Results 1–20 of 346 for speaker:Tommy Sheppard

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe (19 Oct 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Iranian Government on the new charges being brought against Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe; and what steps the Government has taken to secure her release.

Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: It is customary, when I rise to make the third party submission, to thank the Member who has brought the debate. On this occasion, I will decline to do that. The Scottish Government are accountable to the elected Members of the Scottish Parliament, who are elected by and accountable to the Scottish people. It is not a matter for this Westminster Parliament—indeed there is an explicit...

Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: Sit down, please. I have not got time. Despite that adversity, there have been many achievements. Time is short, so let me list just 10. First, in Scotland, people get free medicine. Since that policy was introduced, 34,000 free prescriptions have been issued in Stirling. In Scotland, we do what we can to make taxation progressive. Higher-rate taxpayers in Scotland today pay more than they do...

Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: No, I will not. We use the powers we have got. Crime is at an all-time low. More than 1,000 extra police officers have been on the beat over the 10 years of the SNP Government. Scottish school students’ highers results were a full third higher than they were 10 years ago—a better performance than in any other part of the United Kingdom.

Devolved Powers in Scotland (17 Oct 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: I shall not be giving way at all, because I have not got the time. Help for small businesses in Scotland is at an unprecedented level, and much higher than it is in the rest of the UK. In Stirling, 4,882 businesses benefit from the small business scheme. In Scotland, we will ensure that fracking will not take place beneath the houses of people living in Stirling, in line with their publicly...

Written Answers — Department for Work and Pensions: Work Capability Assessment: Exemptions (17 Oct 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, with reference to the response by the Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work of 12 September 2017 to the letter from the hon. Member for Edinburgh East, on stopping of repeated work capability assessments for people who have lifelong, progressive, degenerative or incurable conditions, how that status will be determined; and...

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Cabinet Office: Sick Pay (12 Oct 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, what the cost of sickness pay to staff in his Department was in each of the 10 years prior to June 2016.

Written Answers — Home Office: National Security: Human Rights (12 Oct 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that security measures undertaken by other governments outside the UK and funded from the public purse operate in conformity with child protection and human rights principles.

Oral Answers to Questions — Cabinet Office: Devolved Administrations: Brexit (11 Oct 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: A lot of us are concerned about the shenanigans going on here and would prefer it if the Government gave a straightforward commitment to transferring relevant powers to the devolved Administrations instead of foutering around. Will the right hon. Gentleman confirm that, when referring to UK-wide arrangements after Brexit, he is talking about co-decision between the UK Government and the...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Children (4 Oct 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many unaccompanied children are supported by each local authority; how many children each local authority has offered to support; and what support has been offered to local authorities to increase their capacity to provide appropriate psychological support for unaccompanied child refugees.

Written Answers — Cabinet Office: Cabinet Office: Location (14 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: To ask the Minister for the Cabinet Office, which of his Department's functions are carried out in (a) England and (b) London; and what the administrative costs were of those functions in each of those areas in the last year for which figures are available.

Petition - System of Obtaining Permanent Residence Certification (12 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: I rise to present a petition relating to the system of obtaining permanent residence certification in the United Kingdom. This petition signed by my constituents and a similar petition signed by another 200 of my constituents express concern at the difficulties many EU citizens living in the UK face in obtaining permanent residence. I wish to record, in particular, the efforts of Uta...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Children (12 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking together with the French Government to reduce the level of unnecessary force used by the police in that country against child refugees and to ensure the protection of unaccompanied child refugees seeking a place of safety in the UK.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: Some Government Members seem perturbed at the description of clause 7 as a power grab, but given the breadth of its powers and the absolute and unqualified way in which they are presented, the legislation represents a transfer of political authority from the elected House of this Parliament to the political Executive of Government on a scale not seen in modern times. Any democrat should be...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: I absolutely concur with my hon. Friend. I say to colleagues opposite: do not let yourselves be played for fools. It is quite clear that there is no intention to devolve. The reason why we warn about this Bill being a danger to devolution is that it is against not just the letter, but the spirit of the Scotland Act 1988, which achieved devolution.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: I find it incredible—Members on the Government Benches have had the answer to this question on three occasions. The point is that there is an opportunity in this place, in this month, in this debate to transfer powers from Brussels to Holyrood, and it is not being taken. Government Members invite us to trust them, but I fear that we cannot do so; if we could, they would have made clear...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: 2nd Day (11 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: I ask the hon. Gentleman to please sit down, as time is very short. Finally, many Members have stood up and said how their constituents voted over Brexit. Let me put this on the record: the people who sent me to this place to speak on their behalf voted by 74% to retain their European citizenship and against the process in which we are now engaged. The people of my country voted by 62% to...

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Children (11 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will consider the recommendations of the report by Christine Beddoe on separated and unaccompanied minors in Europe.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Children (7 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the July 2017 report by Christine Beddoe on separated and unaccompanied minors in Europe, whether the Government plans to create safe travel routes for those minors with a family member in the UK.

Written Answers — Home Office: Refugees: Children (7 Sep 2017)

Tommy Sheppard: To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether officials are working with French authorities to ensure that unaccompanied child refugees in France have information about their legal rights and options.


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