Results 1–20 of 502 for (in the 'Commons debates' OR in the 'Westminster Hall debates' OR in the 'Lords debates' OR in the 'Northern Ireland Assembly debates') speaker:Alison Thewliss

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: International treaties and agreements (13 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: Does my hon. Friend share my concern that there has been no proper commitment yet to continuing with Erasmus+, which gives so many children in my constituency opportunities to go and make friends, to travel out into the world and to broaden their horizons?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: International treaties and agreements (13 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: Is the hon. Gentleman aware that, as well as chlorinated chicken and other items, infant formula is regulated differently in the US from in the EU? There are higher levels of aflatoxins in US infant formula than in EU infant formula, which could prove detrimental to infant health.

Quality in the Built Environment (13 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: It is good to see you in the Chair, Ms Ryan. I will try to be brief. I might pick up where the hon. Member for North Swindon (Justin Tomlinson) left off, with unadopted roads, which are a serious issue. My mother-in-law has spent many years fighting with her local council in an attempt to get her road adopted, and it is a real challenge if those things are not done as they should be. In...

Work Capability Assessments — [Siobhain McDonagh in the Chair] (13 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: The hon. Gentleman is making a very good case that chimes with my constituent, Mr Ramsey, who had his ESA terminated. He has arthritis, kidney and heart problems, type 2 diabetes and colitis, and he receives DLA at the higher rate. He is at risk of a heart attack and a stroke if he is made to go back to work, but he was told he could not get what he was entitled to. He has now been placed in...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: Does the hon. Gentleman not accept that the Government are actually creating far more families like Charlie Bucket’s, with old people huddling together in bed because they cannot afford to live?

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: The national living wage that the hon. Gentleman speaks of is not actually set at the national living wage rate. Does he agree that there needs to be a real national living wage that is available to everybody, including those under the age of 25?

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: Is the hon. Gentleman aware of the extensive correspondence on the Scottish Government’s website that provides evidence of the Scottish Government’s efforts to persuade colleagues down the road here that the exemption was valid? If the exemption in the Budget for combined authorities in England and Wales is valid now, surely Scotland’s fire and rescue services are due their...

Finance (No. 2) Bill (11 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: My hon. Friend is making a very good point about the right to buy. Apparently about 40% of the houses that were sold off as a result of the scheme are now in the private rented sector, and a greater cost is being incurred in the form of housing benefits, so the policy does not even make economic sense.

Oman, Uae and Iran (11 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: The conflict in Yemen has been characterised by serious breaches of international humanitarian law on all sides; there have been 318 incidents of concern relating to the Saudi-led coalition. Can the Foreign Secretary tell the House what discussions he had on his visit about breaches of international humanitarian law, and about the imminent threat to the life of civilians and aid workers...

Brexit Negotiations (11 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: In answer to a question I asked about the tampon tax, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury said that the Government continue to press for a VAT zero rate for women’s sanitary products at the EU level. If the Government cannot negotiate, in two years, a zero rate for the tampon tax, what hope do we have of a trade deal?

Women in the House of Commons — [Mr Virendra Sharma in the Chair] (7 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: It is a pleasure to see you in the chair, Mr Sharma. I am not quite sure that that time limit will work for what I have here, but I will do the best that I can. I thank the right hon. Member for Basingstoke (Mrs Miller) for her speech and for her Committee’s work on its excellent report, and I thank all those who gave evidence to that Committee. I share the disappointment of everybody...

Royal Assent: Business of the House (7 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: The British Association of Social Workers advised its members this week that it considered it unethical and degrading to subject a woman to the disclosure of an incident of rape to a third party just to access benefits. It joins a list including the Scottish Government, Unison, the British Medical Association and the Royal College of Nursing. May we have a debate on the growing condemnation...

Universal Credit Project Assessment Reviews (5 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: The hon. Member is speaking very well, and I am glad that she is raising these issues. Is she aware that for some families who now fall victim to the family cap on universal credit it does not pay to go out to work, because work will pay them less than the nursery fees required if they have a third child?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: I pay tribute to the hon. Member for Ilford South (Mike Gapes), because that was an absolutely perfect speech. It had to be made and I am glad that he did it. We have talked in general terms today about lots of the things to do with the new clause and what it might mean, about clause 11, and about the 111 things that require some attention. I want to look at how issues of waste are dealt...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: I would take issue with that, and our plan is ambitious. An awful lot of our plan depends on the existence of a European market for waste. Lots of waste goes backwards and forwards to Europe for processing. There has been no clear detail from the Government about what they mean by an interim period or a temporary period before further powers are released to the Scottish Government. We already...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: Would the hon. Gentleman like to tell us how interim interim is?

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Homelessness and Rough Sleeping (4 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: May I begin by paying tribute to the former Labour MP Jimmy Hood, who was MP for Clydesdale and my home town when I was growing up, and who I understand has died today? My thoughts and those of the Scottish National party are very much with his family and friends. Shelter has found that eviction from private tenancies in England accounts for 78% of the rise in homelessness, and some of the...

Oral Answers to Questions — Communities and Local Government: Home Building (4 Dec 2017)

Alison Thewliss: The Scottish Parliament has delivered more than 69,500 affordable homes since 2007, during the period of SNP government, and the new-build social sector completion rate is at 72 per 100,000 population, compared with just 49 in England. Why exactly was there no commitment to increase social rented housing in the Budget?


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