Results 1–20 of 165 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Marion Fellows

Autism Diagnosis — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (13 Sep 2017)

Marion Fellows: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth. I will rattle through this to give others a better chance. I should mention that I have been on Twitter, talking to someone in Scotland who is watching the debate with great interest because she has four children with autism. I congratulate the hon. Member for Enfield, Southgate (Bambos Charalambous) on obtaining the debate and...

Combat Compensation (20 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Gapes. I congratulate the hon. Member for Wythenshawe and Sale East (Mike Kane) on securing this important debate this afternoon. The hon. Gentleman made a cogent, reasoned and passionate speech about combat compensation, the changes that are likely to be made, and the suffering that service personnel and their families are likely to...

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: rose—

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: indicated dissent.

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: It is a fundamental Scottish National party principle that access to education should be based on the ability to learn, not the ability to pay. SNP MPs have a strong and principled record of opposing tuition fee increases in England and Wales and, if we are able to, we will reject any Bill that would increase the financial burden on students. In 1997, I personally lobbied my predecessor in...

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention, but I totally disagree with him. I will come on to that point further on in my speech. The fact is that Scottish education is different; the way into it and how to progress in it are completely untypical.

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: As a former further education lecturer, I have personal experience of that. Indeed, I will be disseminating my wisdom on this when I take up my place on the Education Committee; I see that the Chair of the Committee, the right hon. Member for Harlow (Robert Halfon), is sitting on the Government Back Benches. The point that has been raised is a well-known canard. We cannot measure Scottish...

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: I thank the hon. Gentleman for his intervention and welcome him to his place. Yes, there are many differences, and trying to compare apples and pears just does not work.

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: If the hon. Gentleman listens to the end of my speech, he will find that I completely refute what he is saying. The facts tell a different story. Larry Flanagan, the general secretary of the Educational Institute of Scotland, has said that Scottish education is not in the parlous state that is ascribed to it by other parties. I believe that he is one of the hon. Gentleman’s colleagues....

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: May I also rebut that canard? When I started teaching in further education in Scotland in 1992, many college courses were not vocational but leisure courses. West Lothian College ran a very successful one on which people my age—now—spent six hours a week doing art. The Scottish Government cut funding for courses like that and increased funding for vocational training. They also do...

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: I am sorry, but I would like to continue—I am feeling a little dizzy, to be fair. The SNP Government are not complacent and are committed to doing more to support students. They want to ensure that support is equitable, in particular for the most vulnerable, which is why the Scottish Government are conducting a comprehensive review of student support under an independent chair and a...

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: As the hon. Gentleman persists, I will give way.

Bills Presented: Tuition Fees (19 Jul 2017)

Marion Fellows: Let me say one thing in response to that. The Scottish Government consulted businesses in Scotland; they were already doing good work with businesses, encouraging them to take on modern apprenticeships. Modern apprenticeships were far further advanced. The Scottish Government did not just make decisions for themselves. There was almost an imposition on the Scottish Government because our...

The Prime Minister Was Asked--: Engagements (28 Jun 2017)

Marion Fellows: The brave men and women in our emergency services have consistently put the safety of others first, especially in response to the terrible events we have seen in recent months. We all pay tribute to their professionalism, which is why I believe it is important that we give them all the resources they need to do their vital job. It is outrageous that in Scotland the police and fire services...

The Prime Minister Was Asked--: Engagements (28 Jun 2017)

Marion Fellows: Thank you, Mr Speaker. I shall repeat what I said. It is outrageous that our police and fire services should pay VAT, when that has cost the front-line services £35 million last year alone. Now that the Prime Minister has found the magic money tree, will she extend the VAT exemption to Police Scotland and the Scottish Fire and—[Interruption.]

Housing and Social Security (22 Jun 2017)

Marion Fellows: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland (Mr Clarke), whose maiden speech was very funny and insightful, and commended some of his predecessor MPs: well done. Housing, and especially social housing, has been shown up in sharp focus as a result of the Grenfell Tower tragedy. Indeed, in her statement this morning the Prime Minister admitted that...

Post Office Closures — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (25 Apr 2017)

Marion Fellows: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward. I thank the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham (Tim Loughton) on securing this debate. It is testament to how passionately people feel about this issue that so many Members are here fighting for their local community in the last week of this Parliament. I expected to walk into an almost empty room, but I am amazed and...

Air Quality Strategy: Business of the House (24, 25, 26 and 27 April) (24 Apr 2017)

Marion Fellows: I simply wish to thank the Leader of the House for bringing this motion to the House and say to him that he can rest assured that we will scrutinise everything in our normal fashion. Question put and agreed to.


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