Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that UK companies operating in (a) Colombia and (b) Peru comply with international standards on preventing negative social and environmental impacts of their operations on local communities.
Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, what assessment he has made of the effect on the protection of human rights of arbitration clauses in Free Trade Agreements.
Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for International Trade, if he will make it is policy to include clauses to protect human rights and the environment in negotiations on future bilateral trade agreements.
Patrick Grady: How much and what proportion of his Department’s expenditure he estimates will count towards the Government’s 0.7% of GDP aid spending target in 2018-19.
Patrick Grady: Thank you for getting through the Order Paper, Mr Speaker. Can the Secretary of State confirm that none of the money spent financing the recent military action in Syria will be in any way counted towards the aid budget?
Patrick Grady: I congratulate the hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull West and Hessle (Emma Hardy) on securing the debate through the Backbench Business Committee. I took part in a powerful debate on the issue in Westminster Hall, and I am delighted that time has now been made available on the Floor of the House. I commend all those involved with the Sling the Mesh campaign and the all-party group, and I...
Patrick Grady: May we have a debate on community sport and active lifestyles, such as those promoted by local bowling clubs? I had the pleasure of attending Kelvindale bowling club in my constituency for the opening of the season, and I am proudly wearing its tie today. Will the Leader of the House join me in wishing all the best to that club, to clubs across the country, and indeed to the Scotland team,...
Patrick Grady: What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and with his French counterpart on constructing a fixed link across the Channel.
Patrick Grady: Well, can the Minister tell us, then, whether, as the question says, those discussions have included the concept of a new fixed link? The Foreign Secretary seems to think that it is a very good idea, but I am not clear whether anyone else in the Government or the Cabinet does.
Patrick Grady: Tackling climate change is crucial to meeting the SDGs, and we discussed that with the President of Malawi when he visited Parliament yesterday. Is the Secretary of State aware of the letter published by more than 170 faith leaders of a range of religions from across the Commonwealth calling on CHOGM leaders to turn words into action? What leadership is the UK Government showing in achieving...
Patrick Grady: claimed to move the closure ( Standing Order No. 36). Question put forthwith, That the Question be now put. Question agreed to. Main Question put accordingly. The House divided: Ayes 314, Noes 36.
Patrick Grady: My hon. Friend has mentioned Differabled Scotland. Some of the people who run that organisation are constituents of mine, and I had a powerful meeting with them during the general election campaign last year. It is clear that the amount of support needed for people with autism is growing, and the work of Differabled Scotland is particularly valuable because it provides a peer support network...
Patrick Grady: I thank the Minister for advance sight of her statement. We join the tributes to Anna Campbell and offer our condolences to her family. This is a helpful statement, and I recognise the Government’s contribution. Does the Minister believe that the liberation of Raqqa means the head of the snake has finally been cut off? If so, how much longer will UK military involvement continue? I...
Patrick Grady: It is important that the Minister tries to clarify this issue. Brexit is supposed to be about regaining sovereignty and taking back control, so what is actually going to happen? Are this House and the devolved Assemblies simply going to be consulted, or are they going to have to consent to new trade deals?
Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether his Department or its agencies has entered into contracts with SCL group or Cambridge Analytica.
Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has met with representatives of the SCL group or Cambridge Analytica.
Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether (a) his Department and (b) agencies of his Department have had contracts with (a) SCL Group, (b) Cambridge Analytica.
Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether she has met representatives of the SCL group or Cambridge Analytica.
Patrick Grady: To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether her Department or its agencies has entered into contracts with SCL group or Cambridge Analytica; and if she will make a statement.
Patrick Grady: What recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on funding for the diplomatic service after the UK leaves the EU.