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Forced Adoption in the Uk: Carillion (12 Jul 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Forced Adoption in the Uk: Carillion (12 Jul 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: Given what the hon. Gentleman has just said, was he surprised as I was that, despite three profit warnings, despite hedge funds betting against its success and despite spiralling pension debt, the Government still handed out contracts to Carillion, including one to the tune of £1.4 billion for HS2?

Forced Adoption in the Uk: Carillion (12 Jul 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: What the hon. Gentleman is saying is typical of the attitude that Carillion was too big to fail—and not just with HS2; there was £158 million for Hestia with the Ministry of Defence and £62 million for electrification of the rail line from London to Corby. While the Government continued to give Carillion all those contracts, its suppliers must have been thinking, “Well,...

Defence Industry and Shipbuilding (11 Jul 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: The 1980s will be ancient history for many Members, but the destruction of Clyde shipbuilding during that period remains a living, breathing part of political debate in the west of Scotland. I know that many Conservative Members will roll their eyes and think, “Oh, here we go: Thatcher and shipbuilding again.” I remind them that in October 1984, the male unemployment rate in the...

Transforming Care Programme (5 Jul 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: Thank you very much, Madam Deputy Speaker; it was like Hobson’s choice there, but I eventually got to my feet. I thank the right hon. Member for North Norfolk (Norman Lamb) for securing this important debate. I echo the sentiments of the right hon. Member for Chesham and Amersham (Dame Cheryl Gillan) about there being lamentably few Members present to take part; it makes my job of...

Construction Sector Deal (5 Jul 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: I thank the Minister for advance sight of the statement. I noted with interest that the statement refers to “a joint £420 million investment from the sector and government” and “£600 billion of public and private investment in infrastructure over the next 10 years”. I was wondering about the split between public and private money. With Carillion in mind,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Leaving the EU: Ports (5 Jul 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: My Inverclyde constituency has a thriving port at Greenock, with cruise ships and container ships docking on a daily basis. Can the Secretary of State assure me that the systems, including IT systems, that will be required post-Brexit are well on their way to completion so that ports such as Greenock will not be adversely affected by the UK leaving the European Union?

Commercial Sexual Exploitation — [Ian Paisley in the Chair] (4 Jul 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: I shall keep my remarks short, and hopefully then the hon. Member for Birmingham, Yardley (Jess Phillips) will be able to speak. While I was gathering my thoughts for the debate, I was reminded by a number of people of the importance of the terminology and language I should adopt. I discovered that two groups of people on the same side of the debate disagree about that language and...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Death of Applicants (2 Jul 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: How many universal credit applicants have died during the period that their application was being assessed and as a result have received a zero payment for the days during that period when they were alive.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: Death of Applicants (2 Jul 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: I know of cases where no universal credit payment has been received when constituents have passed away towards the end of their assessment period. Essentially, the DWP classes someone who dies at the end of an assessment period as having died at the beginning. Will the Minister address this so that bereaved families are not financially punished?

Backbench Business - Improving Air Qualitybackbench Business: Advisory Committee: Business Appointments (28 Jun 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: I shall not be too long on my feet. A lot of the points I wanted to raise have already been covered and I have torn a cartilage in my right knee, so I am feeling the pain as I speak. In the report there is a quote from the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee report of 2017, which mirrors closely a comment by its predecessor, the Public Administration Committee from 2012...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Problem Gambling (21 Jun 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: I once again congratulate the Secretary of State on introducing the £2 maximum stake for FOBTs. Will he use his considerable persuasive powers to talk to his colleagues at the Treasury and get that implemented by April 2019, and not a day later?

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (20 Jun 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: The Government granted a licence to British Sugar to grow cannabis on an industrial scale and licensed medical cannabis produced by GW Pharmaceuticals. They have now stalled, proposing that a panel should decide on a one-by-one basis who can benefit from medical cannabis. I am wondering what will happen on day one when 20,000 people apply to that panel. Can the Government not see the writing...

Cannabis-Based Medicines (19 Jun 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: I have to say that I am a little perplexed by this. The Home Secretary is saying that there are currently no legally recognised medicinal or therapeutic benefits of cannabis. I am wondering what we are giving to Billy Caldwell that has led to such a turnaround in his situation and what we are proposing to give to Alfie Dingley, if it has no therapeutic benefits.

NHS Long-Term Plan: Sewel Convention (18 Jun 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: Democratically elected Members of Parliament have the right to express their views on behalf of their constituents and to air their political views on a wide range of subjects—before they are voted on. The recording of dissent is important; otherwise, the record would show that everyone agrees, and apathy would prevail. That is why the suppression of the voices of the SNP MPs in the...

Medicinal Cannabis (18 Jun 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: The fact is that, had Billy Caldwell’s family not taken this to the limits at the weekend, the Government would still be sitting on their hands. The good news is that, for the first time, the Government have acknowledged the therapeutic value of medicinal cannabis. I ask the Government to expand this to people suffering from multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s and certain cancers. It...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Sewel Convention (14 Jun 2018)

Ronnie Cowan: I am going to be a bit more conciliatory than some of my colleagues have been today, and would like to thank the Government’s man in Scotland. I thank the Secretary of State for his insipid statement, I thank the Secretary of State for failing to show respect to the Scottish Parliament and I thank him for failing to engage in meaningful discussions, because people I could not reach...

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