Results 1261–1280 of 1595 for speaker:Margaret Ferrier

Building Safety Bill: New Clause 19 - Special Measures (19 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I rise to speak in support of new clauses 1, 2, 15, 16 and 23. The events at Grenfell Tower were devastating, with the tragic loss of 72 lives, which shocked us all. Words will never adequately describe the pain felt by the families and friends of the victims. Later, though, as light was shed on the extensive preventable failings that led to the disaster, justifiable anger followed. I am glad...

International Trade: Topical Questions (20 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: British wine traders have expressed concern that the Chancellor’s reforms to alcohol duty might lead to higher prices and less choice in wine. What discussions has the Secretary of State had with her Cabinet colleagues about the impact of these reforms on industry’s ability to trade effectively?

British Council Staff: Afghanistan (20 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Former guards for the UK embassy in Kabul are still awaiting evacuation, despite the Government’s promise months ago to evacuate them. All French embassy guards have been evacuated and Canada has even evacuated cleaners, while Germany and Australia still have evacuations under way. Will the Minister provide an urgent update on FCDO plans in this respect?

Business of the House (20 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I am proud to say that the bank hub pilot in Cambuslang has been a resounding success, and the Post Office with its retail bank partners is looking to expand that across the UK, with five more hubs in the pipeline. Cambuslang community council is acting in a mentoring capacity to allow the proposed sites to share their expertise, so will the Leader of the House schedule a debate in Government...

Uyghur Tribunal Judgment (20 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I congratulate the hon. Member for Wealden (Ms Ghani) on securing today’s debate, and I commend her and the right hon. Member for Chingford and Woodford Green (Sir Iain Duncan Smith), who is no longer in his place, for their very powerful contributions. The brutal reality that crimes against humanity and acts of genocide can still occur in 2022 is unbelievable. The tribunal’s judgment...

Uyghur Tribunal Judgment (20 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I thank the hon. Lady for that intervention, I am glad for the clarification and I hope the Minister will consider it in her remarks. In exactly one week, we will be in this Chamber again, this time to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, and this year’s theme is learning from genocide. Would it not be timely if the Government chose the following few days to stand up against the current acts...

Cost of Living — [Judith Cummins in the Chair] (25 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Mrs Cummins. I congratulate the hon. Member for North Ayrshire and Arran (Patricia Gibson) on securing today’s important debate, which keeps a spotlight on an issue that impacts every person across the UK—including in my constituency. The current rate of inflation is 5.4%, which is the highest it has been in three decades. The Bank of...

Ukraine (25 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: There are reports of some Ukrainians beginning to stock up on non-perishable goods. Can the Prime Minister confirm that the Government have plans in place to support provision of necessities to ordinary Ukrainian people if necessary?

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Fly-tipping (27 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Fly-tipping is a blight across the UK, both in rural and in urban areas. What recent assessment has the Minister made of the need for fly-tipping to be treated as organised crime, so that investigations are properly resourced?

Business of the House (27 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Dickson chemist in Rutherglen, in my constituency, has become the first Scottish pharmacy to have a hyperbaric chamber available for customers. Hyperbaric chambers can have huge health benefits for tissue damage repair or chronic illness, such as multiple sclerosis. While recognising that health is a devolved matter, will the Leader of the House schedule a debate in Government time on how...

Holocaust Memorial Day (27 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: It is an honour to follow the hon. Member for Strangford (Jim Shannon). I congratulate the Members who secured the debate, and I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Warrington North (Charlotte Nichols) and the right hon. and gallant Member for Beckenham (Bob Stewart) for their powerful and moving contributions. I thank South Lanarkshire Council’s instrumental music service, which worked...

Russia: Sanctions (31 Jan 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: There are concerns in the food industry that a Russian invasion of Ukraine could lead to food shortages in the UK, as Ukraine is becoming a significant exporter of goods such as cereal products to the UK. What plans do the Government have to protect UK food supplies if Putin opts to disregard sanctions and presses ahead?

Written Answers — Treasury: Poverty: Rutherglen and Hamilton West (1 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the number of people living in destitution in Rutherglen and Hamilton West constituency.

Scotland: Scottish Parliament: Legislative Remit (2 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: What recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Government on the legislative remit of the Scottish Parliament.

Scotland: Scottish Parliament: Legislative Remit (2 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Yesterday, Holyrood backed a motion rejecting voter ID measures in the Elections Bill because they would disenfranchise Scottish voters. That is an indication of the strength of feeling for people across Scotland, and in my constituency, that the UK Government are not giving them due consideration through the legislative process. Can the Secretary of State confirm what plans the Government...

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Bill: Clause 1 - Conversion of guaranteed minimum pensions (2 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Efford. I am grateful to you and to Committee members for joining me today to look at the detail of this legislation, which, as I said on Second Reading, is very technical in appearance but has a clear and simple purpose. The Bill will help occupational pension schemes to convert guaranteed minimum pensions, at the same time correcting the...

Public Bill Committee: Pension Schemes (Conversion of Guaranteed Minimum Pensions) Bill: Clause 1 - Conversion of guaranteed minimum pensions (2 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I thank all those who have contributed to this short, constructive debate and all Members who agreed to serve on the Committee. I also thank all those who contributed more widely to the small but incredibly important changes made by the Bill, and ask that everyone continues that cross-party support until we get the Bill over the line. I also thank the Minister for his support throughout, and...

Work and Pensions: Work Coaches in Jobcentres (7 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: The DWP is looking to cut thousands of fixed-term contract work coaches at EO level from jobcentres but reportedly will retain almost all staff at the lower-paid AO grade. Have the Government considered how this will impact on lower-grade staff in terms of workload and stress and how those losing their jobs will afford their living costs until they can secure a new role?

Laboratory Animals: Animal Welfare Act — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (7 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: While I acknowledge that there remains a need for animal testing in some areas of medicine, current legislation negates any need to urgently move away from unnecessary procedures or experiments. Does the hon. Member agree that the Government need to apply greater pressure for alternative methods to be used?

Laboratory Animals: Animal Welfare Act — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (7 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I thank the hon. Member for being so generous in giving way a second time. Gene-based medicine is a rapidly developing science that allows treatment to be completely personalised based on a patient’s DNA. That could not be replicated through animal experimentation. Does the hon. Member agree that this kind of medical science must be prioritised when it comes to research, to avoid...


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