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Results 1–20 of 600 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Sandra Osborne

Equal Pay — [Mr Mike Weir in the Chair] (18 Mar 2015)

Sandra Osborne: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this important debate. When the Equality Act 2006 was passed, it was believed that voluntary pay audits would help to solve the problem. They have not, but she is illustrating how they are not the answer in any case. Does she agree that we need to take a whole new look at the law on equal pay?

Opposition Day: [Un-allotted Half Day] — Future Government Spending (4 Mar 2015)

Sandra Osborne: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Opposition Day: [Un-allotted Half Day] — Future Government Spending (4 Mar 2015)

Sandra Osborne: Will my hon. Friend give way?

Opposition Day: [Un-allotted Half Day] — Future Government Spending (4 Mar 2015)

Sandra Osborne: My hon. Friend will be aware of the thousands of people using food banks in our constituencies up and down the country—and many of the people using them are in work.

Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day]: Members’ Paid Directorships and Consultancies (25 Feb 2015)

Sandra Osborne: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Oral Answers to Questions — Scotland: Energy Supply (25 Feb 2015)

Sandra Osborne: I have raised many times the devastation caused by abandoned coal mines in my constituency. The Secretary of State will be aware of the proposal for an exemption from carbon price support, which would greatly help their restoration and create 1,000 jobs. Can we expect good news on this in the Budget, and does he agree that the Scottish Government should step up to the plate with some of their...

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill: Constitutional Law (2 Feb 2015)

Sandra Osborne: I very much welcome the motion. Does the Secretary of State think it strange that we are saying that it is all right for 16-year-olds to vote in the referendum, but not in the general election? Surely if they are old enough to vote in one election, they are old enough to vote in every election.

Business of the House: Open-cast Coal Sites (Restoration) (29 Jan 2015)

Sandra Osborne: I will try my best to cut down my speech to five minutes. To be fair, I did secure a Westminster Hall debate on this subject on 6 January, so the Minister has heard it all before, but he will have to hear it again. The situation in Scotland is far worse than in the rest of the UK, and the situation in my constituency of East Ayrshire is far worse than anywhere else in Scotland. I do not need...

Business of the House: Open-cast Coal Sites (Restoration) (29 Jan 2015)

Sandra Osborne: My hon. Friend obviously has some knowledge of what happened in the Scottish situation. She will be aware that we have asked for some of the coal levy to be returned for restoration, but the Government have refused to do that. Does she agree that that is unreasonable?

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Sandra Osborne: I am not sure whether the Minister has quite understood me. I was never under any illusion that the report would be published before the general election. My point was that we are now in the run-up to the general election. Does he not think that it is reasonable that Members of this House question the delay and ask for an indication of when we will get the report?

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Sandra Osborne: I shall be brief, not least because I am anxious to take part in the next debate, which is very important to my constituency. I concur with the final comments of the hon. Member for Westmorland and Lonsdale (Tim Farron) about the sacrifices that were made and where the whole debacle leaves us in relation to legitimate intervention and our general foreign policy approach. We are here to talk...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Sandra Osborne: I agree, and that has happened time and again, leading to public cynicism. I hope that, after the publication of the report, the Public Administration Committee will look at that issue again. It is not good enough, 90 days before a general election to call this debate. Welcome though it is, it should all have been done long ago. Publication of the report was never going to happen before the...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Sandra Osborne: As the hon. Gentleman knows, the policy at the time was to wait until the forces had withdrawn from Iraq, and that is why I voted against. As I say, I am not holding my breath for Sir John Chilcot to throw much light on the situation next week. He has already made it clear that he will not be pressurised by Parliament into anything. It is worth having the session, but I am not confident that...

Business of the House: Backbench Business — Iraq Inquiry (29 Jan 2015)

Sandra Osborne: Why does my right hon. Friend think that the Chilcot inquiry adopted a convoluted Maxwellisation process, rather than the straightforward one adopted in the Inquiries Act 2005?

Prime Minister: Engagements (28 Jan 2015)

Sandra Osborne: Last week, the Institute for Fiscal Studies revealed that poorer families had lost most under the Prime Minister’s tax and benefit policies. What happened to his promise that this Government would be the most family friendly ever?

SportsDirect (USC Dundonald) (27 Jan 2015)

Sandra Osborne: I have been listening to what the Minister has said. In my constituency, directors walked away from coal mines leaving £140 million of damage. I have been pursuing that matter with the insolvency people for two years and nothing has happened, so she will forgive me if I am slightly cynical about what she is saying.

SportsDirect (USC Dundonald) (27 Jan 2015)

Sandra Osborne: I congratulate my hon. Friend on obtaining the debate. He is working hard on the issue, and he knows that many of my constituents were also employed in the business, and have lost their jobs because of this debacle. Yet again, a company in Ayrshire has behaved disgracefully —my hon. Friend knows what happened with the former coalfield sites. Is there a need to look at the way companies are...

Oral Answers to Questions — House of Commons Commission: Draft Scotland Clauses (22 Jan 2015)

Sandra Osborne: I thought my ears were deceiving me when I heard the Minister say that there would be powers for gender quotas in public bodies in Scotland. That is excellent news, and something from which the rest of the UK would benefit. A popular measure is the devolution of air passenger duty, which is very important for Prestwick airport and has the potential to help it tremendously with the problems it...

Carbon Price Support (Land Reclamation) (6 Jan 2015)

Sandra Osborne: As I said in my speech, I am a member of the task force and I fully appreciate all the work that has been done, not least to try to prevent such things happening again. That does not, however, substitute for the amount of funding needed to deal with the problem. I have raised that point several times in meetings of the task force. It is the elephant in the room. We still do not get a positive...

Carbon Price Support (Land Reclamation) (6 Jan 2015)

Sandra Osborne: I point out that Hargreaves says that the number of people who would be employed, the tax take from that and the knock-on effects for the local economy would help offset some of those costs.


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