Results 1381–1400 of 1432 for speaker:Margaret Ferrier

Safe Hands Funeral Plans (12 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I thank my hon. Friend for his intervention—and I shall have more specific thanks to give him a little later in my speech. I completely agree with the points that he has made. I know that the Government intend to introduce legislation relating to economic crime and impropriety during the current Session, and I hope the Minister can confirm that it is something they are seriously...

Safe Hands Funeral Plans (12 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: As the hon. Gentleman says, many constituents of Members have been affected, throughout the UK. It is very important for people to have that certainty, because uncertainty is an extra worry for them. It is likely that a number of similar smaller funeral plan providers will soon exit the market before regulatory measures become effective. They may be unwilling, or even unable, to meet the...

Safe Hands Funeral Plans (12 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I entirely agree. As I said earlier, it was a case of too little, too late. More people need to be aware of these plans and what they may mean. I look forward to the FCA’s introducing that regulation at the end of July, which is not too far in the future. For customers of Safe Hands, there is the potential for some support in the form of Dignity plc, one of the UK’s largest providers of...

Written Answers — Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Regional Planning and Development: Devolution (16 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what recent assessment he has made of the progress of delivering the levelling up agenda in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Topical Questions (16 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Full fibre broadband coverage is essential to the Government’s aim to level up, but we lag behind most of Europe in rolling it out. What discussions has the Minister had with the Culture Secretary to ensure that the Government have a strategy to work with industry to improve coverage and speed up progress in rural and urban areas of the devolved nations, which currently have the poorest...

Shireen Abu Aqla (16 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I send my condolences to the family and colleagues of Shireen Abu Aqla. Can the Minister confirm that, contrary to the statement of the Israeli military spokesperson, the fact that a journalist is armed with a camera does not make that journalist a target?

Treasury: Access to Cash Strategy (17 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: What recent steps he has taken to progress the Government’s access to cash strategy.

Treasury: Access to Cash Strategy (17 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: If we look at the demographic of people who are most likely to be reliant on access to cash, we see that in large part it is those who are vulnerable or on low incomes. If someone is down to their last £10, they cannot afford a withdrawal fee at an ATM. Will the Government look to make all ATMs free to use for the customer by working with banks and ATM providers to reform the interchange...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Afghanistan (18 May 2022)

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

Achieving Economic Growth (18 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: The Queen’s Speech presents the Government of the day with an opportunity to stand back, take stock and realign their priorities. There are aspects of the new legislative programme that are welcome, and aspects that are less so. Most concerning are the things that are missing from it altogether. I will start with levelling up. Regardless of any personal views we might hold about the...

Child Maintenance Service: Reform — [Christina Rees in the Chair] (19 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: It is always a pleasure to serve under your chairship, Ms Rees. I congratulate the hon. Member for Motherwell and Wishaw (Marion Fellows) on securing a debate on a service that is not often seen as a priority despite the essential issue that it should tackle. When the Child Maintenance Service replaced the Child Support Agency in 2012, it was done under the guise of creating a more efficient...

Dialysis Care Outcomes — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (19 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Acute kidney injuries usually come about as a complication from another illness, and they are more deadly than a heart attack. As the hon. Gentleman said, research indicates that about 30% of acute kidney injury deaths could be prevented with better care or treatment. Does he agree that this is an area that requires urgent attention, looking at kidney disease outcomes in the round?

Dialysis Care Outcomes — [Sir George Howarth in the Chair] (19 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: On that point, the impact of kidney disease and treatment on patients’ mental health is huge. Good mental wellbeing can make a big difference to a patient’s recovery and ability to withstand difficult treatment. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that ensuring patients have access to mental health support is paramount to improving outcomes, and that the NHS must be better resourced to provide that?

Education: Topical Questions (23 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Universities right across the UK have been teaming up with our counterparts in Ukraine, not only to try to ensure that institutions still exist when the war is over, but to deliver lectures to students virtually. What discussions has the Minister had with his colleagues across Government about supporting this impressive initiative, so that it can continue?

Taxes on Motor Fuel — [Julie Elliott in the Chair] (23 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: If the Government are concerned that the fuel duty relief is not being passed down to the pumps, why is that not being addressed, and in the strongest terms? Does the hon. Member not agree that there must be consequences to ensure that the public are not ripped off at the pumps?

FCDO Diplomatic Staff: Funding Levels — [Hannah Bardell in the Chair] (24 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: The right hon. Lady is making a powerful speech. We are seeing the Government push all Departments to make significant cuts to headcounts, and civil service salaries have been stagnating for years. Does she agree that putting our diplomatic services under too great a strain severely risks our ability to build on our international relationships?

FCDO Diplomatic Staff: Funding Levels — [Hannah Bardell in the Chair] (24 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: A constituent who works for the FCDO in East Kilbride wrote to me. He is unbelievably stressed about the rising cost of living and his minimal annual pay award, and he tells me that he may be forced to leave his job. Does the hon. Member agree that tightening the budget impacts not only on frontline diplomatic services, but on everything that FCDO officials do behind the scenes to make...

Ukraine (25 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I want to highlight a case my office is currently handling, in the hope that the voice of the young girl I am about to tell you about will finally be heard. I am grateful that the immigration Minister, the Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, the hon. Member for Torbay (Kevin Foster) is in his place to hear this. Nataliia is 15 years old. When war broke out her parents made an...

Ukraine (25 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I welcome the Minister’s intervention. I am really pleased to hear that because I want to fix the situation for Nataliia. Let me leave the House with the letter that Nataliia wrote to plead her case—not that a child should ever feel that they have to do that. I want Ministers and Members to hear, in her own words, what the situation feels like to Nataliia. It is important that she has a...

Births and Deaths Registration Act 1953 (25 May 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I commend the hon. Member for securing this debate on such a sensitive and important issue, and for the early-day motion that she has tabled. Losing someone, especially a child, is traumatic and can often make someone feel that their life has suddenly spiralled out of control. Does she agree that this is about dignity for the families, and a final opportunity to regain control over their last...


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