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Results 1–20 of 2000 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Baroness Ritchie of Downpatrick

Exiting the European Union: Tourism (27 Apr 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: Tourism is the main catalyst for economic development in South Down, which will have a land border with the EU. How will that burgeoning cross-border tourism trade be nurtured and financially protected in the face of the challenges from Brexit and given that the Republic of Ireland’s VAT rate on tourism is 9% whereas in my constituency it is 20%?

Higher Education and Research Bill (26 Apr 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that these international students add to the scholarly, research and investigative processes undertaken by universities in terms of academic freedom and the richness of our society?

Higher Education and Research Bill (26 Apr 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: The hon. Lady will be well aware that Northern Ireland, where both education and higher education are devolved, does not have any political authority at the moment due to the lack of political institutions being up and running. That is particularly damaging for us, with Brexit looming, because our universities rely on EU migrants both for their teaching and student populations. Does she agree...

Higher Education and Research Bill (26 Apr 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: My hon. Friend is making compelling points. In Northern Ireland there are two universities, Queen’s University, Belfast and the Ulster University. They both rely on Erasmus and European social funds to develop cross-border educational research programmes with higher education institutions in the Republic of Ireland. The impact of Brexit in the context of this debate is therefore...

Whirlpool: Product Safety System — [Ms Joan Ryan in the Chair] (26 Apr 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: The hon. Lady is making a compelling case. Does she agree that Trading Standards should also look at Whirlpool’s delay in dealing with repair requests? People should not have to wait an inordinate time suffering a great deal of worry and concern.

Whirlpool: Product Safety System — [Ms Joan Ryan in the Chair] (26 Apr 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: Does the hon. Gentleman agree that regulation is an issue? A series of recent product safety issues have brought into sharp focus the need for proper regulation and enforcement. Does he agree that the Government should focus their attention on that issue, too?

Whirlpool: Product Safety System — [Ms Joan Ryan in the Chair] (26 Apr 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this very important debate on an issue that has had an impact on the lives of many people throughout Britain and also in Northern Ireland. Does he agree that Trading Standards must be forced to do a lot more in relation to this issue, and that currently there is a serious gap between faults that manufacturers and suppliers of electrical goods know...

Oral Answers to Questions — Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food and Drink Sector (20 Apr 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: The fishing industry in my constituency is an important part of the food-processing sector. As part of the discussions with EU ministerial counterparts, what efforts will be made to ensure that there is no border in the Irish sea, thereby permitting fishermen to fish in both parts, as they currently can?

Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993: Ballydugan Four (19 Apr 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: As someone who was born, reared and educated in Downpatrick, I can say clearly to the Minister that Downpatrick’s was one of the first councils—this was back in 1973—to introduce and participate in a power-sharing arrangement at local government level, and that became the pioneer arrangement for the rest of Northern Ireland. Having talked to those pupils in Down High, and having met the...

Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993: Ballydugan Four (19 Apr 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: I well remember that morning of 9 April 1990. It was 7.30 in the morning at the office—at that stage, I worked for my predecessor, the late Eddie McGrady—when we got a phone call from the BBC about what had happened. Our shock, our revulsion and our opposition was made quite clear on that day and on those following. Is the hon. Gentleman aware that, on a Sunday afternoon some two and a...

Section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993: Ballydugan Four (19 Apr 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: I thank the hon. Gentleman for very kindly giving way again. I say this ever so gently: would he and his colleagues agree that there is now a need for a resolution to the political talks process? One of the issues relates to legacy. I know that we perhaps come from different perspectives, but we all understand that many people lost their lives in very difficult and tragic circumstances. Does...

Child Maintenance Service — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (18 Apr 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this very important debate. Is she aware that in Northern Ireland, 40 members of staff in the Department for Communities who deal with child maintenance are apparently to be laid off? The Department will find itself without experienced staff when it should be ensuring that money goes from absent parents to the children who urgently require it.

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Tourism: VAT Reduction (18 Apr 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: With particular reference to that, does the Minister recognise the additional disadvantage faced by the tourism industry in Northern Ireland, particularly in border constituencies such as mine, given that the VAT rate on tourism in the Republic of Ireland sits at 9% and ours sits at 20%?

Article 50 (29 Mar 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: Michel Barnier, who will be directly involved in the negotiations, has put Northern Ireland at the top of his agenda because he was directly involved in the negotiations to establish the Special EU Programmes Body. Will the Prime Minister outline how she will ensure the protection of our fragile economy in Northern Ireland, and ensure tariff-free and continued access to the single European...

Rare Diseases Strategy (28 Mar 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Pritchard. I congratulate the hon. Member for Bath (Ben Howlett) on his thoughtful contribution and on securing this important debate. He has given leadership on the issue, drawing on his professional field and as chair of the all-party parliamentary group, for which we are particularly grateful. Those who suffer from rare diseases...

Northern Ireland: Political Developments (28 Mar 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: Political engagement, power sharing and partnership government, working on an all-Ireland basis, are vital for the future of Northern Ireland in order to deal with the issues presented to us by Brexit. What steps are being taken to secure the presence of the Prime Minister and the Taoiseach at such talks? What is the format and timescale for such talks, which will hopefully break the logjam...

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Mental Health Treatment (21 Mar 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: Does the Secretary of State recognise the ways in which poverty, the associated financial strain and deprivation intersect with mental health; understand the need for him to work with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions to ensure that mental health is properly recognised in personal independence payment assessments; and recognise that the problem is more acutely affected if people...

Personal Independence Payments (15 Mar 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: In the view of the mental health charity Mind, the new regulations and guidance contradict the stated aims of the primary legislation. What information has been transferred to the Department for Communities in Northern Ireland, where parity applies, regarding the new guidance? Will the Secretary of State ensure that the regulations are taken off the table to allow a full debate in Parliament...

Oral Answers to Questions — Northern Ireland: Political Developments (15 Mar 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: May I offer my condolences to those who lost their lives this week, particularly those in the Irish Coast Guard, who do so much good work in the north, particularly in my constituency?

Health and Social Care Budgets — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (14 Mar 2017)

Margaret Ritchie: I congratulate the hon. Lady on securing this much-needed debate. Does she agree with me and other stakeholders that a comprehensive review is needed in which everybody—stakeholders, the Government and the Opposition—works together to find a way forward for a comprehensive funding solution?


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