Results 1–20 of 446 for speaker:Gavin Newlands

Business of the House (12 Oct 2017)

Gavin Newlands: The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, recently spoke about the serious threat facing Spanish democracy. However, the real threat to democracy is the brutal and thuggish approach to the Catalan people as they took part in a peaceful democratic vote. In that, he is acting more like a dictator than a democratic leader. May we have a debate on the right of democratic self-determination to...

Prisons Policy/HMP Long Lartin (12 Oct 2017)

Gavin Newlands: The Minister says that the Government are investing in increasing prison officer numbers, but they are only doing so after slashing funding and causing the problem in the first place. They are only 868 officers into their 2,500 target, but in any event, given an increase of more than 1,300 in the prison population in England and Wales, is 2,500 enough?

The Arts: Health Effects (11 Oct 2017)

Gavin Newlands: It is a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Ms Dorries. I congratulate the right hon. Member for Wantage (Mr Vaizey) on securing this interesting debate, which is extremely well timed. The UK Government’s 2021 city of culture competition is in its final stages. I hope that hon. Members, including the Minister, will forgive me for once again shamelessly plugging Paisley’s bid to be...

Business of the House (14 Sep 2017)

Gavin Newlands: During the summer, I met Renfrewshire charity No Strings Attached, which supports young asthma sufferers to self-manage their condition by improving their knowledge of asthma and by teaching them a wind instrument. May we have a debate on how we better support organisations such as No Strings Attached?

Police Pay and Funding (14 Sep 2017)

Gavin Newlands: Notwithstanding the unrecognisable response of Labour Front Bench, the SNP welcomes the UK Government following the lead of the Scottish Government in lifting the pay cap for public services—recognising that pay is behind inflation and that pressure is increasing on household budgets. Given that Steve White, the chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, has said that many of...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Topical Questions (14 Sep 2017)

Gavin Newlands: Scottish politics can be rather tribal, but yesterday Scottish politics united in support of Paisley’s bid to become the UK City of Culture in 2021. Paisley’s bid is now Scotland’s bid. The final stage of the competition is looming, and a win for Paisley would create a bigger legacy than a win for anywhere else. Will the Minister join us in supporting Paisley 2021?

Attorney General: Leaving the EU: Hate Crime (14 Sep 2017)

Gavin Newlands: In relation to crime, and bearing in mind the Government’s insistence on excluding the EU charter of fundamental rights, does the Solicitor General agree that it is wrong for them to allow what the Law Society of Scotland called “the potential for the erosion of human rights”, despite different parts of the UK having voted to remain in the EU?

Princess Royal Hospital Telford: Bereavement Leave: Loss of a Child (12 Sep 2017)

Gavin Newlands: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Brady. I thank the hon. Member for East Renfrewshire (Paul Masterton) for securing the debate and congratulate him on doing so. He is a constituent of mine, and the last time I spoke across the room from him was in Ralston community centre during a Ralston community council meeting, and I visited as his MP. These are somewhat different...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Gavin Newlands: My hon. Friend prays in aid Lord Judge, but it is fair to say that he is not the only senior magistrate to have problems with the Bill. Referring to clause 6, Lord Neuberger, the outgoing president of the Supreme Court, has said that if the Government “doesn’t express clearly what the judges should do about decisions of the ECJ after Brexit, or indeed any other topic after Brexit,...

Business of the House (7 Sep 2017)

Gavin Newlands: During the recess I met with I Am Me Scotland, an inspiring group working to tackle disability hate crime in Renfrewshire and beyond. With 62,000 hate crimes being committed against disabled people each year in the UK, may we have a debate on this most heinous of crimes?

Coventry City of Culture — [Sir David Amess in the Chair] (5 Sep 2017)

Gavin Newlands: The Minister is certainly making an impressive case for Coventry. I have no doubt that Coventry would hold the city of culture title with distinction, and that Coventry 2021 would be a huge success. However, with the bigger emphasis on regeneration in this year’s competition, does he agree that Paisley, with its economic and social needs, allied with its many cultural delights, has a...

Written Answers — Department for Education: Asylum: Children (14 Jul 2017)

Gavin Newlands: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to HCWS232, published on 1 November 2016, if she will place in the Library copies of the quarterly updates the Government provides to the Children's Commissioners for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on the safeguarding of unaccompanied children.

Written Answers — Department for Education: Asylum: Children (14 Jul 2017)

Gavin Newlands: To ask the Secretary of State for Education, with reference to HCWS232, published on 1 November 2016, when she expects to publish the joint Home Office and Department for Education Unaccompanied Children Safeguarding Strategy.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Children (12 Jul 2017)

Gavin Newlands: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on allowing unaccompanied refugee children to sponsor their parents for the purpose of family reunion.

Written Answers — Home Office: Overseas Students: EU Nationals (11 Jul 2017)

Gavin Newlands: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many non-EU international students left the UK three months after completing their course in each of the last eight years.

Written Answers — Home Office: Asylum: Children (11 Jul 2017)

Gavin Newlands: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied children have been transferred under section 69 of the Immigration Act 2016 in the last six months.

Oral Answers to Questions — Defence: Topical Questions (10 Jul 2017)

Gavin Newlands: At least 603 civilians have been killed by coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria since the beginning of Operation Inherent Resolve, according to the coalition itself, but the UK has claimed responsibility for none of these incidents. Will the Secretary of State commit to greater scrutiny and transparency for civilian casualties caused by UK airstrikes in Iraq and Syria?

Jobcentre Plus: Closures (6 Jul 2017)

Gavin Newlands: More than 300 jobs will move from the Lonend site in Paisley to Glasgow, and this follows hundreds of job losses and transfers at Doosan Babcock and Chivas Brothers. This is the very last thing the Renfrewshire economy needs. Will the Secretary of State assure me that there will be zero redundancies as a result of this move?

Women and Equalities: Topical Questions (6 Jul 2017)

Gavin Newlands: The Scottish Government have committed to increase the number of women on public boards, and the Partnership for Change 50/50 campaign encourages the private, third and public sectors to achieve gender balance on boards by 2020. At the current rate of change, gender balance will take several decades, so when will the UK Government follow the Scottish Government’s lead?

Perth’S Cultural Contribution to the Uk (5 Jul 2017)

Gavin Newlands: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing tonight’s Adjournment debate. He will be aware of how fond I am of Perth, particularly of the mighty St Johnstone—good luck to them tomorrow night in Lithuania. What does it say about the cultural impact of Perth when the title of tonight’s debate is Perth’s cultural contribution to the UK? The debate I held on Paisley’s...


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