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Children in Need: Adulthood (6 Sep 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: It is, as always, a pleasure to see you in the Chair, Ms Buck. I, too, pay tribute to the hon. Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak (Steve McCabe) for his passionate, informed and heartfelt speech. He spoke for many of us when he highlighted the consequences of the UK Government’s continued austerity for vulnerable young people and those who are trying to help them. The hon. Member for...

Children in Need: Adulthood (6 Sep 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: That holistic approach is something that I will come on to. It is more than good parenting; it is a societal issue. We have to change the culture of how we address these issues, rather than focusing simply on improving parents. The hon. Member for Newcastle-under-Lyme (Paul Farrelly) gave a powerful testimony focusing on the serious gap in local provision in his area of north Staffordshire....

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Engagements (5 Sep 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: Rural Scotland, including my Argyll and Bute constituency, is facing a depopulation crisis that will be exacerbated by Brexit. Last week, Cleland Sneddon, the chief executive of Argyll and Bute Council, added his name to those calling for a more flexible, devolved and regional immigration policy and offered Argyll and Bute as a pilot area to test it. Will the Prime Minister agree to meet me...

Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister: Demolition of Khan al-Ahmar (4 Jul 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: Following this shameful demolition, what must the state of Israel do for this Government to act? That has to be the question. The Minister has said many times this afternoon that it is not UK Government policy, but does he agree that the time has come for the UK at least to examine genuinely hard-hitting, far-reaching economic sanctions, because negotiation, pleading and appeals to...

Business of the House (21 Jun 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: A more enlightened US President, John F. Kennedy, once said that “the rights of every man are diminished when the rights of one man are threatened.” Can we have a debate in Government time to discuss the US Government’s decision to abandon the United Nations Human Rights Council, so cynically announced on World Refugee Day, and to allow Members to register their abhorrence...

Defence Fire and Rescue Project: Capita (21 Jun 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: Scottish National party Members have always been very concerned that these vital services were ever thought appropriate for privatisation. Our added concern is that the protection of national and defence strategic assets has been given to a company with such a chequered past. Indeed, on the day of the announcement, Capita’s chief executive was appearing before the Public Accounts...

NHS Long-Term Plan: Sewel Convention (18 Jun 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: I rise as one of those law-abiding, taxpaying Scots that the hon. Member for Gordon (Colin Clark) so clearly has such disdain for. Regardless of what Government Members would have us believe, it is now clear to everyone that, following last week’s unprecedented power grab on the Scottish Parliament and its powers, the Conservative party and this Government have finally abandoned any...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Sewel Convention (14 Jun 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: This week, the Secretary of State’s Government abandoned any pretence of a commitment to devolution. By refusing to recognise and respect the sovereign will of the Scottish people and the will of the Scottish Parliament, his Government decreed that only he will control the powers of the Scottish Parliament, it can have only what he says it can have and it will be this place that will...

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Broadband: Consumers (11 Jun 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department has plans to appoint a broadband consumer champion.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Telecommunications: Consumers (8 Jun 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to strengthen the consumer within the telecoms sector.

Written Answers — Department for Transport: Shipping (7 Jun 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the recent delays at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency of six weeks in issuing a Coding Certificate for UK registered vessels.

Written Answers — Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Comcast (22 May 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take into account whether Comcast’s bid for Sky includes commitments to maintain Sky’s employment levels in (a) Scotland and (b) throughout the UK.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Data protection breaches by national news publishers (15 May 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: Like many others, I read with interest the Government’s proposals published this morning in response to Lords amendment 62B, and I have to say that they are not entirely without merit. Indeed some of what is contained in the Government’s “consideration of Lords messages” around extending the power of the Information Commissioner is interesting and sensible and could...

Backbench Business: Channel 4 Relocation — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (10 May 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: It is a pleasure to serve under your chairmanship, Sir Graham. This is an important debate about one of the most exciting media developments that has happened in the UK in many years. As many others have done, I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Glasgow South (Stewart Malcolm McDonald) on securing this debate. I thank all hon. Members for their contributions in this well-informed...

Backbench Business: Channel 4 Relocation — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (10 May 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: I could not agree more. It does not happen often—let us call it a red-letter day—but I believe I am in agreement with the hon. Gentleman. As the leader of Glasgow City Council, Susan Aitken said, our city has “a high concentration of skills, academic excellence and a highly qualified workforce.” Although I am the proud representative of Argyll and Bute, I am a proud...

Backbench Business: Channel 4 Relocation — [Sir Graham Brady in the Chair] (10 May 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: Anything that can speed up journey times to Glasgow has a beneficial effect for the whole of the United Kingdom. I am certain that Glasgow City Council would make the transition for Channel 4 as painless as it could possibly be for the company, its employees and their families—more painless than Phil and Kirstie could ever do. We have heard welcome contributions from the hon. Members...

Digital, Culture, Media and Sport: Channel 4 Relocation (10 May 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: Glasgow’s bid to be Channel 4’s HQ has gathered cross-party and, indeed, cross-city support, with Edinburgh prepared to set aside ancient rivalries. Does the Secretary of State agree that with that level of support, coupled with its ability to draw on production infrastructure and creative and cultural talent, Glasgow ticks all the boxes?

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Information Orders (9 May 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: I will be very brief, Madam Deputy Speaker, because we are incredibly tight for time. There is so much in the Bill that I would like to talk about, such as effective immigration control, delegated powers and collective redress, not to mention the achievement of adequacy, but I will concentrate on amendment 5, which appears in my name and those of my hon. Friend the Member for Cumbernauld,...

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Information Orders (9 May 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: I would give way, Minister, but I am very pushed for time. I would like to voice my support and that of the SNP for amendment 15 on effective immigration control. We believe that the exemption is fundamentally wrong, disproportionate and grossly unfair, and we call on the Government to stop it.

Data Protection Bill [Lords]: Guidance about how to seek redress against media organisations (9 May 2018)

Brendan O'Hara: Time is tight, so I will be brief. I rise to speak in support of new clause 18 because the Scottish National party has been clear throughout that all individuals should be able to seek redress when they feel they have been the victim of press malpractice. It benefits each and every one of us to have a media that is both transparent and accountable. The Scottish National party is committed to...


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