Results 1–20 of 736 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Patrick Grady

Surgical Mesh (19 Apr 2018)

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...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Business of the House (19 Apr 2018)

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,...

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Channel Fixed Link (19 Apr 2018)

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.

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport: Channel Fixed Link (19 Apr 2018)

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.

Oral Answers to Questions — International Development: CHOGM: Sustainable Development Goals (18 Apr 2018)

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...

Syria: Syria (16 Apr 2018)

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.

Autism (29 Mar 2018)

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...

Counter-Daesh Update (29 Mar 2018)

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...

International Trade: Future Trade Agreements (29 Mar 2018)

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?

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Diplomatic Service: Funding (27 Mar 2018)

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.

Oral Answers to Questions — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Diplomatic Service: Funding (27 Mar 2018)

Patrick Grady: I wonder whether the Secretary of State can tell us how many of those diplomats are going to be stationed in far-off places such as Camden. More specifically, will he tell us how many are going to be stationed in Brussels and how much these new unelected Brussels bureaucrats are going to cost the public purse?

EU Referendum: Electoral Law: National Security and Russia (26 Mar 2018)

Patrick Grady: Do the complex challenges that my hon. Friend is laying out, and the different, complex responses that are needed, not show even more the folly of the blunt instrument of investing all this money in Trident, which is increasingly irrelevant in responding to those challenges?

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Poverty: Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (26 Mar 2018)

Patrick Grady: What assessment she has made of the effect of the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 on levels of poverty.

Oral Answers to Questions — Work and Pensions: Poverty: Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016 (26 Mar 2018)

Patrick Grady: Does the Minister agree with his colleagues in Westminster Hall last week who were still trying to blame the financial crash of 10 years ago in making it a justification for these reforms? Will he finally admit that the reforms are in fact an ideological smash and grab on the poorest in society by a Government obsessed with rolling back the size of the state?

Future of the Commonwealth — [Philip Davies in the Chair] (21 Mar 2018)

Patrick Grady: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Mr Davies. I will do the best I can in the four minutes available. I congratulate the hon. Member for Gloucester (Richard Graham) on securing the debate. In the last Parliament, I was a vice-chair of the all-party group on the Commonwealth. Unfortunately, I missed its annual general meeting this year, but it does good work, and he can be...

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Patrick Grady: I welcome the opportunity to contribute to the debate from the Scottish National party Front Bench. As well as being a member of the SNP, I am a member of Plaid Cymru, so this is a good opportunity to show solidarity not just with our colleagues from Wales—[Interruption.] Well, I joined Plaid in September 2014, when people in their tens of thousands were joining the SNP and I wanted to...

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Patrick Grady: Absolutely, and I think my hon. Friend makes a number of important points that the House will take on board. Tourism is absolutely vital to economies across the United Kingdom and will only become more so in the years to come. I will look briefly in my remarks at the impact of Brexit on the economy, but I know that a large number of Members from Wales want to speak, so I will be as brief as I...

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Patrick Grady: It is important that efforts are made by the devolved Assemblies wherever possible. I have seen figures from Dyfed-Powys police showing that were policing to be fully devolved to Wales and funded per head of population, Welsh forces would be £25 million better off. We welcome the UK Government’s recent decision finally to allow the Scottish integrated police service to reclaim the...

Other Proceedings: Welsh Affairs (19 Mar 2018)

Patrick Grady: Indeed, although most of them got an involuntary day off in any event as a result of the snow. I look forward to other contributions to the debate. I know that many other Members want to take this opportunity to celebrate the important contribution that Wales makes to the economy, society and culture of these islands. I am reminded of the motto of my city: let Glasgow flourish. The same ought...

Oral Answers to Questions — Education: Student Retention: Higher Education (19 Mar 2018)

Patrick Grady: Does the Minister accept that if we want to retain students not just through their undergraduate degrees, but into postgraduate studies and long-term academic careers, they will need to have confidence about the benefits and provisions that will come with that? To that end, what discussions is he having with the University and College Union and Universities UK about resolving the pensions dispute?


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