Results 1281–1300 of 1487 for speaker:Margaret Ferrier

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

Margaret Ferrier: In my opinion, a key issue is a lack of accountability and oversight at the Home Office. Applications are not reviewed by experts in the field and there are concerns that the application-for-licence process is used as a tick-box exercise. Does the hon. Member agree that the Home Office must take animal testing seriously and treat applications with due regard?

Yazidi Genocide — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (8 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hollobone. I congratulate the hon. Member for Argyll and Bute (Brendan O'Hara) on securing this important debate, and thank the Backbench Business Committee for agreeing to it. I also thank the hon. Member for Wealden (Ms Ghani) for her moving contribution. I am glad that hon. Members here recognise the genocide perpetrated against...

Cost of Living and Food Insecurity (8 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Single young parents under the age of 25 face lower universal credit payments despite being the sole breadwinner for their child and despite, naturally, facing more barriers to work. Does the hon. Member agree that it is unacceptable for the Government to allow children to live in poverty based only on the age of their single mother or father?

Cost of Living and Food Insecurity (8 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Citizens Advice Scotland saw a 20% increase in sanctions-related advice from March to December last year compared with the same period in 2020. The Department for Work and Pensions’ stats show that the number of people sanctioned while looking for work increased fivefold in August compared with June. Does the hon. Member agree that imposing further sanctions on those looking for work will...

Business of the House (10 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I welcome the Leader of the House to his place. On Sunday morning, I will be joining locals at Hamilton Accies football club for The Big Step challenge, which is a campaign to end all gambling advertising and sponsorship in football. The campaign is part of Gambling with Lives—a charity set up by families bereaved by gambling-related suicide. Will the Leader of the House schedule a debate...

UK-Taiwan Friendship and Co-operation (10 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I congratulate the hon. Member for Rutland and Melton (Alicia Kearns) and the right hon. Member for Beckenham (Bob Stewart) on securing this important debate. Taiwan has made significant progress while the People’s Republic of China has stalled. While China remains an authoritarian state, shrouded in secrecy and frequently accused of human rights abuses, Taiwan has taken the necessary...

Dementia Research in the UK (10 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I congratulate the hon. Member for Oldham East and Saddleworth (Debbie Abrahams) on securing today’s debate and on her continued work on this issue, which I know is appreciated by many throughout the House and beyond. It is a pleasure to follow the hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle (Huw Merriman); I enjoyed listening to the stories of his visits. Dementia has a lasting impact on those...

Dementia Research in the UK (10 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I thank the right hon. and gallant Member for that intervention and the hon. Member for Ochil and South Perthshire (John Nicolson) for his story about his lovely mother—a really sparkling lady, who I remember seeing pictures of. It is very sad when people give up the will to live. One in five hospital admissions are for potentially preventable reasons, such as a fall, infection or...

Dementia Research in the UK (10 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I do not agree that people with dementia have nothing else to give to society. As the hon. Member for Bexhill and Battle mentioned, they have some great memory recall, and it can be good to work along with young people from schools. It is essential that we have funding to continue that work and research into dementia because as I said earlier, more and more of us may succumb to that terrible...

Defence: Women in the Armed Forces (21 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: What recent assessment he has made of the experience of women employed in the armed forces.

Defence: Women in the Armed Forces (21 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Women serving in the forces alongside their husband or partner have lost out on their military accommodation when they have reported incidents of domestic violence, because the Army has prioritised the needs of the male soldier. Women have also missed out on promotions or career opportunities as a result of reporting. What steps is the Secretary of State taking to ensure that victims of...

Ukraine (21 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: What assessment have the Government made of the threat against vulnerable minorities in Ukraine such as religious or ethnic minorities or members of the LGBTQ+ community? What discussions have the Government had with international allies about preventing widespread human rights abuses in the event of an invasion?

Business, Energy and Industrial strategy: Nuclear Power (22 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority has rejected proposals aimed at increasing transparency and accountability. There is wide disparity from plant to plant in engagement with local communities on concerns about safety issues such as breakdowns. What does the Minister make of the NDA’s rejection of increased transparency? What steps is his Department taking to reassure communities?

Murder of WPC Yvonne Fletcher (22 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate, which I know carries great personal meaning for him as a former officer with the Met. PC Fletcher unfortunately paid the ultimate price in the name of public service, and it is shameful that even now, more than three decades on, the onus remains on her former colleagues and not on the Government to continue to fight to hold those...

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Electric Vehicles: Charging Points (24 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to (a) reduce the cost of public electric vehicle charging, (b) increase cost transparency at public electric vehicle charging stations, (c) increase the reliability of public electric vehicle charging stations and (d) mandate local authorities to install public electric vehicle charging stations.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Electric Vehicles: Charging Points (24 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much his Department has allocated to supporting (a) public electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure and (b) off-street EV charging infrastructure in each of the next three financial years starting March 2022.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Bahrain: Human Rights (24 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what recent assessment she has made for the implications of her policy of the human rights situation in Bahrain following the recent visit of her Ministerial colleague to Bahrain.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Bahrain: Human Rights (24 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions her Department held on human rights (a) concerns and (b) cases during their recent visit to Bahrain.

Cabinet Office: Topical Questions (24 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Earlier this month, a former civil servant was awarded a large pay-out after suffering a prolonged and sustained campaign of racial abuse, hinting at a systemic problem in the Cabinet Office and its agencies. What steps is the Minister taking to tackle racism in his Department?

Post Office: Horizon Compensation Arrangements (24 Feb 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Soon after I was elected, I was contacted by a constituent whose father had been wrongly caught up in this scandal. He lost everything: his livelihood, and, more important to him, his reputation. He sadly passed away before he had the opportunity to clear his name, and he will never see the benefits of this compensation. Have the Government any plans to offer personal, individual apologies to...


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