Results 1241–1260 of 1487 for speaker:Margaret Ferrier

Business of the House (16 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: On 23 September, following an urgent question on the energy crisis, the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy offered to meet me to discuss a particularly complex constituency case. The meeting was scheduled for 16 November, only to be cancelled at the last minute. The rescheduling was pushed to another Minister, who has still not found time in his diary. I would...

Backbench Business - Christmas AdjournmentBackbench Business (16 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: I am grateful for the opportunity to speak today, and for all the opportunities I have been given to speak by all the Chairs this year. The hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon) and I have a running competition to see who will get in first, and he would be here today but for his being in Westminster Hall at the moment, leading on another debate. I also wish to thank the Leader of the...

Animal Testing (16 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: Thank you, Mr Deputy Speaker, for the opportunity to speak today on this issue and for granting this important debate. I have said many times, and in many debates in this House, how passionately I feel about animal welfare. I know I am not alone among my colleagues in that respect, and I know I am not alone in my constituency. We are a nation of animal lovers, and that is why animal rights...

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Neuromuscular Disorders: Health Services (30 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what steps his Department is taking to tackle unwarranted variation in (a) treatment of, (b) care and (c) support for people with neurological conditions.

Written Answers — Department of Health and Social Care: Neurology (30 Dec 2021)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what plans his Department has to work with neurological charities and patients to restore and improve neurology services.

Building Safety (10 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Since last April, I have been seeking answers for a constituent in Cambuslang who has been trying to sell a flat between 11 metres and 18 metres, which was wrongly assessed to have failed the EWS1 form because of cladding. The Scottish Government have launched a free-of-charge assessment pilot, but details about the full roll-out and remediation payments are still pending. What discussions...

Eye Health and Macular Disease — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] (11 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: In 2018, the Royal College of Ophthalmologists found that there was a need for an extra 230 consultants and 204 staff and associate specialists over two years. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that recruiting and retaining staff in the ophthalmology workforce needs to be a primary consideration?

Eye Health and Macular Disease — [Caroline Nokes in the Chair] (11 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Following that point, it is really important to use the available data effectively in understanding the level of serious eye issues experienced across the UK. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that streamlining data sharing across all health care providers should be mandated?

Reducing Costs for Businesses (11 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I have raised the case of a certain business in my constituency before. It is a well-known family-run company that is about to reach its centenary. When the time came for the business to renew its energy tariff last year, it was increased by £30,000—almost 500% more than in the previous year. That was an astronomical cost, which has caused considerable stress to the owner at a time when he...

Women and Equalities: Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (12 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: The under-representation of women in STEM is informed by a variety of factors. What assessment have the Government made of how careers in niche areas of STEM such as photonics can be better advertised and incentivised for women?

Cabinet Office: Cyber-security (13 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: What recent steps the Government have taken to strengthen cyber-security in the UK.

Cabinet Office: Cyber-security (13 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: A cyber-attack last March on the UK Defence Academy was recently reported to have caused significant damage despite ultimately being unsuccessful. Those behind the attack remain unidentified. What measures are the Government considering to improve identification of malicious hackers and impose consequences on them?

Business of the House (13 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: The Scottish Tourism Alliance found this week that one in three businesses in Scotland are likely to fail this year. Retaining the reduced rate of VAT is essential to supporting the hospitality sector and preventing businesses from passing mounting costs to consumers who are already struggling with the cost of living. Will the Leader of the House schedule a debate, in Government time, on the...

Bahraini Political Prisoners (13 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: The all-party parliamentary group on human rights, which I co-chair, has been concerned about serious and systematic human rights violations in Bahrain for decades. Then and now, the following have been at the heart of the problems in Bahrain. The Executive retain far too much control, their powers remain largely unchecked and the majority Shi’a Muslim population feel discriminated against...

Bahraini Political Prisoners (13 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: No. Like many colleagues, I visited Ali Mushaima during his hunger strike in front of the Bahraini embassy to highlight the plight of prisoners of conscience such as his father Hassan and Abduljalil al-Singace. I, too, got the same letter from the embassy. The all-party group on human rights has been trying for some years to promote a genuine and substantive political dialogue between the...

BBC Funding (17 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Is one option that the Secretary of State is considering to increase funding by allowing the BBC to carry advertisements? If so, has she considered the risk that that will remove the balanced factual basis of BBC news reporting?

Elections Bill: New Clause 11 - Power to make regulations about registration, absent voting and other matters (17 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Although I do not wish to repeat in detail the excellent points made by so many colleagues, I want to put on record my unequivocal opposition to the Bill in its current form. On the issues that this Bill does not cover, last week I tabled new clause 10 that would amend the Representation of the People Act 1983 by removing the current requirement for public notice of the address of election...

Gas and Electricity Costs — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (18 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Edward. I congratulate the hon. Member for Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross (Jamie Stone) on securing today’s timely and critical debate. We should soon, hopefully, begin to see some economic recovery at the end of a very long couple of years. Unfortunately, there are too many people across the UK who cannot wait indefinitely for...

Gas and Electricity Costs — [Sir Edward Leigh in the Chair] (18 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: The hon. Gentleman is absolutely right. I think we all find the rise in the use of food banks in our constituencies shocking. As the hon. Member for Newton Abbot (Anne Marie Morris) said earlier, people who would not normally have to attend a food bank who are having to do so now, so there definitely is a squeeze on people’s incomes. These households cannot and should not have to wait up...

Animal Welfare (Sentience) Bill [Lords] (18 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Does the hon. Member agree that a duty to create and maintain a cross-Whitehall animal sentience strategy would ensure strengthened ministerial responsibility, with greater oversight of the legislation’s impact and scientific opinions or advances?

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