31 March 2022.

The Government has committed to extending the Warm Home Discount to at least 2025-2026 and expanding the scheme spending envelope from the current £350 million to £475 million (in 2020 prices) per year. This will enable us to provide around 3 million rebates each winter across Great Britain, which is an increase of a third compared to the current scheme.

We have consulted on apportioning a fair amount of the overall £475 million annual funding to Scotland for a Warm Home Discount scheme in Scotland from the 2022-2023 scheme year. We are agreeing a position with the Scottish Government on the future scheme and any scheme in Scotland would be consulted on.

Should the UK Government implement a scheme for Scotland, our intention would be to have consulted and have Regulations in place in advance of the summer Parliamentary recess.

The current scheme is continuing to operate across Great Britain for the year 2021-2022.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
21st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what critical infrastructure his Department is responsible for that is reliant on private wire networks for power supply.

My Department is not responsible for any critical infrastructure that is reliant on private wire networks for power supply.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
8th Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many meetings he had with his Department's Chief Scientific Adviser from (a) 1 March to 31 May 2021, (b) 1 June to 31 August 2021 and (c) 1 September to 30 November 2021.

The Scotland Office does not have its own departmental Chief Scientific Adviser. Ministers of the Department regularly meet with a wide range of officials across Whitehall on a variety of issues.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
1st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to Part One of the National Disability Strategy, published July 2021, what recent steps his Department has taken to (a) encourage and support workplace disability networks, (b) achieve and maintain the highest level of Disability Confident accreditation, (c) ensure responsive and timely support to meet workplace adjustment needs and (d) develop and embed flexible working.

The Scotland Office does not employ staff directly. All staff that join do so on an assignment, loan or secondment from other government bodies; principally the Scottish Government and the Ministry of Justice, who remain the employers. However, I am very supportive of the National Disability Strategy and can confirm that:

(a) all Scotland Office colleagues have access to and can fully participate in their Departmental disability networks;

(b) both of our recruiting Departments (Scottish Government and the Ministry of Justice) are Public Sector Leaders in the Disability Confident scheme;

(c) we are fully committed to identifying and removing any barriers that colleagues face including meeting workplace adjustment needs;

(d) in addition to the standard flexible working offer provided by our recruiting Departments, the government is also committed to adopting smarter working, enabling people to work in a variety of locations to best deliver business needs.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
1st Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps his Department is taking to help ensure that Scotland receives an equitable share of funding allocated through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund following the UK's departure from the EU.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund provides £2.6 billion of new funding for local investment by March 2025, with all areas of the UK receiving an allocation from the Fund via a funding formula, rather than a competition.

This fund will target communities, people and skills, and local businesses - maintaining commitments to match EU funds in Scotland.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
2nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, with reference to the damage caused by Storm Malik and Corrie, what steps his Department has taken to help ensure that Scotland is better equipped for serious storms in the future.

At the request of the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, the Energy Emergencies Committee is undertaking a review of the responses to Storm Arwen, and so is Ofgem; these reviews will inform the electricity industry’s response to future storms across Great Britain, including storms like Storms Malik and Corrie. In Scotland, most of the impacts of such storms are devolved matters for the Scottish Government and other devolved bodies. Scottish Government resilience officials are in regular contact with their counterparts in UK Government departments for the exchange of best practice.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
31st Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his Department's average response time was to an enquiry from a hon. Member to the MP (a) hotline and (b) account management team in (a) 2019, (b) 2020 and (c) 2021.

The Government attaches great importance to the effective and timely handling of correspondence from MPs, either directly or on behalf of their constituents.

The Scotland Office does not have an MP hotline. The Scotland Office does not have an account management team, and the Scotland Office correspondence team does not hold information on the average response time to enquiries from MPs, as correspondence performance is monitored by the percentage of correspondence responded to within the target response time set by the Department.

Data on the timeliness of responses to correspondence from MPs and Peers for 2019 and 2020 is published on Gov.uk:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/data-on-responses-to-correspondence-from-mps-and-peers.

The Cabinet Office will publish data for 2021 in due course.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
26th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the 2022 fishing catch limits agreed with the EU and Norway.

The UK Government engages extensively with the Scottish Government on all fisheries matters, including recent negotiations with the EU and Norway to establish catch limits for shared stocks for 2022.

My Department has held regular meetings with Defra to ensure Scotland's interests were fully represented. The deal between the EU-UK-Norway has given the UK increased catch levels on Whiting, Herring and Haddock, and the deal between the UK and Norway achieved a great outcome for the Scottish fleet, gaining greater access to Norwegian waters.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
2nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what recent discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on the export potential of Scotland's renewable sector.

I regularly discuss issues of importance to Scotland with Ministerial colleagues including Scotland’s renewable energy sector exports.

Scotland is well positioned to become a centre of global excellence in energy and climate technology and the Government is committed to supporting Scotland’s clean energy exports.

Iain Stewart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)
2nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps his Department is taking to promote the Union and level up regional interconnectivity.

We have invited the Scottish Government to work in partnership to support the delivery of UK-wide transport infrastructure.

This is one aspect of how the government is levelling up regional interconnectivity, by improving travel in and between local communities so people can move more easily around the country and access jobs and opportunities.

Iain Stewart
Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Scotland Office)
2nd Feb 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with Cabinet colleagues on ongoing support provided by the armed forces in Scotland in response to the covid-19 outbreak.

I am in regular contact with Ministers in the Ministry of Defence about the support provided by our armed forces in Scotland in response to Covid-19.

Currently, service personnel are providing acute care to a number of hospitals in Scotland, driving ambulances and providing other services to the Scottish Ambulance Service, and they are administering vaccinations across Scotland.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
25th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he plans to provide support to the Scottish energy sector to secure investment in the Government’s Net Zero industrial cluster funding programme, including the Acorn Project; and what assessment he has made of the potential merits of adding the Acorn Project as a third cluster to the Track 1 2025 programme.

Following a robust, specialist-led assessment, the UK Government has identified the Acorn project as the reserve cluster for Track-1 as part of the Carbon Capture Usage and Storage Cluster Sequencing process. Since this was announced, the Government has engaged extensively with Acorn to allow them to continue their development and planning, with the support of over £40m in UK Government funding. As previously stated, there will be further opportunities for Acorn to deploy, including through a future allocation process for ‘Track-2’ clusters.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many and what proportion of the (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation sponsored by (i) their Department or (ii) their predecessor Department has undergone a post legislative review in each of the last 10 years.

This information is only held for internal administrative reasons and may not be exhaustive, for example, due to machinery of government changes to departmental structure in the past decade.

In 2018, the Scotland Office completed post legislative scrutiny of the Scotland Act 2012. A link to the review can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/703084/Post_Legislative_Scrutiny_SA_2012_PDF.pdf

The Scotland Office has not completed any post legislative scrutiny of secondary legislation.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland
24th Jan 2022
To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many post legislative reviews (a) their Department or (b) their predecessor Department has undertaken on (i) primary and (ii) secondary legislation in each of the last five years.

This information is only held for internal administrative reasons and may not be exhaustive, for example, due to machinery of government changes to departmental structure in the past decade.

In 2018, the Scotland Office completed post legislative scrutiny of the Scotland Act 2012. A link to the review can be found here:

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/703084/Post_Legislative_Scrutiny_SA_2012_PDF.pdf

The Scotland Office has not completed any post legislative scrutiny of secondary legislation.

Alister Jack
Secretary of State for Scotland