Results 1–20 of 92 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Owen Thompson

Food and Farming: Employment Opportunities — [Mr Charles Walker in the Chair] (25 Apr 2017)

Owen Thompson: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Walker. I congratulate the hon. Member for St Ives (Derek Thomas) on securing this debate. Food and farming is clearly a significant industry in Scotland, where 98% of the landmass is considered rural, whether that is “remote rural”, which is defined as an area that is more than a 30-minute drive from the nearest settlement, or...

Article 50 (29 Mar 2017)

Owen Thompson: The Prime Minister told us that Brexit meant Brexit. Now that the Scottish Parliament has voted for a second Scottish independence referendum, will she realise and acknowledge that Scotref means Scotref, and agree to any section 30 application?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (27 Mar 2017)

Owen Thompson: Last week, the Scottish Government wrote to the UK Government to express concern over how universal credit is pushing people into more hardship and debt. I also understand that the SNP-led Midlothian Council has written to the Minister to ask for a complete and immediate halt to the full service roll-out of universal credit, which is having an appalling impact on people across my constituency...

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Voter Registration (22 Mar 2017)

Owen Thompson: If he will make it his policy to include in national insurance notification letters to 15 and 16-year-olds information on being able to register to vote from the age of 16.

Cabinet Office and the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Voter Registration (22 Mar 2017)

Owen Thompson: Clearly, any steps to improve voter registration have to be welcomed, but does the Minister agree that a far more efficient and cost-effective way to do so would be simply to introduce a system of automatic voter registration?

Beer Duty — [Sir Roger Gale in the Chair] (7 Mar 2017)

Owen Thompson: I congratulate the hon. Member for St Austell and Newquay (Steve Double) on introducing this debate and the hon. Member for Gower (Byron Davies) on securing it. It is clear from hon. Members’ contributions today that there is a large degree of agreement among us all. We have heard about the benefits of the local pub in our constituencies—I certainly support the pubs in mine as much as I...

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Leaving the UK: Human Rights (7 Mar 2017)

Owen Thompson: What her policy is on the protection of human rights after the UK leaves the EU.

The Secretary of State Was Asked: Leaving the UK: Human Rights (7 Mar 2017)

Owen Thompson: What assurances can the Minister give that any future trade deal that is agreed by the UK Government and the EU during negotiations will contain a commitment to human rights?

A Better Defence Estate Strategy — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (21 Feb 2017)

Owen Thompson: I commend the hon. Member for Maidstone and The Weald (Mrs Grant) for securing this debate. I was delighted to join her at the Backbench Business Committee to make the case for it. When the announcement was made, the shockwaves went through my constituency of Midlothian, where the closure of Glencorse barracks has been intimated. Understandably, the community were upset at the lack of...

A Better Defence Estate Strategy — [Andrew Rosindell in the Chair] (21 Feb 2017)

Owen Thompson: I agree. That is certainly true for many of us who are making the case for retaining our local bases. Given the investment in Glencorse, it makes no financial sense to close the barracks. It has already been upgraded to the condition of a modern Army base, and it meets the criteria set out in the most recent defence estate reviews. It would be financial suicide to throw away such an...

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill (16 Dec 2016)

Owen Thompson: I intend to be relatively brief this morning, Mr Deputy Speaker. Let me start by congratulating my hon. Friend the Member for Banff and Buchan (Dr Whiteford) on securing this very important private Member’s Bill debate and on the consensus she has managed to build in seeking to drive this forward. We hope that by the end of the today we will see the Bill moving forward to its next stage....

UN’s Not Too Young to Run Campaign — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (7 Dec 2016)

Owen Thompson: It seems like a long time since I was elected to local government back in 2005. Does my hon. Friend agree that although I was fortunate in having support from the local party network, who really encouraged me to run for election—I had not thought about doing that until then—that is not necessarily the case for everyone? The case he is making is about putting in place that support network...

Refugee Family Reunion (Immigration Rules) (29 Nov 2016)

Owen Thompson: I thank the hon. Member for Bristol West (Thangam Debbonaire) for securing this important debate, and I commend her for it. The topic is important to my constituents, as it is to her and, of course, to the many refugee families and lone children throughout the world. The UK Government have made some progress in expediting the move of refugee children to the UK from the fallout of the Calais...

Refugee Family Reunion (Immigration Rules) (29 Nov 2016)

Owen Thompson: I very much agree with the hon. Lady. At times, it feels like a feast of moving goalposts, which does not help those in most need of the support that we should be giving them. The Government need to do more to speed up the process of helping. Lone children wandering Europe, who are now estimated to number in the hundreds of thousands, will not reduce in number if we ignore the situation in...

Autumn Statement (23 Nov 2016)

Owen Thompson: I welcome the fact that the Edinburgh south-east Scotland city deal is still in today’s autumn statement, but the local authorities involved in this process have been making plans for it for more than two years. In June, they were expecting sign-off by December, but we have not seen anything come forward yet. Can the Chancellor confirm when the city deal will finally get sign-off?

Defence Estate (7 Nov 2016)

Owen Thompson: The Glencorse barracks in Penicuik in my constituency are a fundamental part of that community and the wider constituency, but there was no mention of the barracks in the Secretary of State’s statement. I am now wondering whether this is closure by stealth, as the Government look to continue to invest in weapons of mass destruction at the cost of conventional defences.

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (26 Oct 2016)

Owen Thompson: I am sure that we all recognise that the removal of the camp at Calais is not a long-term solution to the ongoing humanitarian crisis. What will the Government do to learn from the experiences in Calais and speed up the acceptance of vulnerable individuals, as they committed to do under Lords Dubs’s scheme?

Concentrix: Tax Credit Claimants — [Mr David Nuttall in the Chair] (18 Oct 2016)

Owen Thompson: We have all had cases of people who have been vindicated after their lives have been turned upside down. They may have had their payments reinstated and even sometimes their bank charges refunded, but what about the high-interest payments they have had to make to payday lenders? What about the jobs they have lost because their childcare provider cancelled due to lack of payment? Where is the...

Petition - Implementation of the 1995 and 2011 Pension Acts (11 Oct 2016)

Owen Thompson: I rise to present this petition from the residents of Midlothian in the same terms as that of the hon. Member for Worsley and Eccles South, on behalf of the many hundreds of residents who have signed. The Petition of residents of Midlothian. [P001781]

Tax Credits: Concentrix (14 Sep 2016)

Owen Thompson: I know the Minister says that she sees no need for an inquiry, but I and many colleagues in the Chamber today—and certainly many of our constituents—very much disagree with that position. My question is: how can we learn the lessons to ensure that the practices employed by Concentrix never come to light again if we do not look into the practices carried out by Concentrix through some form...

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