Results 1621–1640 of 1797 for speaker:Peter Grant

Bill Presented: Clause 2 — Entitlement to vote in the referendum (8 Dec 2015)

Peter Grant: I am grateful to the Minister for giving way even though he said he could not. Does he agree that in the run-up to the Scottish independence referendum, young people below the age of 25 were resolutely opposed to extending the franchise to under-18s. After the referendum they and almost everyone else in Scotland, including the leader of his own party in Scotland, very nearly unanimously...

Oral Answers to Questions — Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (3 Dec 2015)

Peter Grant: As we come to within two days of Small Business Saturday, the Secretary of State will be aware that Channel 4 currently works with more than 350 production companies, including a large number of small and medium-sized businesses. Can he assure us that in the event of any privatisation of Channel 4, the livelihood of those important small businesses will not be threatened by the desire to...

Backbench Business - Middle Eastbackbench Business (30 Nov 2015)

Peter Grant: Latha naomh Anndra sona dhuibh—I wish everyone a happy St Andrew’s day. That includes the 90% who claim direct Scottish descent and the 10% who actually have it. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Na h-Eileanan an Iar (Mr MacNeil) for coming to the Chamber just in time to give me the correct translation. For a number of people, tomorrow marks the first day of Advent, which is seen as...

Backbench Business - Middle Eastbackbench Business (30 Nov 2015)

Peter Grant: I have no doubt that there is a Saudi story, but that story is not the only one that deserves to be told. My point is that if we continue to operate a policy in the middle east that is based on the interests of UK citizens, businesses and investors, to the exclusion of all else, we will continue to get it wrong.

Backbench Business - Middle Eastbackbench Business (30 Nov 2015)

Peter Grant: I would certainly welcome such an investigation, although perhaps it should have taken place before we started to supply the weapons in the first place. It is a bit late to discover afterwards that they have been used for the wrong purpose. I fear that the international arms trade may have become so entrenched as part of the UK economy that an awful lot of people in the UK, whether they know...

Backbench Business - Middle Eastbackbench Business (30 Nov 2015)

Peter Grant: I will give way once more.

Backbench Business - Middle Eastbackbench Business (30 Nov 2015)

Peter Grant: My comments are not about whether individual groups of MPs apply a whip or respect a whip that may be applied to them. It is up to the conscience of each and every one of us whether we follow a party whip. I take the view, although it has never been tested in 25 years in party politics, that if the whip contravened a direct instruction of my conscience I would follow my conscience. That is a...

Backbench Business - Middle Eastbackbench Business (30 Nov 2015)

Peter Grant: I said that I would give way only once more, but since it is the hon. Gentleman, I will.

Backbench Business - Middle Eastbackbench Business (30 Nov 2015)

Peter Grant: I am grateful to the hon. Gentleman for that comment. The question I asked of the Prime Minister last week was based on that very point. It is one thing to remove Daesh—

Backbench Business - Middle Eastbackbench Business (30 Nov 2015)

Peter Grant: Thank you, Madam Deputy Speaker. I finished at that point as I was expecting to be told that my time was up, but that did not seem to materialise. It is one thing to remove Daesh; it is quite another to remove the circumstances where organisations such as Daesh, the Taliban and al-Qaeda can continue to flourish.

Women and Equalities: Syria (26 Nov 2015)

Peter Grant: The hon. Member for Wythenshawe and Sale East (Mike Kane) reminded us of the three absolute prerequisites that need to be in place before military action can be justified. If the only objective is to reduce the likelihood of attacks on UK citizens in the United Kingdom, we can argue that any attack on Daesh is effective. If we also want to ensure that we do not leave behind an environment in...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Iran: Nuclear Issues (24 Nov 2015)

Peter Grant: I know that the hon. Gentleman, in his capacity as Chair of the European Scrutiny Committee, agrees that all major European matters, even those which we might eventually agree or give a cautious welcome to, deserve the full scrutiny of the House. As he points out, these documents were considered on 9 September, and the Committee recommended that they be brought to the Floor of the House as...

Opposition Day — [11th Allotted Day]: Trident (24 Nov 2015)

Peter Grant: The hon. Lady and many of her colleagues have criticised the Leader of the Opposition for saying that he would never fire Trident, presumably because it is not a deterrent if we promise not to use it. Will she tell us in what circumstances she would have it on her conscience to launch an attack that would annihilate tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of innocent, unarmed civilians?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Health Problems (Poverty) (17 Nov 2015)

Peter Grant: What assessment he has made of the effect of poverty on the incidence of health problems.

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: Health Problems (Poverty) (17 Nov 2015)

Peter Grant: Interesting answer, but unfortunately it was not the answer to the question that was asked. No doubt my hon. Friend will follow that up later. Is the Minister aware of work produced by, for example, Sir Harry Burns, the former chief medical officer of Scotland, which clearly indicates that although there is a very strong link between poverty and poor health, that link is not inevitable and...

Renegotiation of EU Membership (Devolved Administrations) (10 Nov 2015)

Peter Grant: I am pleased to sum up for the Scottish National party. I commend my next-door neighbour, my hon. Friend the Member for North East Fife (Stephen Gethins), for securing the debate and for the eloquent way in which he presented the positive case that the SNP will continue to push for our continued membership of the EU. The events of yesterday and today make me convinced of one thing and very...

Renegotiation of EU Membership (Devolved Administrations) (10 Nov 2015)

Peter Grant: I will, Ms Dorries. My real concern is not only that a failure by the Prime Minister will lead to a vote to take the devolved Administrations out of the EU against our will, but that it might lead to a debate that is not about the benefits of EU membership but about an antipathy to immigration and an antipathy to anyone who was born outside these islands. It may become a referendum on the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Business, Innovation and Skills: Europe: Renegotiation (10 Nov 2015)

Peter Grant: The Minister’s statement understandably consisted largely of significant chunks quoted from the Prime Minister’s letter to President Tusk. One section that the Minister did not repeat, though, was the Prime Minister’s closing remarks, in which he said: “I am ready to campaign with all my heart and soul to keep Britain inside a reformed European Union”. Why did the Minister not...

Business of the House (5 Nov 2015)

Peter Grant: The Commons European Business Order Paper lists details of legislation and other documents which, although their source is the European Union, the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee has deemed to be of sufficient legal and political importance to merit a debate in either the House or its Committees. It shows that there is currently a backlog of 24 documents awaiting debate, to only...


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