Results 1–20 of 151 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Ronnie Cowan

Prison Reform and Safety: UK Fishing Industry (7 Dec 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: I commend you on your good judgment, Madam Deputy Speaker, and I inform you that I will not be taking any interventions. In Scotland, there is a great divide that has torn apart families and friends. It is not politics, religion or even football, but the age-old question: salt and vinegar, or salt and sauce? Unbelievably, some people prefer sauce with their fish and chips. That is all that...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: Thank you, Dame Rosie. I shall attempt to keep my remarks within the time limit handed down by the Chair, at least 20 minutes ago. As a member of the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, I have been in the privileged position of being able to talk, both formally and informally, with constitutional and political experts about many things, including clause 11. As part of...

State Pension Age: Women (29 Nov 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: We recently heard from the Chancellor about how he had buckled under the immense lobbying pressure of his 13 Scottish Tory colleagues. That pressure supposedly made all the difference to his scrapping VAT payments for Scotland’s police and fire services. Perhaps the half-baked baker’s dozen could have another word in his ear to prove that they understand this situation and that...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: Topical Questions (28 Nov 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: The Scottish Government have committed £250,000 to funding four basic income projects across Scotland. This will enable the Scottish Government to make evidence-based policy. Will the UK Government commit themselves to funding a basic income project?

Anti-bullying Week — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (23 Nov 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Ms Buck. I thank my hon. Friend the Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire North (Gavin Newlands) for securing this important debate. He spoke about his own experience of being bullied and its effect on him, which I am sure many people can empathise with; about many great organisations, including in the LGBT community; and about how bullying, which has...

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: Thank you, Mr Gapes; I was hoping to have longer on my feet—I am sure you will understand that; but much of what I was going to say was elegantly covered by the right hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb) and the hon. Member for Reigate (Crispin Blunt), so I shall skip those parts of my speech. The important point is that no financial cost that can be attributed to drug...

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: I shall cover that point right now: Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell has announced a refreshing of Scotland’s drugs strategy. We will not be complacent about what we have achieved, and we will continue to take an evidence-based approach, and to improve what we are doing in Scotland. We have been working on the seek, keep and treat framework, a joint initiative between the Scottish...

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: Absolutely, Mr Gapes. In conclusion, if we spend money to address addiction problems as a health issue, that will not only bring about better results, but will prove to be less expensive than our current strategy, which criminalises and stigmatises people with addiction problems.

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: The hon. Gentleman is coming to his conclusion. He seems to be saying that we are spending all that money trying to penalise people for drug use and trying to cut off the international supply. He has put horrific figures in front of us today. What will he do to change and affect that outcome?

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: I was too soon.

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: What does the hon. Gentleman say to the Portuguese Government, which decriminalised and legalised and has seen a reduction by half in heroin addiction? What does he say to John Marks, who ran a very successful clinic in Liverpool, where the local crime rate dropped by 90%?

Drug Addiction — [Mike Gapes in the Chair] (22 Nov 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: Is that not symptomatic of the police force taking a different attitude? Many police commissioners have come out and said, “We have to stop arresting people for personal possession.”

Universal Credit Roll-Out (16 Nov 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: I was hoping to talk the House through a timeline that covered all aspects of requiring, claiming and receiving universal credit, but the time allotted will not allow me to do so. My constituency has had full roll-out for 12 months, so this is an abridged version based on what constituents have told me at first hand. My archetypal constituent—I will call her Mrs Smith—is 50 and...

House of Lords Reform: Lord Speaker’s Committee — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (15 Nov 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: On that point, paragraph 10, on page 9 of the report, says: “Since 1997, appointments have averaged 35 per year”. I will skip through some of it, but basically it says that if we continue at this rate, we will “settle at about 875 which, together with 92 hereditary peers and 26 Bishops…a total membership of nearly 1,000.” That is the path we are on.

House of Lords Reform: Lord Speaker’s Committee — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (15 Nov 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Howarth, and to add my voice to over 100 years of debate on the subject of reforming the House of Lords. The unresolved discussion on Lords reform has been going on for so long that an annual debate on the subject must surely now be considered a parliamentary tradition. In 1908, the Queen’s great-grandfather was the reigning monarch,...

House of Lords Reform: Lord Speaker’s Committee — [Mr George Howarth in the Chair] (15 Nov 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: The hon. Gentleman makes my point perfectly. When did we introduce the NHS? It was in the 1950s. The last time I checked, this was 2017. The buildings that make up this Parliament are themselves reflective of what is happening here. They are rotten and crumbling. According to a headline in The Guardian: “Parliament’s buildings risk ‘catastrophic failure’ without urgent...

Referendum on Scottish Independence — [Mr Adrian Bailey in the Chair] (13 Nov 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: I want to redress this imbalance. My constituents in Inverclyde voted almost 50:50; we lost by 86 votes in the referendum campaign. I do not recognise this position of “family against family” or “street against street”. We do not have that feeling. We have got on with our lives and moved on. I will not hear that the people of Scotland turned against each other.

European Economic Area: Uk Membership: Transport in the North (6 Nov 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: I thank the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull North (Diana Johnson) for bringing forward this debate. When I was told that I was scheduled to wind up in this debate, entitled “Transport in the North”, for the Scottish National party, I immediately started researching the train timetables to Aberdeen, Wick, Thurso and beyond, and I leapt for my ferry timetable to Orkney and...

Gaming Machines and Social Responsibility (31 Oct 2017)

Ronnie Cowan: I recently visited the National Problem Gambling Clinic, and commend the work being done by Dr Henrietta Bowden-Jones in supporting people affected by gambling-related harm. However, this is the only such clinic in the entire United Kingdom. Does the Minister agree that more help needs to be provided for individuals and families who have been affected by problem gambling? One way of doing...


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