Results 1–20 of 652 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alan Brown

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review of relief for first-time buyers (21 Feb 2018)

Alan Brown: Whatever argument the hon. Gentleman may present about what happened in the past, is he saying that he does not believe that more money should be given to the Scottish police and fire services?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review of relief for first-time buyers (21 Feb 2018)

Alan Brown: If this was all the work of the Scottish Tory MPs, why is it that, when I have asked parliamentary questions to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Treasury has been unable to confirm that any meetings have taken place with any of the hon. Gentleman’s colleagues to formally discuss the VAT measure?

Finance (No. 2) Bill: Review of relief for first-time buyers (21 Feb 2018)

Alan Brown: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Feb 2018)

Alan Brown: I have previously highlighted that each Scottish Tory MP costs Scotland £265 million. It turns out that their Scottish leader is much cheaper, because the party wanted to hire her out for £15,000 a day at a Tory fundraising dinner. At that same dinner, the Defence Secretary was on hire for £30,000, while £2,000 bought the International Trade Secretary and it was...

Prime Minister: Engagements (21 Feb 2018)

Alan Brown: Mr Speaker, I was referring to a story that was in the newspapers.

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Alan Brown: The Government have heard several times that cannabis for medicinal use is available in many countries. It is clear that the evidence is there. It is allowed in other EU countries. One of the benefits of being in the EU, while we are still there, is collaboration. We are able to review research that is available elsewhere and come to a quick decision. Will the Minister confirm that there are...

State Pension Age (8 Feb 2018)

Alan Brown: Yet again, the Minister has tried to break things down to a binary choice between paying out lower pensions or increasing the state pension age. However, pensions are only one aspect of Government spending and tax-raising powers. His Government have chosen to reduce corporation tax, which will cost the taxpayer £50 billion by 2025, and other tax cuts will cost £15 billion. As my...

Acute and Community Health (8 Feb 2018)

Alan Brown: I thank the Minister for early sight of his statement. I certainly echo his comments about our sympathy for the families and staff members who have been involved over the years. I pay tribute to the hon. Member for West Lancashire (Rosie Cooper), although the tenacity required from her perhaps sums up what is wrong with the present system. On Dr Kirkup’s observations and...

Business of the House (8 Feb 2018)

Alan Brown: My constituent, Christine Lilley of Kilmarnock, has received confirmation from the DWP that from now on it will cover her mortgage interest as a loan against her property. May we have a debate about the impact of this policy, the stress it is causing and the utter madness that could see people feeling forced to sell their homes and claiming more money on housing benefit than their mortgage...

Royal Assent: Motability (8 Feb 2018)

Alan Brown: The Secretary of State says that she got a concession five years ago, but nothing has changed in five years on executive pay and concerns about reserves. Why is the National Audit Office only now being asked to do this, five years late? Is it just because of newspaper publicity?

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (8 Feb 2018)

Alan Brown: It is a fact that, when it comes to the 95% broadband target, the UK Government underfunded the Scottish Government, who had to make up the shortfall. When it comes to 4G coverage, England has 60% landmass coverage and Scotland has only 17%. What are the UK Government doing to make up for this double deficit?

Rail Update (5 Feb 2018)

Alan Brown: Despite what the Transport Secretary says, the franchising system is quite clearly not working, especially given today’s further announcement. When all these announcements are made, we keep hearing about the private investment that privatisation of the railways has brought in with the increasing passenger numbers. The reality is that all that new investment is paid for by the rail...

NHS Winter Crisis: Grenfell Tower (5 Feb 2018)

Alan Brown: The Minister has accused the right hon. Member for Wentworth and Dearne (John Healey) of conflating issues relating to Grenfell. If the Government wanted to keep the House informed and if they were on top of the situation, the Minister would have made a statement rather than our having to rely on an urgent question. The Government promised to keep the House updated on all developments...

Immigration White Paper (5 Feb 2018)

Alan Brown: The Minister keeps talking about achieving sustainable levels of immigration, which suggests that current levels are unsustainable. The reality is that another Scottish farmer reported at the weekend that food was left to rot in his fields because he did not have enough workers. The fish processing industry is struggling, the medical profession is struggling to attract EU immigrants and...

Capita (1 Feb 2018)

Alan Brown: Will the Minister tell the House the size of the pension deficit and what arrangements the Government are putting in place to cover that black hole?

Exiting the European Union: Customs Union: Free Trade Agreements (1 Feb 2018)

Alan Brown: Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs is launching a new customs declaration service, which is due to go live in January 2019. Has it been designed to deal with the fourfold increase in customs declarations that will be required post Brexit?

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Alan Brown: Is it not also true that the Public Whip does not record the fact that there are England and Wales only votes that we are excluded from in this House?

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Exceptions (29 Jan 2018)

Alan Brown: Like many other Members. I pay tribute to the work done by the right hon. Member for South Holland and The Deepings (Mr Hayes) and the way he conducted himself in the Bill Committee; he worked with everyone in a consensual manner. I welcome the Bill as far as it goes. Sometimes people say that electric vehicles, particularly electric cars, will be the panacea for the UK’s current air...

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Exceptions (29 Jan 2018)

Alan Brown: The UK Government have committed £200 million towards the roll-out of infrastructure. Previously, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy agreed with me that any allocation to Scotland has to be based on needs, including geography, rather than on population. Can the Transport Secretary confirm that he shares that view?

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