This Week #47

20th March 2017

13th – 19th March 2017

There were a number of meetings and briefings for Marion to attend at Westminster on Tuesday, as the Motherwell and Wishaw MP had a busy day of parliamentary business.

On Wednesday, Marion had her usual engagements at the Education Select Committee meeting and Prime Minister’s Questions, before a busy afternoon of parliamentary engagements.

On Thursday, Marion was in the Chamber to question the Attorney General, Jeremy Wright MP, on the great repeal bill:

What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union on the requirement for legislative consent motions for the proposed great repeal Bill.

Mr Wright responded:

I have regular discussions with ministerial colleagues, including with my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, on various issues of importance to the Government. The Government will publish the great repeal Bill in due course, and the content of the Bill will determine the process to take it forward.

However, the Motherwell and Wishaw MP was not satisfied and pressed further:

Last month, the Secretary of State for Scotland confirmed that a legislative consent motion would be required from the Scottish Parliament for the great repeal Bill, but in his answer just now the Attorney General stopped well short of that. If the UK Government’s position is the same as the Secretary of State for Scotland’s, will a legislative consent motion be required?

The Attorney General’s reply was:

The hon. Lady tempts me to explore what will be in the great repeal Bill. I am not going to do that, but she knows, and I am sure her colleagues know, that if the Bill affects the legislative competence of the Scottish Parliament or the executive competence of the Scottish Government, there will need to be a legislative consent motion.

Marion was also on hand to contribute to the Westminster Hall debate on the future of rail, improving passenger experience:

The Scottish Government have put more than £5 billion in an investment programme for the five-year period to 2019. We will open new stations and build new lines. We see that as a way to get a greener Scotland and to increase Scotland’s economic base.

Marion’s full contribution can be found here.


On Sunday, Marion took time out to attend the Lassies Lunch fundraiser for the Westfield Health British Transplant Games in North Lanarkshire 2017, even finding the time to indulge in a little Sloshing!