Results 1221–1240 of 1487 for speaker:Margaret Ferrier

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Jordan: Press Freedom (7 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment her Department has made of media freedom in Jordan; and whether her Department has allocated specific funding for the promotion and protection of media freedom in that country.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Jordan: Press Freedom (7 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether (a) she and (b) officials in her Department have raised concerns with their Jordanian counterparts on reported violations of media freedom (a) in that country generally and (b) in connection with the intimidation and detention of Syrian journalists in exile there, such as Syrian freelance journalist...

Asthma Outcomes — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (7 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: I congratulate the hon. Member on securing today’s debate. As with most conditions, research and development is key to improving outcomes. Does he agree that funding into asthma research must be provided from a clearly defined central source and that there must be increased capacity for trials in hospitals?

Asthma Outcomes — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (7 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: Air pollution can trigger asthma attacks, and it is believed that it is linked to the rise in childhood asthma. Does the hon. Member agree that tackling air pollution could also bring public health benefits?

Ukraine (7 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: Ukraine and NATO are concerned that Russia will seize the Suwalki corridor by pushing migrants into the area and stoking unrest. That would allow Russian forces to join Belarus. What assessment have the Government and allies made of the likelihood of that scenario, and what humanitarian support would be provided to migrants caught in the fold?

Business of the House (9 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: Today, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has published the names of 208 employers in the UK that failed to pay their staff the national minimum wage. I was very pleased to see that none sits within my constituency’s local authority this year. Will the Leader of the House schedule a debate in Government time on the effectiveness of naming and shaming, and on how...

Defence Committee (9 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: I also congratulate the hon. Member on leading this report. I have just a couple of questions. The Government’s response to the Committee’s report says that many women do not experience harassment, but they are concerned that 11% of women in the services faced sexual harassment last year. Sexual harassment, particularly in the workplace, is under-reported. Does the Committee consider the...

Backbench Business - Financial Services: UK EconomyBackbench Business (9 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Wimbledon (Stephen Hammond). I thank the Backbench Business Committee and the three sponsors of today’s debate for bringing this topic to the House for discussion. The UK’s financial services are a huge asset and truly world class. The UK’s sector is the third largest of the OECD countries in terms of its economic output. Recent rankings...

Written Answers — Home Office: Animal Experiments (13 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2021 to Question 80330 on Animal Experiments: Scotland, what plans her Department has to (a) increase transparency of statistical data in future publications and (b) publish specific data for (i) England, (ii) Scotland and (iii) Wales in future publications of the Annual Statistics of Scientific...

Written Answers — Home Office: Animal Experiments (13 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2021 to Question 80331 on Animal Experiments, what plans her Department has to (a) record future deaths of animals at licensed testing facilities and (b) ensure that unnecessary animal deaths at licensed testing facilities are investigated.

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Kickstart Scheme: Rutherglen and Hamilton West (13 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: What estimate she has made of the number of jobs created by the Kickstart scheme in Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency.

Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (13 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: A free university-level education is a monumental benefit of living in Scotland. What discussions has the Secretary of State had with her colleagues in the Department for Education about the benefits of making higher levels of education accessible and the impact that would have on the employability of young people?

Online Animal Sales: Regulation — [David Mundell in the Chair] (13 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Mundell. I thank the hon. Member for Neath (Christina Rees) for having opened today’s debate on e-petition 587654, and the over 100,000 signatories who have brought this important issue before the House. As an animal lover, I fully support any measures that will strengthen animal welfare laws, and I commend Richard Ackers on his...

Human Rights Legislation (14 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: New licensing rules for arms trade announced last week are already causing concern that they could make it easier for international human rights abuses to be ignored when the Government make decisions on sales. Has the Secretary of State considered how changes to domestic human rights legislation could have a knock-on effect on our international strategies?

Written Answers — Home Office: Animal Experiments: Scotland (15 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 1 December 2021 to Question 80330 on Animal Experiments: Scotland, if she will provide the estimated and specific breakdown of costs for providing extracted data for Scotland from the Annual Statistics of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals, Great Britain 2020, published by her Department on 15 July 2021.

Written Answers — Scotland Office: Energy: Scotland (15 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: What discussions he has had with his Cabinet colleagues on the impact of energy price rises on Scottish businesses.

Transport: Topical Questions (16 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: The aviation sector has renewed its calls for Government support, as it remains one of the hardest-hit sectors and will continue to be one of the first industries impacted by travel rule changes—especially airports, which, as physical structures, have high overheads. Has the Secretary of State had any recent discussions with the Chancellor about what extra support could be offered?

Covid-19: Government Support for Business (16 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: The music industry has been hit hard. The industry trade body LIVE—Live music Industry Venues and Entertainment—has concerns that while venues can technically stay open, they are haemorrhaging money and that will lead to permanent closures. Will the Chancellor maintain the current rate of VAT beyond March 2022? In addition to support packages, will the Government fix the insurance scheme...

FCDO Staffing (16 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: The UK has world-class civil servants who are not often given due respect as public servants. Their pensions have been cut, and their salaries have risen below inflation. Morale is already low in the Foreign Office after the merger with the Department for International Development due to substantial pay discrepancies. Fewer staff means more work for those who are left, and even less...


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