Margaret Ferrier: Nuclear negotiations restart on 29 November and there is a risk that both Nazanin’s case and Anoosheh Ashoori’s case will be used as leverage. The negotiations are complex and we cannot risk these cases becoming entangled in them. Does the hon. Lady agree that the Government need to have a plan in place to ensure that these cases do not get caught up in the nuclear negotiations?
Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how much and what proportion of the £1 billion a year granted by the National Institute for Health Research for research is spent solely on non-animal methodologies.
Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to support Scotland to become a leader in eye health research.
Margaret Ferrier: In my constituency, Councillor Mo Razzaq has been championing the cause and has fought hard to improve provision, which has led to a community defibrillator installation outside Strachan Craft Butchers in Blantyre. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that locally elected representatives can be instrumental to the cause?
Margaret Ferrier: Following cardiac arrest, for each minute that passes the chances of survival fall by a massive 20%. Outside urban areas, and certainly in very rural locations, ambulance call-out times are often much longer than a matter than minutes. Does the hon. Member agree that provision needs to be prioritised in rural areas?
Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make representations to the Emirati government to invite independent impartial human rights monitoring bodies, including UN thematic special procedures, to that country and allow those bodies to visit detention centres and detainees.
Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the report by Sir David Calvert-Smith entitled, Undue influence: the UAE and Interpol, published in April 2021, and the candidacy of Emirati Major General Nasser Ahmed al-Raisi for the Interpol presidency, what assessment (a) she and (b) officials in her Department have made of evidence in that report that...
Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what specific human rights (a) issues and (b) cases Ministers in his Department raised with the Bahraini prime minister when they met at the COP26 Summit in Glasgow.
Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions (a) she and (b) officials in her Department have had with Emirati counterparts on the treatment, welfare and release of Emirati prisoners of conscience, including academic, Dr Nasser bin Ghaith, human rights defender, Ahmed Mansoor and human rights lawyer, Mohammed al-Roken.
Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether (a) she, (b) Ministers in her Department and (c) officials in her Department have made representations to their Bahraini counterparts in each of the last three months on the case of imprisoned human rights defender, Dr Abuljalil AlSingace.
Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what steps he is taking to help ensure equitable distribution of funds between the (a) National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research and (b) broader life science and medical-related research sectors.
Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether he is taking steps to contribute to the (a) development and (b) validation of human-on-a-chip and organ-on-a-chip technologies.
Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment she has made of the implications for her policies of the findings of the survey published by the End Frozen Pensions campaign on 2 November 2021 that 28 per cent of British pensioners with frozen overseas pensions are unable to access medication as a result of financial hardship.
Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps her Department is taking to monitor the impact of its policy on indexing state pensions overseas only for British pensioners in countries with reciprocal uprating agreements.
Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment his Department has made of the likely levels of discrepancy between the (a) skills and geographic location of people looking for work and (b) needs of employers (i) within sectors, (ii) between sectors and (iii) across the whole economy, following the lifting of covid-19 public health measures.
Margaret Ferrier: I believe that Ministers have previously shown interest in suitable office space in my constituency to house Cabinet Office staff. Will the Minister provide an update on any plans to open civil service offices in Rutherglen and Hamilton West or the surrounding areas? He just mentioned areas of regeneration. That is an area that is being regenerated by Clyde Gateway.
Margaret Ferrier: I have previously written to the Minister for Defence People and Veterans about the delay that one of my constituents has experienced while waiting for a decision on his military pension. Will the Minister please look into this case and ensure that my constituent does not wait any longer than the year that has already elapsed since his application?
Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research his Department has commissioned on the impact of the rise in Employer National Contributions on (a) the employment rate and (b) wages.
Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department made, prior to the decision being taken, of the potential impact of the rise in Employer National Insurance Contributions on (a) the employment rate and (b) wages.
Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make an assessment of the potential effect on levels of (a) pay and (b) employment of raising employment allowance.