Results 1–20 of 484 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

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

Neil Gray: I congratulate my right hon. Friend on securing this debate and on his fantastic speech. In the Scottish Parliament, the Labour party in Scotland, the Liberal Democrats in Scotland, the SNP and the Scottish Greens are on one side and the Tories are on the other. On this issue, it has become Scotland versus the Tories.

Points of Order (12 Jun 2018)

Neil Gray: On a point of order, Mr Speaker. I seek your advice on what constitutes a debate. Does one Minister speaking for 19 minutes, and riding roughshod over 20 years of the devolved settlement, constitute a debate in your eyes or under Standing Orders?

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Neil Gray: The Minister has stated that the Government have ended the 1% pay cap, but he has not yet argued for the Treasury fully to fund that for Departments, so perhaps he can explain this point to the House. If he advocates an end to the 1% cap, what percentage pay rise does he think would be acceptable to our public sector workers, and will he argue with his Treasury colleagues to see that properly...

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Neil Gray: I am in awe at my constituency neighbour, the hon. Member for Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill (Hugh Gaffney), for enabling us to have more protected time for the Front-Bench speeches, given what you said earlier, Mr Owen. It is a pleasure to take part in the debate with you in the Chair, and I must add my congratulations to those given by others to my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow...

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Neil Gray: My problem with the so-called national living wage is the fact that it is not national, because it is not available to under-25s, and it is not a living wage, because it does not get near the real living wage. Its branding was clearly an attempt to make it look as though it were the real living wage; that is massively problematic. I acknowledge that it is a large pay increase for some, but...

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Neil Gray: Mr Owen has already reprimanded me for jousting during the debate and has indicated that I should wind up. [Interruption.] By all means I shall give way to the hon. Member for Solihull.

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Neil Gray: I have already stated—this is probably for another debate—that interventions in the tax system are not the most efficient way of targeting people on low incomes. A far more efficient and effective way of targeting them to ensure that they have a proper quality of life would be to increase the rates of the work allowances of universal credit and tax credits. [Interruption.] I think...

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Neil Gray: The hon. Gentleman appears to be outlining a case for the end of public sector pay restraint. Will he advise us what he feels the Government could do to ensure that Departments are able to fund the pay rises that my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow South West (Chris Stephens) talked about? Might that include the Treasury investing in those Departments?

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Neil Gray: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Neil Gray: Does the hon. Gentleman accept that the pay differential between the NHS in England and the NHS in Scotland is 1% in favour of employees in Scotland?

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Neil Gray: That is not true.

Public Sector Pay Policy — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (5 Jun 2018)

Neil Gray: I am sure the hon. Gentleman understands and appreciates that the terms and conditions of armed forces personnel ensure that there is an even playing field between different areas of deployment. That means that if there are spikes or drops in taxation or any other cost of their employment, they do not have to suffer those themselves. They will get the pay rise, but they will not have to...

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury: New Technologies (22 May 2018)

Neil Gray: The Scottish Government’s Budget included a 70% increase in investment in business R&D. To prevent that investment from being undermined by the Government’s approach to Brexit, will the Chancellor commit himself to maintaining the EU levels of R and D funding beyond the current cycle?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Universal Credit: 2017 Budget Changes (21 May 2018)

Neil Gray: Increased debt, job insecurity, rising stress, housing insecurity and unpredictability of income are all highlighted by Gingerbread as issues raised by single parents in receipt of universal credit, and it states that the Government need to go further. How does the Secretary of State plan to address those problems and the estimated 165,000 single parents of pre-school-age children who are...

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Topical Questions (21 May 2018)

Neil Gray: Being able to walk 20 metres is an essential part of the PIP assessment process, yet Ministers have told me in written answers that they do not have a policy for their assessment centres to have parking within 20 metres, nor do they know which centres have such a facility. Indeed, the centre that I visited recently had double yellow lines outside. Given that not everyone has access to a home...

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Neil Gray: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Leaving the Eu: Customs (16 May 2018)

Neil Gray: I struggle to understand how the hon. Gentleman can suggest that Opposition Members are frustrating the negotiation position when the Foreign Secretary has to be asked whether he still believes in Cabinet collective responsibility. Will he elaborate?

NHS 70th Anniversary — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (16 May 2018)

Neil Gray: It was remiss of me when talking about childhood obesity and lifestyle changes not to commend those who started and spread the daily mile challenge in our schools. Perhaps the Minister will touch on that, and on its roots in Scotland.

NHS 70th Anniversary — [Stewart Hosie in the Chair] (16 May 2018)

Neil Gray: It is a sincere and genuine pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Hosie. I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Blaenau Gwent (Nick Smith) for securing this debate and for his thorough and measured speech. He talked about the challenges we face in the NHS, about austerity—obviously, across these isles, we all face the challenge of dealing with austerity constraints—and...


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