Results 1–20 of 178 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

Health and Social Care: Topical Questions (20 Mar 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: This morning I met the family of Alfie Dingley and members of the End Our Pain campaign. Alfie’s case, along with those of Murray Gray and Billy Caldwell—and many, many more—highlight the case for medical cannabis. Will the Minister liaise with the Home Office to introduce medical cannabis for the thousands of people who would benefit, but who do not want to be branded as...

Disabled People and Economic Growth: Cancer Strategy (22 Feb 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: I thank the hon. Member for Basildon and Billericay (Mr Baron), who cannot be with us today, for being proactive in securing the debate this afternoon. I also thank my hon. Friend the Member for East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow (Dr Cameron) who stepped in to open the debate in his absence. She raised concerns about targets not being met and the resources available to meet those...

Medical Cannabis (20 Feb 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: I have heard the Minister say that he is going to monitor the situation and that he is looking for evidence, but we have had that situation for decades. This place created the problem with poor legislation as far as back as the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. We are in a situation where we know that medicinal cannabis is available that will particularly help Alfie. He has been taking it in the...

Personal Independence Payments — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (31 Jan 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie. I shall keep my remarks short, out of respect to the other Members who want to speak. I congratulate the hon. Member for North West Durham (Laura Pidcock) on securing the debate, which is of particular importance to my constituents. I have to say that I am slightly disappointed at the state of the two Scottish Conservative Members...

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy: Renewable Energy (30 Jan 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: For the first three quarters of 2017, renewable electricity generation in Scotland was 19% greater than in the same period in the previous year. Scotland is on track for a record year of renewable generation in 2017. Will the Secretary of State commend the efforts of the Scottish Government in this area, and, in particular, the new target to have 50% of Scottish energy needs covered by...

Presidents Club Charity Dinner: Points of Order (24 Jan 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. During a Westminster Hall debate I led last Wednesday, on drug consumption rooms, the Minister made some comments that must be queried for their validity. First, the Minister said: “In terms of Spain, the evidence I am given by those who sit behind me is that there is one room open in Catalonia for one hour a day from Monday to Friday.” However,...

Points of Order: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords] (22 Jan 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: I welcome the chance to speak in this debate. I will make a short speech on a topic that has been touched on by Members on both sides of the House. We seem to agree that the introduction of a duty of care for financial service providers would be a good thing. That is not currently in the Bill, but the Bill gives us a vital opportunity to take steps towards introducing such a duty of care and,...

Points of Order: Financial Guidance and Claims Bill [Lords] (22 Jan 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: Very briefly, on the subject of clarification, does my hon. Friend agree that, under devolution legislation, financial and economic matters—fiscal, economic and monetary matters, including financial services—are specific reservations held here at Westminster?

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Topical Questions (18 Jan 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: In my constituency we have the Greenock ocean terminal, from which goods are imported and exported around the world. What assurances can the Minister give me that Brexit will not adversely affect the transportation of goods by sea from my Inverclyde constituency?

NHS Blood Cancer Care: Drug Consumption Rooms (17 Jan 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: Imagine the people whom we would drive out of business! This will do the same thing as it did in the 10 other countries where it has been introduced. I am talking about drug consumption rooms to help people with addiction problems through that phase of their life. Some 90% of people who use drugs in a recreational fashion do not have an addiction problem. We are talking about people with an...

NHS Blood Cancer Care: Drug Consumption Rooms (17 Jan 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: As I was saying before we were so rudely interrupted, we created this situation and we can fix it, but doing so will take a change in attitude at governmental level. Rather than pay lip service to people with an addiction, we need to start listening to what they are asking for. We need to treat addiction as a health issue rather than a criminal justice issue, not just in part but in its...

NHS Blood Cancer Care: Drug Consumption Rooms (17 Jan 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: I completely agree. The first step of the healing process is building a working relationship with someone and earning their trust, so that they come back and do not have the suspicions that we have built among drug users. Drug consumption rooms also seek to contribute to reductions in drug use in public places, in discarded needles and in public order problems linked with open drug scenes....

NHS Blood Cancer Care: Drug Consumption Rooms (17 Jan 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: Absolutely. To my knowledge, the closest thing we have had to that in UK was opened by John Marks in the Wirral back in the 1980s. At that time, local crime dropped by more than 90%. We have the information at our fingertips. Most interestingly, no country that has adopted DCRs has ever regretted it and subsequently closed them. Switzerland and Spain have closed DCRs, but only because the...

NHS Blood Cancer Care: Drug Consumption Rooms (17 Jan 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: Certain aspects of the law are not devolved to Scotland and the laws we require to allow people to work in these facilities with impunity rest here at Westminster. I want those laws to be devolved to Scotland, because we have the appetite to do the job. The Prime Minister’s response was that she knows some people are more liberal about drugs than she is. She is not minded to do...

NHS Blood Cancer Care: Drug Consumption Rooms (17 Jan 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: The police would have the authority to stay within the law. We would not ask them to turn their eye from people who were breaking the law. The law would allow people to carry in their own drugs.

NHS Blood Cancer Care: Drug Consumption Rooms (17 Jan 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: The limit from which a drug may be carried in has not been defined. The point is that the Scottish Government and the Lord Advocate have asked for this facility to happen.

NHS Blood Cancer Care: Drug Consumption Rooms (17 Jan 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: The alternative would be having people shooting up in alleys and contracting HIV and hepatitis C. That might be what the hon. Gentleman wants to see in Scotland; it is not what I want to see anywhere in the United Kingdom. Nobody is saying that drugs are for everybody or that drugs are great. What I and many others are saying is that if we want to stop damaging society and help the many...

NHS Blood Cancer Care: Drug Consumption Rooms (17 Jan 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: I beg to move, That this House has considered drug consumption rooms. It is nice to see you again, Ms Ryan. Let me start with a few undisputed facts. Drug deaths due to overdose are increasing year on year in the United Kingdom. People have been taking drugs of various types for thousands of years. In the last 100 years or so, we have run a campaign to criminalise and persecute people who...

County Lines Exploitation: London — [Dame Cheryl Gillan in the Chair] (17 Jan 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: I may be putting myself on the line here again, but I refer the hon. Lady to Neil Woods, who was an undercover police cop and drug officer for 14 years. He put his life on the line to fight against such people. He probably knows more about cuckooing, county lines, and the production and distribution of drugs than all of us put together. Neil himself estimates, having worked for 14 years and...

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