Ian Blackford was slapped down by the Prime Minister with Ms Truss taking aim at the Scottish Government’s record on investing in nuclear power and North Sea oil. The Prime Minister lashed out at the SNP’s Westminister leader after he questioned the Prime Minister’s competence in handling the rising cost of energy this winter.
Ms Truss told the SNP MP: “The action we have taken has meant that families in Scotland and across the United Kingdom are not facing gargantuan energy bills.
“What the honourable gentleman and his friends in Scotland could do to help us out is build the nuclear power stations.
“Help us get more gas out of the North Sea to help deliver a more secure energy future for all of our people.”
Mr Blackford had suggested that Liz Truss had “scapegoated” the Governor of the Bank of England in order to save Kwasi Kwarteng from the impact of the mini-budget.
He told MPs: “When the Prime Minister last stood at the despatch box, the average two-year fixed rate mortgage stood at 4.5%, they are now at 6.5% and rising, hitting average families with an extra £450 a month on mortgage payments every single month over and above what they were paying.
“37 days into the job, this is literally the cost of the Prime Minister’s incompetence. It is the price households are paying and all because of a Chancellor that she chose.
“Will she now give up her desperate plan to save her Chancellor’s skin by scapegoating the Governor of the Bank of England?”
The Prime Minister replied: “The action we have taken has meant that families in Scotland and across the United Kingdom are not facing gargantuan energy bills.”
Ms Truss called on the SNP to encourage the building of more nuclear power stations and more North Sea gas extraction, to “help deliver on a more secure energy future for all of our people”.
Liz Truss replied that the Government had “taken action on helping families heat their homes” and noted that interest rates were rising globally.
The Prime Minister added: “I want to do all I can to help families across Britain and the way we are going to help them is by delivering economic growth by making sure we have the jobs and opportunities in Scotland and right across the UK.”
Elsewhere in the Commons, Scottish Conservative Douglas Ross argued the First Minister had insulted “hundreds and thousands of Scottish Conservative voters” when she said she “detests” the Tories during a broadcast interview.
Scottish Secretary Alister Jack agreed with him, and said Mr Ross was “absolutely right to call it out”.