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Windrush (23 Apr 2018)

Pat McFadden: This is what happens when we have a national debate and a Government mentality that always sees migration in negative terms as something to be feared and resisted. Any Government has the right to take measures against illegal immigration, but the point is that the Windrush generation were not illegal. They came here legally, they worked here legally and they have stayed here legally. What...

Laser Misuse (Vehicles) Bill [Lords] (Programme): Industrial Strategy (18 Apr 2018)

Pat McFadden: I very much welcome the fact that the Government are committed to the industrial strategy. When I was a Minister in the Secretary of State’s Department some years ago, we rebooted and renewed the belief in an industrial strategy in the wake of the financial crisis. I am glad that it has survived and that there has been a lot of continuity through the years of the coalition Government to...

Syria (16 Apr 2018)

Pat McFadden: This debate is heavily coloured by the vote that took place in this House in 2013 against the use of military action, after the Syrian regime had used chemical weapons at that time. Can the Prime Minister tell the House how many times the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons against its own people since we took that vote and since Russia promised to oversee the elimination of the Syrian...

Exiting the European Union: Topical Questions (15 Mar 2018)

Pat McFadden: While talking about Northern Ireland, the Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, the hon. Member for Fareham (Suella Fernandes), made the significant statement that the report by Mr Lars Karlsson did not meet the Government’s test of there being no physical border infrastructure. Will the Secretary of State repeat that statement and say that, in his view, the report...

Salisbury Incident: Further Update (14 Mar 2018)

Pat McFadden: Responding with strength and resolve when your country is under threat is an essential component of political leadership. There is a Labour tradition that understands that, and it has been understood by Prime Ministers of all parties who have stood at that Dispatch Box. That means when chemical weapons are used, we need more than words, but deeds. Can I ask the Prime Minister what more she...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: World War II: Genocide (13 Mar 2018)

Pat McFadden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) diplomats have made to the Polish Government on its Holocaust law.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: World War II: Genocide (13 Mar 2018)

Pat McFadden: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to raise with the Polish Government concerns about Poland's Holocaust law; and if he will make a statement.

Salisbury Incident (12 Mar 2018)

Pat McFadden: I thank the Prime Minister for coming to the House with this very important, but sadly not surprising conclusion today. She is going to make a further statement on Wednesday, but can I ask her to say a bit more about the possible responses and to ensure, at a time when voices and forces are trying to erode confidence in open democratic societies, that those responses will place us firmly and...

Uk/EU Future Economic Partnership (5 Mar 2018)

Pat McFadden: On Friday and today, the Prime Minister said that our access to one another’s markets would be less than it is now. This is the public burial of the claim made by her Brexit Secretary a year ago in this House that the Government’s aim was to secure the “exact same benefits” as we now enjoy. The Prime Minister has admitted to the country that there is an economic cost...

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: Border Arrangements (28 Feb 2018)

Pat McFadden: Why does the Minister for the Cabinet Office think that the Foreign Secretary wrote this letter? Was it because he did not know that the Government had committed in paragraph 49 of the December agreement to “its guarantee of avoiding a hard border” or was it because any commitment can be set aside in the service of the cause that the Foreign Secretary really cares about: the...

Syria: De-Escalation Zones (26 Feb 2018)

Pat McFadden: It is good that the UN Security Council has passed a resolution, but why should President Assad fear the Security Council? What will it do to enforce the resolution?

Carillion: TUPE — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (21 Feb 2018)

Pat McFadden: Ms McDonagh, it is traditional at the start of these debates to say what a pleasure it is to serve under the Chair, and today it is really true. I begin by congratulating my parliamentary neighbour, my hon. Friend the Member for Wolverhampton South West (Eleanor Smith), on securing the debate and thanking the Minister for his close engagement in this issue in recent weeks, since the company...

Carillion: TUPE — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (21 Feb 2018)

Pat McFadden: My hon. Friend makes a good point. The first thing I will raise is the question of redundancy and the payments available to those 1,000 or so people who have lost their jobs, but the second issue is about the workers who are left. Carillion was, of course, a complex web of contracts, covering sectors as diverse as the Ministry of Defence, construction, prisons, school maintenance, cleaning...

Carillion: TUPE — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (21 Feb 2018)

Pat McFadden: I quite agree; that is a concern. Of course, the context is that a company went into financial collapse while running those public sector contracts, so it hardly looks as though it was making a big killing out of them—frankly, if it was, it would not have gone bust. The margins were already thin, and the public sector has proven itself over the years to be more adept at driving narrow...

Exiting the European Union: Transition Arrangements (1 Feb 2018)

Pat McFadden: What recent discussions he has had with Commissioner Barnier on the transition arrangements for the UK after March 2019.

Exiting the European Union: Transition Arrangements (1 Feb 2018)

Pat McFadden: When it came to the divorce bill, after a lot of huffing and puffing and wasted time the Government simply signed on the dotted line. What will be different in the transition period we are negotiating compared with the EU guidelines issued this week?

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Pat McFadden: I want to make a few points about the politics of all this and what that says about our politics. I do not need to go over the pantomime of the Government saying that there were economic assessments in excruciating detail, then that there were none at all, and then that there were two lever arch files. That has all been well documented. We then saw this week’s report, and what has the...

Opposition Day: Government’s EU Exit Analysis (31 Jan 2018)

Pat McFadden: I have huge respect for the right hon. Lady on this issue. Does she agree that we would not be hearing any of this stuff about the reports being negotiation-sensitive if the Government could lay their hands on a single report that said there would be economic benefits to Brexit, rather than economic costs?

Pip Back Payments (30 Jan 2018)

Pat McFadden: The system is in fundamental need of review. My constituent Martin Wright suffered a terrible life-changing accident at work several years ago. Despite that, he has been reassessed three times in three years and has now had his payments reduced. We will take Martin’s case to appeal, and I have to tell the Minister that every single case from my constituency office that we have taken to...


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