Results 1361–1380 of 1479 for speaker:Margaret Ferrier

Backbench Business: Working Tax Credit and Universal Credit: Two-Child Limit — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (21 Apr 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: An exception to the two-child limit is where the child was conceived in non-consensual circumstances, but to be eligible for this exception the parent must be able to point to either a conviction or a criminal injuries compensation claim. Does the hon. Member agree that as rape conviction rates are so low, because the bar for evidence is so high, this requirement further victimises claimants?

Backbench Business: Working Tax Credit and Universal Credit: Two-Child Limit — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (21 Apr 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Does the hon. Lady agree that following the Government’s decision to cut universal credit payments, with inflation rates rising astronomically and a real cost of living crisis, a decision to keep the two-child limit is actively pushing children below the poverty line, which will undoubtedly impact on the UK’s levels of social mobility?

Backbench Business: Working Tax Credit and Universal Credit: Two-Child Limit — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (21 Apr 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Research from the New Field Foundation found that the limit does not discourage families from having more children, and has only worsened their financial difficulties. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that Ministers must actively engage with charities and organisations with expertise in policy impact to understand the real-terms impact of such policies?

Backbench Business: Foster Carers (21 Apr 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: The Welsh Government’s initiative Foster Wales has created a network of local authority fostering services across Wales, showing a clear national commitment to the cause. Does the hon. Lady agree that England and Scotland would benefit from a similar national call to action?

Ukraine Update (25 Apr 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I thank the Secretary of State for his statement. The International Atomic Energy Agency has announced that it will undertake a mission to Chernobyl, after gunfire in the area raised concerns about the potential for a major radiation leak. Will the Secretary of State say what discussions he has had with the IAEA, and what it expects to find?

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (26 Apr 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, whether her Department held discussions with the Scottish Refugee Council in advance of the United Nations pledging summit on Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis.

Written Answers — Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office: Afghanistan: Refugees (26 Apr 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what discussions she had with her Cabinet colleagues in advance of the United Nations pledging summit on Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis, about the UK’s ongoing response to the refugee crisis.

Prime Minister’s Visit to India (26 Apr 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: During talks with Prime Minister Modi, did the Prime Minister discuss India’s relationship with China and how pressure from China could slow or hinder trade deals?

Ukraine (26 Apr 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Reports that post-mortem examinations have found evidence that women are being raped before being executed by automatic guns are incredibly concerning and indicative of war crimes. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that the international community must be doing everything in its power to protect women and girls left behind?

Ukraine (26 Apr 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I personally have had two constituents contact me in just the past two days about situations where only some members of a family have been granted a visa to come to the UK. As such, the family have found themselves stranded in an unfamiliar country without the means to support themselves. Does the hon. Member agree that the Home Office whistleblower’s concerns are disturbing and must be...

HM Passport Office Backlogs (27 Apr 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: There is no doubt that staff across the UK have been working hard, but a constituent submitted an application more than 10 weeks before travel. Her Majesty’s Passport Office made a series of mistakes and seriously mishandled it; it even lost my constituent’s documents. When my office tried to help, it told my staff on one occasion that the application had not been made until a week after...

Channel 4 Privatisation (27 Apr 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: All 4 is the UK’s largest free-of-charge streaming service, providing entertainment and educational programming across the UK, without regard to users’ income, which is particularly important in this economic crisis. How can the Government believe that removing that service will benefit low-income families?

Written Answers — Home Office: Visas: Afghanistan (28 Apr 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made in progressing Afghanistan related cases, in the context of the UK co-hosting the United Nation’s pledging summit on Afghanistan’s humanitarian crisis.

Ukraine: UK Military Support (11 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: The UN has said that the Ukrainian death toll is likely to be much higher than the 3,381 so far confirmed. What support is the UK offering to help Ukraine to retrieve and count its dead and ensure that families are informed where possible?

Jim Fitton: Detention in Iraq (11 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I thank the Minister for coming to the Chamber today to respond to this UQ. What constructive action can the Government take to put pressure on Iraq to secure Jim’s safe release or, at the very least, to have the abhorrent threat of the death penalty taken off the table immediately?

HM Passport Office Backlogs (12 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I put on record my thanks to the Glasgow passport office, which has been most helpful to my caseworkers. I have a constituent who has applied for a child’s passport. The child is a dual national; as part of the application for a British passport, my constituent provided the child’s Australian passport, which is in date. They travel next week, and my team have been urgently supporting them...

Hong Kong Arrests Under National Security Law (12 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I thank the Minister for appearing in the Chamber to answer the urgent question. Does he consider the statements by Hong Kong’s new leader John Lee about cracking down on “fake news” to be as worrying as I do, given the accusations of human rights abuses in the region? Have the Government yet sought engagement with Lee? How do they intend to apply pressure to protect democratic freedoms...

Business Question (12 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: The David Livingstone birthplace museum in Blantyre in my constituency has been nominated for the best permanent exhibition at the museums and heritage awards. The museum documents Livingstone’s life and career, good and bad, and seeks to educate about Scotland’s role in slavery and colonisation. Having visited a number of times, I can attest to the power of the exhibition. Will the...

Safe Hands Funeral Plans (12 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I thank Mr Speaker for granting this important Adjournment debate. I know that my constituents and other hon. Members’ constituents who have been affected will be grateful that the situation has been recognised with due seriousness. On the first day of the Easter recess, my constituent Patrick Hughes called my office following the collapse of Safe Hands Funeral Plans, which had gone into...


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