Results 1–20 of 391 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Neil Gray

Medicines and Medical Devices Safety Review (21 Feb 2018)

Neil Gray: The Secretary of State was right to say that patients’ views have been neglected, and that they need to be central to this review. My constituents who have been impacted by Primodos lost faith in the working group’s review, not least because of that concern. How far will this review go? Will it, for instance, look into the fact that there might be a diminished amount of evidence...

Points of Order (20 Feb 2018)

Neil Gray: rose—

Points of Order (20 Feb 2018)

Neil Gray: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I understand the pressures on time, so I will be brief. I seek your advice on the public actions of a Member of this House. During a debate on 5 February on social security, the hon. Member for Stirling (Stephen Kerr), whom I have notified of this point of order, intervened on my speech to ask a question, which I was happy to answer. It later came to my...

Women’S Suffrage Centenary (6 Feb 2018)

Neil Gray: Today is a very important day. It is right that we celebrate. I think particularly of my daughter and of what society her generation will inherit—will theirs finally be the generation that sees equality across all areas of public life? To assist with that, when my daughter and other young women visit Parliament, I want them to see more female role models immortalised in this place. I...

Committees: Jobcentre Closures (5 Feb 2018)

Neil Gray: The Minister appears to be saying that a reason for closing these jobcentres is that unemployment is down, and therefore the usage of jobcentres may be down. However, the increased conditionality that is attached to universal credit will increase the need for services and the requirement for people to visit jobcentres. Will he not reflect on that and understand why my colleagues are so keen...

Committees: Jobcentre Closures (5 Feb 2018)

Neil Gray: The hon. Gentleman is making a very good speech in support of the very good speeches that have been made. We have heard about the fear that many people will deny themselves the support to which they are entitled because of the closures. There is evidence from the DWP’s own figures on employment and support allowance and jobseeker’s allowance that people have fallen off the system...

Committees: Jobcentre Closures (5 Feb 2018)

Neil Gray: I pay tribute to my hon. Friend for securing this debate and for the tenancy that he and my other colleagues from Glasgow have shown in their campaign against the closures. Does he share my concern that, in such debates or when we talk about social security issues at Question Time, Ministers increasingly turn around and direct claimants to seek advice from jobcentres—the very same...

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Neil Gray: Will the Minister give way?

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Neil Gray: It is a pleasure to be able to set out the Scottish National party’s position. You will not be surprised, Madam Deputy Speaker, if I am rather critical this evening, because I have been speaking about the matters covered by the social security order since my election nearly three years ago. Like the annual review of social security payments, the order covers everything from pensions to...

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Neil Gray: I entirely concur with the hon. Gentleman. He is right to draw attention to one of the Government’s most iniquitous and disgraceful policies. As he has said, no action has been forthcoming to address it. The End Child Poverty coalition has said that it is because of the four-year benefit freeze that more than 50% of children in the UK’s poorest areas are growing up in poverty....

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Neil Gray: The hon. Gentleman will be aware that the new Scottish social security agency Bill is going through the Scottish Parliament so that we can bring in measures that allow us to make changes to how things are done down here. He will also be aware that we have put in place hundreds of millions of pounds of mitigation spending over the past few years, including to ensure that none of his...

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Neil Gray: I think we have heard enough, and I am sure that if the hon. Gentleman wishes to, he can make a speech later. The order will not do much to make up for the lack of conformity that the European Committee of Social Rights has highlighted, and that Ministers seem so clueless about. Its latest report follows the High Court ruling on the UK Government’s changes to personal independence...

Rail Update: Social Security (5 Feb 2018)

Neil Gray: We have indeed, and I am sure I have been copied into the same emails that the hon. Gentleman has received. It is wrong that people still face this glaring injustice, and the new DWP team must look at it again to ensure that there is action upon it. The DWP must also finally act to rectify another pension injustice: that suffered by women born in the 1950s. The WASPI campaign has been the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit (5 Feb 2018)

Neil Gray: Contrary to the “SNP bad” broken record from the hon. Member for Gordon (Colin Clark), will the Secretary of State join me in welcoming the Scottish Government’s recently introduced flexibilities for universal credit payments, and will she consider implementing Scotland’s model down here, especially as her colleague in the Scottish Parliament, Adam Tomkins, has said...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (5 Feb 2018)

Neil Gray: What is the Secretary of State’s response to the report from the European Committee of Social Rights that said statutory sick pay and support for those seeking work or the self-employed is “manifestly inadequate” and therefore in breach of the legally binding European social charter?

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Neil Gray: Leaving aside for a second the merits and demerits of supporting the project or not, the Leader of the House and others have stressed the desperate urgency for this work to be carried out. Why on earth, then, have the Government prevaricated for 18 months and wasted 18 months in getting this debate to the Floor of this House, before even getting it to the House of Lords?

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

Neil Gray: It is a pleasure to sum up for the SNP in this debate with you in the Chair, Mr Hosie. I congratulate the hon. Member for North West Durham (Laura Pidcock) on securing this debate and on her recent promotion as shadow Minister. She made a typically impassioned speech outlining the experiences of her constituents and the thousands who have got in touch with her before the debate. Those are...


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