Results 1–20 of 1087 for speaker:Anne McLaughlin

Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill (19 Apr 2024)

Anne McLaughlin: My hon. Friend reminds me that I have loads of constituents—I do not know how I missed this out—who say they can no longer let their dogs run free off the lead when they are out for a walk because of off-road vehicles. That is outrageous, so I wanted to mention that. People told me that in their dozens.

Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill (19 Apr 2024)

Anne McLaughlin: Some of what the hon. Gentleman is talking about would apply in England and Wales only; that is one point. My feeling is that there are so many instances of this behaviour that the police would be kept incredibly busy. However, an offence of not displaying a registration, or of not registering one of these vehicle, could be preventive, as he says. The police would have to catch someone not...

Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill (19 Apr 2024)

Anne McLaughlin: As I should have said in my speech, I understand that a lot of antisocial behaviour comes from having nothing to look forward to and few job prospects. I will not stand here and say, “This is all your fault.” We must get things right for the—primarily—young people who are involved in such antisocial behaviour. There are loads of examples in my constituency of getting it right, such as...

Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill (19 Apr 2024)

Anne McLaughlin: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. I have always believed that politicians and political parties should show leadership rather than simply following public opinion, and that that leadership should be based on well-known values, principles and policies that have been communicated at the time of election. However, I also believe that if it becomes clear that something is...

Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill (19 Apr 2024)

Anne McLaughlin: I thank my hon. Friend for those words, and I echo what he says about our colleagues Bob Doris and Councillor Allan Gow. Constituents in Glasgow North East have been calling, emailing and messaging me about the antisocial and completely improper use of off-road vehicles, be that off-road motorbikes, quad bikes or high-powered electric motorcycles. They simply cannot get peace from them. Thus,...

Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill (19 Apr 2024)

Anne McLaughlin: I agree with the hon. Lady, although electric bikes are not—yet—included in the Bill. According to my mother, who is 84, anybody on a bicycle should have to have a registration plate, so that she can report them to the police when they whizz past, disorientating her, on the pavement. I have said to her, “I’m not including that, Mum”, but I join the hon. Lady in urging users of all...

Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill (19 Apr 2024)

Anne McLaughlin: I very much appreciated the conversation with the Minister and his remarks. I am not somebody who stands here and says, “I demand that the law be changed immediately.” I welcome any progress that we can make towards this. A taskforce is an excellent idea, because, of course, I do not have all the answers. By bringing together experts and the people we need onside to make this work,...

Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill (19 Apr 2024)

Anne McLaughlin: I thank the hon. Gentleman. Before the issue came to my attention, he was speaking about and campaigning on it, so I thank him for that on behalf of my constituents. Littlehill golf course, in my constituency, is a fantastic facility, not least because it is accessible and affordable to low-income families, but it regularly becomes completely unusable when quad bikers get in and wreck the...

Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill (19 Apr 2024)

Anne McLaughlin: My intention is not to make registration financially prohibitive, but the hon. Gentleman is right that such a scheme would be a deterrent in other ways. If people know they cannot go around unidentified any longer, then they are far less likely to get on to those vehicles in the first place. The people of Barmulloch, Balornock, Wallacewell, Milton, Possilpark, Lambhill, Springburn and...

Business of the House (18 Apr 2024)

Anne McLaughlin: Springburn Winter Gardens Trust has submitted a bid to the community ownership fund to stop our winter gardens—once the largest glass house in Scotland—collapsing. Could we have a debate in Government time on the need to protect our built heritage? Watching and listening from the Public Gallery today was my four-year-old constituent Callie Lang—until she got bored for some reason. I am...

Food Waste and Food Distribution — [Valerie Vaz in the Chair] (16 Apr 2024)

Anne McLaughlin: Thank you, Ms Vaz. I was thinking, “Please don’t call me, because my speech is eight minutes,” but there we go—you have not given me time to cut it down! I thank the hon. Member for Stoke-on-Trent Central (Jo Gideon) for bringing this debate to Westminster Hall today. It is really important; we always say that, but this is crucial. For most people, the past two years have been...

Food Waste and Food Distribution — [Valerie Vaz in the Chair] (16 Apr 2024)

Anne McLaughlin: Does the hon. Lady agree that supermarkets leave food to the very last minute rather than distributing it for human consumption, because they are incentivised to divert it to animal feed? If we can turn that around and incentivise them, as happens in France, to divert it to human consumption or make it compulsory, we will be in a far better place. It would solve some of the problems to which...

Energy Security and Net Zero: Green Technologies: Investment (16 Apr 2024)

Anne McLaughlin: Along with my hon. Friend the Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North (Gavin Newlands), I co-chaired the all-party parliamentary group on green deal mis-selling. After nearly 10 years, we are still waiting for justice for our constituents who were told to invest in green technologies for their homes. A legal process is under way, but it is very lengthy. Most of our affected constituents...

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Gaza ( 6 Feb 2024)

Anne McLaughlin: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the potential implications for his Department's policies on deciding asylum applications of the conflict in Gaza.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Gaza: Telecommunications ( 6 Feb 2024)

Anne McLaughlin: To ask the Minister of State, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, whether his Department has had discussions with cellular network providers in Gaza on the adequacy of telecommunication services in that region.

Defending the UK and Allies (15 Jan 2024)

Anne McLaughlin: In his statement, the Prime Minister told us that one of his motives was the ordinary people of Yemen. He said that the Houthis’ attacks risked worsening the dire humanitarian situation in Yemen itself, before patting himself on the back over the number of people the UK helps to feed in Yemen. He is not wrong about the Houthis, but surely the cuts in the international aid budget pose the...

Cost of Living in Scotland ( 9 Jan 2024)

Anne McLaughlin: I was waiting for the appropriate moment. I thank my hon. Friend for securing this debate, but also for allowing me to make a couple of points. I wonder whether my hon. Friend shares my absolute horror at the yesterday’s news that Ofgem has said that Scottish Power are fit and proper persons to force-fit prepayment meters once again. We know that there was a consultation and that Ofgem...

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Sri Lanka (12 Dec 2023)

Anne McLaughlin: Whether his Department is taking diplomatic steps to help ensure that perpetrators of alleged human rights violations against the Tamil community in Sri Lanka are held to account.

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Sri Lanka (12 Dec 2023)

Anne McLaughlin: Many prominent Sri Lankans were credibly accused of war crimes against the Tamil minority, particularly towards the end of the 30-year civil war in Sri Lanka. But all these years on, they are still at large, unlike the nearly 18,000 Tamils who went missing and are still unaccounted for. In response to the SNP spokesperson, my hon. Friend the Member for Stirling (Alyn Smith), we were told...


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