Results 1–20 of 418 for speaker:Brendan O'Hara

Surgical Mesh Implants — [Albert Owen in the Chair] (18 Oct 2017)

Brendan O'Hara: I thank the hon. Lady for calling this incredibly important debate. My constituent Nancy contacted me recently. She had a mesh implant fitted seven years ago, and her life and that of her family have been turned upside down. She is in constant, crippling pain. She needs tramadol, and when the tramadol has not worked, she has been in hospital for four days on morphine. Does the hon. Lady agree...

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Brendan O'Hara: At the start of this week, the Prime Minister told the United Kingdom to be prepared for the possibility of a no-deal Brexit. The warning was clear and unambiguous that with gridlocked negotiations a no-deal Brexit was becoming increasingly likely. Of course, the effects of a no-deal Brexit would be catastrophic. The consequences for our economy, our trade and our EU citizens are obvious, and...

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Brendan O'Hara: I thank the Minister for his point, but I stress again what Rosemary Jay said: the Commission has to go through a legislative process, and it is not within the EU’s gift to do this in an informal way. There could be a further complication in the UK’s achievement of an adequacy decision. As the hon. Member for Cardiff West said, ahead of granting an adequacy decision the European...

Clean Growth Strategy: Leaving the EU: Data Protection (12 Oct 2017)

Brendan O'Hara: The Minister said “something akin” to an adequacy deal. Will he explain what that might mean?

Iran: Human Rights — [Ms Karen Buck in the Chair] (11 Oct 2017)

Brendan O'Hara: I congratulate the right hon. Member for Chipping Barnet (Theresa Villiers) on securing this important debate. She painted a bleak, sobering and depressing picture of life for those who step outside the accepted norms in Iran. She was absolutely right to say that many of us who have been concerned with human rights and freedom of religious belief for many years had hoped that with the...

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nepal: Criminal Law (11 Oct 2017)

Brendan O'Hara: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on the Criminal Code Bill passed by the Nepali Parliament on 8 August 2017; what discussions he has had with Government of Nepal on that bill; and if he will make a statement.

Written Answers — Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Nepal: Religious Freedom (11 Oct 2017)

Brendan O'Hara: To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on limited access to burial lands of religious minority communities in Nepal.

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Cultural Industries (14 Sep 2017)

Brendan O'Hara: The UK’s creative and cultural industries have benefited greatly economically, creatively and culturally from being part of Europe for the past 40 years. That explains why 96% of the Creative Industries Federation voted to remain in the European Union. Other than assuring them that it will be all right on the night, can the Secretary of State tell me what she is doing to ensure that the...

Parliamentary Candidates: Barriers for Women: Scotland-Malawi Relationship (13 Sep 2017)

Brendan O'Hara: I congratulate my hon. Friend on securing this debate. Will he join me in recognising and commending the excellent work of a disproportionately large number of people in my constituency to support the people of Malawi? He has already mentioned the excellent work of Mary’s Meals, but we also have the Mid Argyll Malawi Twinning Group, the Imani Development Foundation in Oban, the...

Sky/Fox Merger (12 Sep 2017)

Brendan O'Hara: I thank the Secretary of State for prior sight of her statement. She rightly acknowledges that there is growing public concern about the concentration of media ownership in fewer and fewer hands. SNP Members absolutely share those concerns. It is essential that there is a plurality of voices within the media across the UK for the maintenance of diversity and standards. Before the recess, SNP...

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

Brendan O'Hara: On a point of order, Mr Speaker.

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

Brendan O'Hara: I merely ask for guidance on the relevance of the hon. Gentleman’s speech on greenbelt and the Scottish Government to the topic of debate.

BBC Transparency — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Brendan O'Hara: In the interests of transparency, like the hon. Members for Eastleigh (Mims Davies) and Taunton Deane (Rebecca Pow), I, too, am a product of the BBC, having spent almost a decade of my career as a television producer there. I have many great memories from there, and indeed made good friends during an interesting career. The BBC has many faults, and I have never stepped back from calling it...

BBC Transparency — [Mr Peter Bone in the Chair] (7 Sep 2017)

Brendan O'Hara: I think it would have to be broadcast after the watershed. My hon. Friend the Member for North Ayrshire and Arran made an important point about how the BBC managed to get away with what it was doing in terms of the gender pay gap for so long. Transparency is absolutely essential. She also mentioned the discrepancy between what is raised in Scotland and what is spent in Scotland, and I agree...

International Day of Democracy: British Citizens: Consular Support — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (6 Sep 2017)

Brendan O'Hara: I know how personally the Minister has been involved in this case, but does he think the Foreign Office and the consular staff in Chennai have done absolutely everything they possibly can to help the men currently in jail?

International Day of Democracy: British Citizens: Consular Support — [Steve McCabe in the Chair] (6 Sep 2017)

Brendan O'Hara: I commend the great work and the service that the hon. Gentleman is doing on behalf of the Greenaway and McCann families. He will be aware, as will the Minister, of the fate of the six British ex-service personnel languishing in jail in Chennai in India, including my constituent Billy Irving. Will he join me in asking the Minister to put pressure on the Foreign Office and the consular...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: European Court of Justice (5 Sep 2017)

Brendan O'Hara: What his Department’s policy is on the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK after the UK leave the EU.

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: European Court of Justice (5 Sep 2017)

Brendan O'Hara: In January, the Prime Minister boldly and unambiguously asserted that Brexit would allow the UK to take back control of its laws and bring to an end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in Britain. Last month, however, the official Government document on the ECJ said something entirely different: that Britain would be willing to work with the EU on arrangements for judicial...

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice: Topical Questions (5 Sep 2017)

Brendan O'Hara: Last week a report from the committee of the United Nations made 60 recommendations to the Government on how they could better comply with the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities. How will the Government respond, and what changes in Government policy can disabled people expect to see as a result?

Humanitarian Situation in Mosul (12 Jul 2017)

Brendan O'Hara: Last November, I raised the plight of the thousands of Yazidi women and children who were being held in slavery by Daesh in Mosul. I asked the Government whether they would seek to provide specialist psychological care once the liberation of Mosul had been completed. Will the Minister tell me what plans the Government are putting in place, now that Daesh has been driven from the city, to...


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