Results 1421–1440 of 1479 for speaker:Margaret Ferrier

Ukraine: UK and NATO Military Commitment (20 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Russia has reportedly become China’s biggest oil supplier, following sanctions in the face of the conflict in Ukraine. Can the Minister set out what level of risk is posed by strengthening ties and co-dependency between China and Russia in the immediate and longer term?

Farmed Animals: Cages — [Mark Pritchard in the Chair] (20 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Pritchard. I thank the hon. Member for Stockton South (Matt Vickers) for opening today’s debate, and the near 110,000 members of the public who took the time to sign e-petition 593775. We should acknowledge that it is the not the first petition on this issue, and one containing a similar call to action received over 100,000 signatures...

World Press Freedom Day — [Mr Philip Hollobone in the Chair] (21 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I congratulate the hon. Member for Folkestone and Hythe (Damian Collins) on securing a debate to mark World Press Freedom Day 2022, albeit a little delayed by Prorogation last month. A lot has happened in the world over the past year, such as the withdrawal from Afghanistan and Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. For those stories and many more, if we are interested we have a wealth of detail at...

Access to GP Services and NHS Dentistry (21 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: NHS services are devolved, but many concerns about them are shared across the UK. Some of my constituents have concerns about the price of NHS dentistry offered through private dental practices, and about transparency in how final costs are calculated. Does the hon. Gentleman agree that, particularly given the economic climate, practices must give cost breakdowns before treatment begins, so...

Homes for Ukraine: Child Refugees — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (22 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: My team and I spent months advocating on behalf of a 15-year-old girl who was travelling with her aunt before I managed to get the Minister for Refugees to make an intervention to grant her a visa by exception. I will welcome whatever announcement comes from the Government today, but does the hon. Member agree that it could have been made a bit earlier, to reduce the distress for other...

Homes for Ukraine: Child Refugees — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (22 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I welcome the Government’s announcement today, and I am glad that Nataliia, the 15-year-old girl being hosted by my constituent, is now in Hamilton in Scotland and settling into her new home. Can the Minister say how long it will take for final decisions on visas to be communicated to other unaccompanied minors, and will their cases be prioritised now?

EU Retained Law (22 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I thank the right hon. Member for the statement. I am a member of the European Scrutiny Committee, to which he gave evidence on this subject a couple of months ago. The Treasury has announced reforms to the Consumer Credit Act 1974 as part of this package. In the current economic climate, it is imperative that vulnerable consumers be adequately protected, particularly when it comes to credit...

Antisemitism and Other Racism in Football (22 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: There is no place for antisemitism or racism in sport or society, and stronger deterrents must be in place for both clubs and fans. What does the right hon. Lady make of UEFA’s commitment to review loopholes in its policies for behind-doors matches where games are supposed to be played without spectators as punishment for previous fan behaviour?

Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body: Protection of Stonework (23 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: What steps the sponsor body plans to take to ensure that historically significant stonework is protected throughout restoration works to the Palace of Westminster.

Parliamentary Works Sponsor Body: Protection of Stonework (23 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: I recently took a restoration and renewal Palace tour and saw historically significant artwork painted directly on to the stone in parts of the building that are at risk of flooding. How it can be ensured that that artwork is not lost for future generations to enjoy and that it is properly protected during restoration works?

British Council Contractors: Afghanistan (23 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Afghan contractors worked to protect British Government officials and to keep them safe. We have left those contractors behind and done too little to repay the favour. What work has been under way for the past 10 months across the various Departments involved to try to ensure the safety of all contractors?

Business of the House (23 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Last week, my teenage constituent Jacob Naismith from Blantyre won in the final of the GB three nations boxing tournament—a great win for Scotland. Will the Leader of the House join me in congratulating Jacob on his impressive achievement and schedule a debate in Government time on the value of youth sporting clubs in developing talent such as Jacob’s?

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Directors (27 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what proportion of reports of breaches by directors of the Insolvency Act 1986 and Companies Act 2006 were investigated by the Insolvency Service in each of the last five years.

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Insolvency (27 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of (a) increasing the value of penalties that Companies House levies on companies for filing failures that trigger automatic strike-off routines, and (b) using the funds raised from such penalties to fund Insolvency Service investigations of insolvent companies.

Levelling Up, Housing and Communities: Spatial Disparities: Annual Reporting (27 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Resolution Foundation research indicates that the true cost of levelling up is billions higher than accounted for by Ministers, owing to the continued investment in the south-east of England offsetting the productivity boost in other regions. How will Ministers look holistically at socioeconomic inequalities to better understand how to close the gap?

Written Answers — Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Directors (28 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of expanding the definition of de facto directors to include natural person directors of corporate directors.

Written Answers — Home Office: Bank Services: Freezing of Assets (28 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many bank suspense accounts frozen on suspicion of financial misconduct, where the account was initially opened more than six years ago, are currently open in the UK.

Freedom of Religion or Belief: International Conference — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (28 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Hosting the conference is a privilege. Does the hon. Member agree that if we are to continue being a role model in freedom of religion or belief, we should be doing more to recognise and help the persecuted elsewhere, such as the Uyghurs, who are facing genocide by the People’s Republic of China?

Freedom of Religion or Belief: International Conference — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (28 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Blasphemy laws such as Pakistan’s section 298 persecute people who share the overarching beliefs of the majority but are oppressed because they fall into a different branch of the religion, such as the Muslim Ahmadiyya community, which suffers enormous persecution in Pakistan. Does the right hon. Gentleman think there is anything the international community can do to encourage not just...

Freedom of Religion or Belief: International Conference — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (28 Jun 2022)

Margaret Ferrier: Christians face persecution in many parts of the world, and that persecution is on the rise. It is estimated that around 91% of the murders of Christians happen in Africa, despite the continent having the highest number of Christians in the world. What can we achieve with our international partners, through the conference, that can help to relieve the pressure on Governments in countries such...


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